Scaffolding companies urged to host a Big Brew

The Band of Builders charity behind the Big Brew wants to encourage conversations, connections and relationships among mates, making people comfortable discussing issues around mental health and raising awareness of available support services.

The aim of a Big Brew event is to offer scaffolders (or other tradespeople) a safe place to come together and have a chat over a tea or coffee (and perhaps some biscuits).

The campaign was prompted by the shocking figures around mental health in the construction industry:

  • An estimated two UK construction workers die by suicide every day
  • UK construction workers are nearly three times as likely to die by suicide than counterparts in other industries
  • In the UK alone, 400,000 working days were lost to mental health issues in 2018 (55% of all days lost)–Mental health issues cost UK construction £37 billion every year
  • 90% of construction managers admit to mental health struggles

As part of the campaign Band of Builders aims to fund or provide a new range of mental health support services aimed at members of the UK construction industry and focused on supply chain companies, small businesses and the self-employed who were recently discovered to be at higher risk than those working in larger organisations.

If you want to support a Big Brew event there’s plenty of materials on the Band of Builders website to generate interest, including a poster, flyer and merchandise.

Starting in the first two weeks of October 2021 the campaign will continue throughout the year, and it is hoped that every sector within the construction industry will host their own Big Brew and get the trade talking.

Find out more details and register to host your own Big Brew event at

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