Awards night celebrates mental health action within construction sector

The winners of the Mates in Mind Impact Awards 2019 were revealed a ceremony last week.

Adjudicated by an independent panel of leading industry experts, the awards aim to recognise and celebrate the effort and good work of large organisations, SMEs and individuals across the UK to improve the mental health of their workforce.

Awards night celebrates mental health action within construction sector

Seddon Construction accepting its award

This was the second year that the awards have taken place, hosted as part of the British Safety Council’s 2019 International Safety Awards gala dinner held at Grosvenor House in central London.

The winner of the Large Organisations category, Seddon Construction Ltd, was praised by the adjudication panel for having the courage to have a conversation following the tragic death of one of its apprentices, as an organisation demonstrating true leadership to build a vision for the future that had inclusivity, health and wellbeing at its core.

Chevron Traffic Management and Network Rail: IP Western & Wales were Highly Commended in the category.

Artelia UK was announced as the winner of the SME category. The panel were particularly impressed by Artelia’s efforts to use its role in managing supply chains and frameworks, to spread the message and touch as many people as possible. Its work with Mates in Mind was noted to not only have started people talking, but actively changing the way they work to look out for one another and through this, benefiting their business overall.

The two organisations Highly Commended for the SME category were Wring Group and RSE Building Services.

This year, for the first time, Mates in Mind also offered supporters the chance to nominate a colleague for a new category, the Mates in Mind 2019 Individual Champion Award. This award sought to celebrate an individual who exhibited exceptional commitment to improving mental health and wellbeing within their organisation and beyond.

The winner was Richard Carrington from Williams Southern Ltd who was praised for his delivery of change across its Retail Development Programme, including supporting contractors within the scheme living away from home and travelling many miles; as well as for his efforts to champion the belief that companies can start the conversation about mental health at any opportunity.

Awards night celebrates mental health action within construction sector

David White from Galliford Try collects his award

The winner in the Large Organisations category was David White from Galliford Try. David received the award for his energy, focus and inspirational dedication to motivating others, committing his Executive Board to a wellbeing vision as well as supporting the delivery and uptake of Galliford Try’s wellbeing initiative, Be Well.

James Rudoni, managing director of Mates in Mind, said: “Our warmest congratulations to all our winners and those who were Highly Commended - they should be proud of their achievement, but more than that, for their contributions to improving the mental health of their workforce and the wider industry.

“The Awards are only in their second year, as is the charity, but the number and quality of submissions we received were tremendous. We are delighted to see that the Awards are growing to become an annual highlight in the Mates in Mind calendar for our Supporters.

“I would also like to extend thanks to all who made time to apply and to our adjudicators who volunteered in support of this initiative. In addition to this, my congratulations to all those who were chosen to be shortlisted for the various categories. This in itself was a great achievement, so very well done to all the teams and individuals who reached that stage of the process.”

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