In the mid 1970s the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) established its Generation Development and Construction Division at Barnwood, Gloucester and many keen golfers were relocated to the area. Some became members of Lilley Brook Golf Club.

The Electrical Industries Charity Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is designed to help members of our sector no matter what stage they are at in their career. The Electrical Industries Charity want to assist all our sector colleagues including those just starting their career. The Apprentice Support Programme aims to support apprentices in any circumstance. Recently, Danielle, an electrical apprentice, was put in touch with the charity by her family who reached out when they became concerned by her obsessive behaviours.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Electrical Industries Charity want to start the conversation and get our industry talking about mental health and what it means to us. While people are becoming more open in their discussion about mental health we’re still not quite there. We’re used to telling everyone ‘we’re alright’ and for a lot of us we may feel anxious about asking colleagues, friends or even family how they really are.

The powerLottery is The Electrical Industries Charity biggest revenue stream and helps to support our industry colleagues who need a hand up in difficult times. Every single month the powerLottery makes 40 players a little bit better off with 40 cash prizes to be won. The powerLottery also makes our sector a little bit better off as every ticket sale supports key charitable services to our industry. By playing powerLottery you’re giving someone CV support, financial aid, emergency housing, bereavement counselling, mental health support or a hot meal. The powerLottery also helps industry colleagues who may be struggling with undiagnosed conditions.

May is mental health month and with everything going on in the world it's important we look after our mental health, now more than ever. 1 in 3 of the cases EIC support involve mental health and every year the Charity awards thousands of counselling and therapy grants. We all have mental health and 1 in 4 people within the UK will struggle with a mental health disorder within their lifetime.

Parenthood is difficult. Although there are a million and one books out there every child is different and if your child starts to exhibit signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder you may not know where to turn. The Electrical Industries Charity launched their Employee and Family Support Programme to assist you in supporting you and your family. Carole, an electrical distributor employee, and her husband Martin contacted the Charity about their daughter Katie when Katie first started primary school.

The powerLottery is the biggest and best way you can support our industry colleagues in need today. With 40 cash prizes to be won every year and £10,000 up for grabs bi-yearly this is the biggest sector lottery ever! The powerLottery helps to fund essential services to those who need a hand-up. Those like Jenny who contacted the Electrical Industries Charity after discovering she was being considered for redundancy.

In April, The Electrical Industries Charity is looking at caring for elderly parents. It’s a fact of life that we will all have to care for our parents in some capacity at some point. We often feel it is our duty to care for them in their twilight years as they took such care for us in our formative years.

We can give a hand-up to everyone in our industry.

Will you help us reach those in need? Learn how you can get involved.