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Support for Chartered Surveyors through LionHeart charity

 

The Society works closely with LionHeart, which is the charity for Chartered Surveyors, past and present, and their families. Globally, they provide a wide range of services to assist you in whatever difficult situation you find yourself - including financial support, health and wellbeing packages, free professional counselling, work-related support and legal advice, and help if you or one of your loved ones become seriously ill.

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland - the largest professional body for the construction, land and property sectors in Ireland - believes raising more awareness of the charity’s services among members is essential.

Although based in the UK, LionHeart is able to offer support to SCSI and RICS professionals all over the world, including financial grants in circumstances such as ill-health, bereavement or disability, and support for people who are out of work or facing redundancy to help them get back to work.

We invite you to watch the webinar from 8 April 2020 with Juliet Smithson of LionHeart. Juliet outlines the services and gives some helpful tips during the coronavirus crisis on home working. 

Back to Work Support

One of the less known services of LionHeart is their Back to Work support provided by specialist employment partners. They can provide:

  • Personalised career coaching sessions with a specialist, which might include developing your CV, practising interview techniques, effective job search methods, creating a digital profile and using social media, or help with evaluating career options
  • A full three-month programme of support aimed at getting you back in the workplace
  • Unlimited access to online resources, including CV building, online workshops, preparing for interviews and networking tips
  • Tailored modular support if you just need help with one or two areas, such as CV writing or interview techniques

Grants

LionHeart grants are available for those in Ireland if you meet certain criteria. During the coronavirus crisis, the grant criteria have been made more flexible and are being given on a 3 month period. If you have less money coming in than going out each month, and have been coping with difficult financial circumstances brought about by things like ill health, redundancy, relationship breakdown or bereavement, why not contact LionHeart to see how they can help? 

Legal helpline

Access to a free legal helpline is now offered through LionHeart's partners Law Express in Ireland, where a legal adviser will explain your rights and help you work out your next steps.

Health and wellbeing

Often, if you're stressed or struggling to cope, just having someone to speak to can really help. At LionHeart, they believe that no-one should face a problem alone, and their team of experienced support officers can offer the confidential, practical support needed to help people overcome some of those unexpected challenges in life.

Counselling

A recently added support following engagement with the Society in Ireland is LionHeart's fast access to our counselling service. The service is offered by their highly-trained and qualified staff counsellors, who are all registered with the BACP and offer counselling via telephone or a secure online platform (during the coronavirus crisis they have been trialling a message service for those that find it difficult to find the space to talk while home-bound). Their counselling service is one of their fastest-growing areas of support, now requested by 1 in 5 of the people that get support. It is also available to spouses/partners.

 

Contact

If you'd like a local referral to the LionHeart service, contact lionheart@scsi.ie. All queries are confidential and nothing is kept on file. You can request to talk to an SCSI member which is a local representative as well as the LionHeart professional staff.  

Alternatively, you can contact their helpline directly at +44 121 289 3300 or email info@lionheart.org.uk. The LionHeart helpline is staffed by trained counsellors able to help you identify the best service available.