James’ Place exists to save the lives of men in suicidal crisis and was established in 2008, after the founders’ son sadly took his own life.
At James’ Place they believe death by suicide is preventable, yet 6,507 people died by suicide in the UK in 2018 alone. Three-quarters of these people were men, and suicide is still the single leading cause of death in men under 50.
The charity has created a safe environment where men can access support and advice in the form of intensive, therapeutic interventions with trained professionals, with the aim of preventing avoidable deaths. The first James’ Place opened in June 2018 in Liverpool, with a second centre opening in London in 2022 and they are in the process of opening centres in Newcastle, Birmingham and Bristol. They currently support around 850 clients a year and are looking to expand this figure to 2,000.
Earlier this year the James’ Place premises in Liverpool began to experience issues with a leaking roof. After some torrential downpours, this matter became increasingly urgent with water penetrating various roof sections and running down walls.
After reaching out to LandAid’s Pro Bono team they requested initial support to help fix the issue. They asked for support with:
- Undertaking surveying related advisory services in respect of the building defects.
- Liaising with key stakeholders.
- Reviewing submitted information.
- Advising on suitable remedies and wider recommendations.
Through the LandAid Pro Bono Programme they were connected with Domec Professional Services to support with the building repair work to their roof.
Matt Fedigan, Founding Director at Domec Professional Services said: “We were delighted to be able to support LandAid’s partner charities in our local community and the services we were able to offer really made a difference.”
This kind support has enabled the charity to make substantial savings whilst having the roof repaired and also allowed them to continue to provide their crucial services at the Liverpool hub.