Ganymede specialise in recruiting the best technical and engineering talent and providing complete workforce solutions to help build and maintain infrastructure and transportation for a wide range of UK clients.
As part of the RTC Group, an AIM-listed recruitment group, Ganymede is a market leader in providing a diverse range of people solutions to the rail, energy, construction, highways and transportation sectors.
With offices strategically located across the country, we provide our clients with the benefit of a national network of skilled personnel combined with local expertise. We have over 1,500 skilled staff currently deployed across the country on a daily basis.
We tailor our solutions to suit our client needs. Whether it’s recruiting permanent and temporary technical, engineering and safety-critical roles or providing fully managed workforce solutions of recruitment, training, account management, contingent labour and fleet provision, we work closely with our clients to understand their requirements, keeping their goals in mind every step of the way.
Ganymede’s core values define what we stand for and how we do things, helping us to provide the best possible service to our clients and candidates while maintaining a healthy working environment for our employees.
We care about local communities and are committed to attracting and retaining diverse talent. We strive to support charities and good causes and take care of the environment by operating ethically and sustainably.
People Are Our Passion
People are at the heart of everything we do. Through our in-depth recruitment processes, we attract, develop and retain the best people, supporting our clients to deliver projects safely and efficiently.
Every action taken by the organisation is done with skill, care and pride in mind. This ensures that every level of the organisation is accountable and provides the best possible service.
By continually building upon our vast industry knowledge and working collaboratively with our clients, we always deliver first-class, innovative and tailored solutions with our client goals in mind.
Safety First, Safety Always
Safety is at the forefront of our business operations. Awareness and continuous improvement eliminates complacency and ensures we keep our workforce, industry colleagues and communities safe.
Our contingent labour services include the recruitment, training and workforce management of safety-critical personnel from our strategically located offices across the UK.
As well as compliant contract recruitment, we provide payroll solutions and a unique IR35 assessment service designed to protect our clients and contractors.
Ganymede's permanent recruitment processes help you find the best talent for your business and is backed up by our market-leading two year guarantee.
Our executive search service is completely tailored to the needs of your business. Added extras include advanced screening processes and psychometric testing.
We pride ourselves in not just supplying to, but also fully immersing ourselves in the transportation sector, and have done so for over 50 years. Ganymede work hard to identify transferable skills ...
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Supporting original equipment manufacturers, train and freight operators and national main contractors, Ganymede recruit across all stages of rail projects, including design and development, build...
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Ganymede has worked closely with clients on some of the most impressive commercial and residential construction projects throughout the UK, hiring for every stage of the process from design to buil...
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Our energy division is a leading provider of skilled engineers in safety-critical and customer-facing environments for energy suppliers, utilities and maintenance companies.From supplying individua...
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Ganymede play an important part in highways, ensuring our clients have the best engineers capable of delivering projects on time and to budget. We support highways projects from planning and design...
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Our turnkey solution to packages of works includes the full planning, management, engineering and delivery of a wide range of civil and P-Way works. We work collaboratively with our clients to pro...
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Exclusive Supplier of Skilled Smart Meter and Electrical Vehicle Engineers to OVO Energy
Ganymede has been working with OVO Energy since 2016, one of the UK’s fastest growing energy providers.In 2019, Ganymede was appointed as an exclusive supplier to OVO Energy to supply skilled smart meter and electric vehicle (EV) car charging engineers.The SolutionWith a large skills shortage of smart metering and EV charging engineers across the country, Ganymede’s internal systems and attraction capability has been instrumental in finding suitable candidates to fulfil OVO’s personnel requirements. We worked very closely with our client to fully understand their requirements, not only on the technical aspect but also on behavioural and characteristic traits and interpersonal skills our client was looking for. Growing the Ovo ethos was very fundamental to our client.Ganymede developed a targeted plan to attract suitable candidates that would help OVO Energy deliver their operational deliverables. Through our robust recruitment process coupled with a dedicated account manager and resource team to work solely on the requirements of OVO Energy, we were able to support throughout the whole recruitment and delivery.Key Facts:Ganymede has successfully supported the growth of OVO Energy by recruiting a large proportion of their technical field work forceGanymede has played an integral part working alongside OVO Energy’s internal recruitment team.Value Added:By building an open and honest rapport with OVO Energy to get a true understanding of their requirements and challenges, Ganymede delivered excellence by supplying a technically skilled workforce who were a good fit for OVO Energy in line with their company culture and values.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Gas Engineers Workforce Solution for British Gas
Ganymede has been working in collaboration with British Gas for over 15 years. British Gas is the UK’S largest energy provider and largest home care insurance cover provider in the private housing sector with over 20 million customers. With a focus on maintaining and installing domestic heating, British Gas is the largest employer of subcontract gas engineers in the UK. The SolutionOur first step was to ensure that we fully understood the requirements of our client by working closely with their internal recruitment team.With a vast knowledge of the British Gas recruitment process along with our industry knowledge and expertise in recruitment, we implemented a targeted recruitment and training plan designed to attract and retain a skilled workforce to support British Gas with their project delivery targets. Supported with a dedicated account manager, Ganymede continues to support British Gas with the supply and management of a skilled and reliable workforce of gas engineers across the UK. Key Facts:Ganymede is one of the top five suppliers of workforce solutions to British GasGanymede has played an integral part in helping British Gas achieve their delivery and operational goals by working closely their internal recruitment teamOver the past 15 years, we have supported British Gas with the recruitment and training of over 700 heating engineers Value Added:Ganymede has developed a strong brand within the energy market, which enabled us to attract the highest quality candidates for British Gas.Our robust recruitment process ensures we attract and recruit personnel that not only have the right technical ability but also the right behaviours required in line with the core values of both British Gas and Ganymede.Whilst promoting our core value of Safety First, Safety Always, we continue to recite a proactive approach to health and safety. Ganymede continues to work with British Gas, adding great value to the energy industry. Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Huddersfield Re-signalling Project
Ganymede was appointed by Babcock Rail to mobilise an experienced multi-disciplined civils team to help deliver the Huddersfield Re-signalling project. The project was initially put at risk due to a shortage of skilled civils personnel within the North West region. In order to complete the civils programme and to ensure that the deadline was met, at short notice Ganymede was appointed to mobilise additional experienced multi-disciplined civils teams. Client: Network Rail and BabcockDateOctober 2018Key Facts · Our client benefited from our dedicated workforce working to rigid deadlines so they could meet their delivery milestones. · The quality of resource provided was fundamental in the client being able to produce a high standard of installation work, this was crucial to maintaining handover deadlines. · Zero RIDDOR and lost time injuries were a key reflection of adding value to the client, this was demonstrated and enforced with our proactive and very professionally administered safety culture of Safety First, Safety Always. · Ganymede assisted by installing 40km of new routes for the project. Our SolutionBy supporting the project with 80 additional experienced competent site resources, Ganymede ensured the Huddersfield re-signalling project was delivered safely, effectively and within the expected timeframe. We proudly delivered a workforce solution that superseded the expectations of our client by working collaboratively with them at all stages of the project.Value AddedIn addition to our fully managed service and of the provision of competent and safety critical staff, Ganymede also added value to the client in the planning of the project. This project was very restricted with regards to both access and topography and our teams supported with both precision planning and execution.“Regarding works undertaken by the Ganymede gangs on my project H2B, I confirm that the ones I visited completed the works in a good manor and good standard and they were happy to engage in conversation to try to improve things.”Construction Manager, Siemens Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Safety Critical and OLE Skilled Staff - East West Rail - Bletchley Viaduct
The Bletchley Viaduct project is part of the new East West Rail line, providing new journey opportunities between central, southern and western England. Ganymede worked collaboratively alongside Volker Rail Specialist Business to modify the layout of the overhead line system, allowing the dismantling of the viaduct to be completed safely and efficiently. ClientVolker Rail Specialist BusinessDateFebruary 2019 – May 2019Key Facts· Ganymede provided crane controllers and OLEC 3 linesmen/women to the Bletchley Viaduct project, part of the wider East West Rail Project· Ganymede supplied all site resource requirements to modify the layout of the overhead line system, allowing the dismantling of the viaduct to be successfully completed safely and efficiently.· With the Bletchley area having shortage of unskilled personnel, Ganymede was able to support the successful delivery of the project by using our nationwide skilled workforce.Our SolutionThroughout the project, Ganymede supplied and managed all site resource requirements to modify the layout of the overhead line system and deliver the preliminary phase of the East West Rail Bletchley Viaduct project. Our continuous focus on Safety First, Safety Always, enabled us to deliver the project safely with zero accidents or incidents. Ganymede was able to advise and supply the client’s project team with competent and safety-focused personnel, ensuring we mitigated any risks and delivered the project on time and on budget.Value AddedWith the Bletchley area having a shortage of unskilled personnel, Ganymede supplied an efficient number of crane controllers and OLEC 3 linesmen/women from our nationwide workforce. A well-managed and cooperative workforce from London and Doncaster were assigned and relocated for the duration of the project. Ganymede dedicated an account manager who was responsible for ensuring all resource requirements were efficiently managed throughout the project. Due to Ganymede’s robust processes and logistical capabilities and commitment to keeping our workforce safe, we ensured that we managed and controlled fatigue levels throughout all stages of the project.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
SSE Case Study
Ganymede was chosen as the exclusive supplier to supply and manage a minimum of 250 smart meter engineers for SSE’s UK wide installation role out. SSE’s key business drivers were: to reduce risk, to reduce cost and secure supply of skilled smart meter engineers.In our partnership with SSE, Ganymede is responsible for all recruitment, training and workforce management of our engineers. Ganymede’s safety first, safety always approach is focused on providing excellence in safety and satisfaction to the end customer. To achieve this Ganymede deployed our own operations team qualified and experienced in the smart metering industry.Ganymede mobilised a dedicated team with fully qualified and technically experienced industry experts and support staff including; Operations Manager, Field Team Leaders, Account Manager, Resource team and Contract Administrator. This team is then provided back office support and monitored by our Health and Safety, Compliance, HR and IT teams.Ganymede currently have over 50 engineers working and managed across the UK with our Operations Team to provide on site support and performance management of our teams. As part of our role in our partnership with SSE, Ganymede has been able to support in improving safety and standards across the workforce and to help provide efficiency and cost savings. Ganymede have maintained an excellent safety record on this contract and our defective installation rate is significantly within the parameters of the service level agreement.Get in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
Oxford Corridor Project Case Study
Ganymede was appointed by Network Rail as the primary labour supplier for the Oxford Corridor Project to help deliver a package of schemes and improve the Great Western Route.The Great Western route is being modernised to bring passengers faster, more frequent, more reliable services. As both passenger and freight traffic through Oxford continues to grow, Network Rail is delivering a package of schemes including re-signalling, track remodelling and upgrades to increase capacity, connections and route availability for passengers and freight operators.The previous principal contractor for the Oxford Corridor project went into liquidation in 2018, consequently jeopardising planned operations at the time. Without an effective solution, the potential impact would have been operational delays, increased project costs, mass workforce redundancies and failure to meet key strategic project milestones.The Solution:With the involuntary change in the contract landscape, Network Rail became the principal contractor and formed the Western Enhancement Delivery (WED) division and Ganymede was appointed by WED as the primary labour supplier for the project.To enable a smooth integration within the 21-day time frame, Ganymede needed to win the hearts and minds of the incumbent workforce who were in turmoil with the uncertainty surrounding their positions. Equally, it required the creation of a new account management / resource team who could implement robust resource plans to meet the intended skilled labour uplifts for the duration of the project but, namely to meet the non-standard blockade programmed in four weeks after the resource contract was taken over by Ganymede.Key Facts:Ganymede integrated an incumbent workforce of over 60 individuals, completed relevant compliance checks, developed a training programme and provided a fleet of vehicles including telematics and driver induction/training, all within the project’s tight timescale of 21-days.Ganymede helped to deliver four successful commissionings over three blockades for a new track layout and signalling system. The project included a mixture of track and civil works including track renewals, station refurbishment, piling and end wall construction, demolition, track formation and acoustic barrier installation. At peak we were regularly deploying and managing over 150 personnel at the project in Oxford.All works were delivered without any lost time accidents or incidents. Including the delivery of a major 21-day blockade that required a 150% uplift of resources.Following on from the Oxford Corridor Project, Ganymede continues to support Network Rail (WED) with resources on other projects.Value Added:An integrated Oxford delivery structure was created by key figures from Ganymede and Network Rail senior management team. The newly created dedicated account management team held a series of consultation events at the project depot. This helped allay any fears the project team had and introduced all the operatives to Ganymede. These events were pivotal in outlining the opportunities on the project, our plans as a business moving forward and the expectations from passengers.The programme involved a 21-day implementation time-frame for Ganymede to compliantly ensure the smooth integration of the incumbent workforce. Over 60 individuals were consulted and contracted to Ganymede resulting in no losses of any jobs. The Ganymede fleet department successfully sourced a large fleet of vehicles on to the project through our supply chain, ensuring business as usual from day one of the newly formed collaboration.As part of the staff transition / integration process and in preparation to the forthcoming planned blockade, we held a series of Safety Moment events. This enabled us to embed our safety culture, identify any skills gaps and develop a dedicated training programme.Fundamental to the blockade’s success, was the fact we ensured every shift had internal resource management or our safety team on site. Part of the process also included site update reports every 12 hours to the WED project team. The report outlined real time progress with information on planned work against programme, resource updates, safety close call reporting and resolution, safety status and potential contingency requirements.The ResultThrough a positive safety culture and a passionate resourceful attitude, the Oxford Corridor project was a major success. More importantly, all works were delivered without any lost time accidents or incidents, there were no overruns throughout the life of the project and all the works were delivered on time and within budget.Following on from the success of the Oxford Corridor Project, Ganymede continue to support the WED project team with resources for their ongoing projects.“As you know we completed what we can only be described as a significant piece of work in the Oxford area. We delivered a major milestone in the project successfully and with very few real issues. The professionalism on the WED team has been excellence and the attitudes great. I’m really proud of what we have all achieved as a team and am really grateful to you all. On the Whole I’ve been really impressed with the Ganymede team in taking on the mantel since Carillion’s demise and supporting Network Rail with the continued delivery of the Oxford project. I’ve found everybody in Ganymede has wanted to help an support that delivery and resolve any issues quickly. You should all be really proud of this team, well done and thank you.” Senior Programme Manager, Western Enhancements Delivery – Network RailGet in TouchUse the form below to contact us today about how we can add value to your business.
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A.D.V.I.C.E - Topic 6 - Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse, or domestic violence, is defined across Government as any incident of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of their gender or sexuality. The Government’s definition of abuse is published in the Domestic Abuse Bill 2020.What are the types of abuse?‘Domestic abuse’ covers a range of types of abuse, including, but not limited to: psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse. ‘Domestic abuse’ can be prosecuted under a range of offences and the term is used to describe a range of controlling and coercive behaviours, used by one person to maintain control over another. It is usually perpetrated by the person’s partner but can also be committed by a family member or carer. It can happen at any time during a relationship, even after a couple is split.Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident and is the cumulative and interlinked types of abuse that have a particularly damaging effect on the victim. The ‘domestic’ nature of the offending behaviour is an aggravating factor because of the abuse of trust involved. Anyone forced to change their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner or ex-partner’s reaction is experiencing abuse.Who faces abuse?Men, women and children can all be victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse occurs amongst people of all ethnicities, sexualities, ages, disabilities, immigration status, religions or beliefs and socio-economic backgrounds. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) recognises domestic abuse differs in severity between incidents, and more often than not, will increase in frequency and seriousness, having a cumulative impact on the victim/complainant. The definition includes so-called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.Spotting the signs?If you believe that you or someone else could be a victim of domestic abuse, there are signs that you can look out for including:Is the partner jealous and possessive?Is the partner charming one minute and abusive the next?Do they tell the individual what to wear, where to go, who to see?Do they play mind games and make the person doubt their judgment?Do they control the money?Do they apply pressure the person to have sex when they don’t want to?Do they use anger and intimidation to frighten and control the person?Do they monitor technology use such as social media platforms?Does the individual appear withdrawn?Do they have bruises?Are their movements or activities restricted, i.e. not being allowed to leave the house, meet with friends?For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you, including police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services. You or they are not alone. If you’re worried a friend is being abused, let them know you’ve noticed something is wrong. They might not be ready to talk, but try to find quiet times when they can talk if they choose to.Helplineswww.cps.gov.uk/domestic-abusewww.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/ Women’s Aid also host a directory of local domestic abuse services: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/domestic-abuse-directory/ www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/articles/domesticabuseprevalenceandtrendsenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2019www.hse.gov.uk/search/search-results.htm?gsc.q=domestic%20absue#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=domestic%20abusewww.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help?gclid=CLrlnej02-oCFczOGwodvmEMkg&gclsrc=dswww.nationaldahelpline.org.ukhttp://www.fgmnationalgroup.org/within_the_uk.htmRape Crisis National Helpline (12-12.30pm and 7-9.30pm each day) – 08088 029 999 https://rapecrisis.org.uk/ (England and Wales)Rape Crisis Scotland - (6pm to midnight) – 08088 010302 https://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/Men’s Advice Line – 0808801 0327https://mensadviceline.org.uk/About A.D.V.I.C.EA Dedicated Voice for Inclusive Collaboration by Everyone (A.D.V.I.C.E) is an official health and wellbeing scheme, comprised of contractors, principal contractors and clients within the rail and construction industries. Companies include: Barhale, Bovis Homes, Ciras, Colas Rail, Ganymede, McGinley Support Services, Midland Metro Alliance, Network Rail, RSS Infrastructure, Transport for Wales, Van-Elle Limited and Vital Human Resources.Ganymede is proud to part of this initiative and bring positive change to health, safety and wellbeing throughout the industries by providing guidance and advice to all those that work in the rail and construction industries.
Safety First Newsletter - Summer 2020
The Summer edition of Safety First, Ganymede’s quarterly safety newsletter is now available to read.In this edition we focus on:Coronavirus updates and our code of conduct Spotlight on safety SpeakUpSummer driving tipsAnd more...We hope you find the newsletter useful and we welcome any feedback you might have.Read the Summer Safety First Newsletter
Keep Hiring with Ganymede Connect
In the current climate many businesses are facing challenges, however, some are needing to carry on as normal or even looking at growth. Face-to-face interviews are no longer taking place (or at least not without with considerable challenge), and more and more people are turning to video technology to maintain momentum with their hiring plans.Don’t let the current situation hold you back from achieving your goals. Positions still need to be filled, and you can still secure great candidates and get them up and running remotely. The companies that will be least affected by the unforeseen challenges Covid-19 has thrown at us will be the ones that manage to maintain operations as close to business as usual as possible. Don’t let social distancing stop you from securing your dream hire. Ganymede Connect, our new instant video interviewing software is the answer to business continuity and here’s why…FlexibilityFirst off, there’s no travel involved, and this means you’ll have access to candidates from further afield as they can interview from wherever, whenever giving you a much wider pool of talent to choose from. There’s also no time off required which is perfect for candidates who are considering their options but who might struggle to get time off from their current roles. With self-isolation and social distancing on everyone’s mind, the flexibility video offers is essential for combatting the impact of Covid-19.TimeAdding video interviewing to your hiring process increases the interview to hire ratio by 70%. No longer are candidates judged solely by words on a CV (the usual ‘first sift’ process). Instead, they can talk through their skillset in detail using our solo interview screening functionality.We’ll conduct your first stage interviews for you. Then we’ll send these back to you in a candidate shortlist for review. So, you’ve immediately skipped a whole stage in the process. Plus you’ve avoided needless diary coordination and saved time sitting through interviews (even virtual ones) with people you know aren’t the right fit.TalentThe fact is people are still hiring. Agile businesses are determined to keep going and are not taking this lying down. We know not every business is in a position to hire, but for those that are, they will need to adapt their processes to capture the best talent. Introducing video to your hiring process instead of putting a stop to it until it’s all blown over ensures you’re not missing out.Get In touchFind out how Ganymede Connect can save time and get the best talent to keep your business moving forward by completing the contact form below.
All multi-seat vehicles to be fitted with protective screens
Ganymede have been working with Phormular on the design and manufacture of protective screens to be fitted in all multi-seat vehicles. The screens are made from 16mm thick hexagon card and coated with an easy-clean plastic coating. While still offering the durability and ease of cleaning they have tested to be stronger than an acrylic sheet and from an environmental point of view, they are 99.9% recyclable at the end of their useful life. Benefits Along with the obvious benefit of preventing the transmission of Covid-19, with the screens being printable, they also provide an excellent way of reminding all staff of the social distancing and hygiene requirements. In the unlikely event that the vehicle breaks down, it is also incredibly simple for the driver to remove and re-fit the screens into any replacement vehicle provided, meaning the team can be back up and running with minimal impact to their working day.The screens are an additional measure to enhance our robust procedure of protecting our workforce and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus while travelling in our vehicles to and from site. The screens not only ensure social distancing but give the added benefit to individuals peace of mind ensuring they feel safe and are COVID-19 secure - Gary Lobue, Head of HSEQ. Get in Touch For more information about our new protective screens fill out the contact form below.
Ganymede Sign Up to Prompt Payment Code (PPC)
We are delighted to announce that Ganymede have signed up to the Prompt Payment Code (PPC).The PPC is a voluntary code of practice for businesses, administered by the Office of the Small Business Commissioner (SBC) on behalf of BEIS. It was established in December 2008 and sets standards for payment practices between organisations of any size and their suppliers.As a signatory Ganymede have undertaken to:1) Pay suppliers on timewithin the terms agreed at the outset of the contractwithout attempting to change payment terms retrospectivelywithout changing practice on length of payment for smaller companies on unreasonable grounds2) Give clear guidance to suppliersproviding suppliers with clear and easily accessible guidance on payment proceduresensuring there is a system for dealing with complaints and disputes which is communicated to suppliersadvising them promptly if there is any reason why an invoice will not be paid to the agreed terms3) Encourage good practiceby requesting that lead suppliers encourage adoption of the code throughout their own supply chainsGet In TouchFor more information about how we can support your business, please get in touch today by filling out the contact form below.
A.D.V.I.C.E - Topic 5 - Isolation & Loneliness (COVID -19 and beyond)
Feelings of loneliness or isolation can affect anyone at any time and at any stage of our lives. It is difficult at any age and none of us are immune. In January 2018, in response to the Jo Cox Commission report on loneliness, the government set out its first steps to tackle loneliness.Since then loneliness has become a focus of conversation and a survey conducted by the charity Campaign to End Loneliness found that a fifth of the UK population, over nine million people, say they are always or often lonely. Two thirds of the population said they wouldn’t feel comfortable admitting it if they were, which is over 40 million people in the UK. Like mental health, it is a taboo subject for many who fear opening up about their feelings.There are many people trying to cope with isolation or loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic but loneliness is not always the same as being alone. Even people that have lots of social contact, are in a relationship or part of a family may still feel lonely especially if they don’t feel understood or cared for by the people around them. Likewise you can be alone and feel peaceful and content.Feelings of Isolation and loneliness can happen because of many factors, however in this current period where COVID-19 is causing social isolation, it frequently arises because of the forced separation from those we love, bereavement or due to the lack of social connections with other people.How loneliness can affect your healthAccording to the Mental Health Foundation, long-term loneliness is associated with an increased risk of certain mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and increased stress. In addition it is also linked to physical health issues such as cardiovascular impairment, chronic pain, and fatigue with a study showing that loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%. You can find more helpful information on mental health at https://safety.networkrail.co.uk/healthandwellbeing/a-d-v-i-c-e/Loneliness and genderThe Office of National Statistics (ONS) carried out an analysis of characteristics and circumstances associated with loneliness in England using the Community Life Survey 2016 to 2017 and found that women reported feeling lonely more frequently than men. They concluded that it was possible this could be reflected in differences in how men and women reflect on their personal experiences of loneliness and some research suggests that men may be more reluctant than women to report undesirable feelings such as loneliness.Tips on how to combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.Stay ConnectedStay in touch via video calls, Whatsapp, Zoom or just regular phone calls.Keep to your routines where possible.Try out one of the online quizzes hosted on Facebook or YoutubeDon’t keep it to yourselfTalk to someone you trust about your feelings of lonelinessA recent study by the University of Oxford found that men bond better through face-to-face contact whereas women find it easier through phone conversations. With social distancing easing to allow contact outside of your household those face to face connections can be reignited.Consider using talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which may help and is often available through company Employee Assistance Programmes or your local NHSAvoid negative thoughts and comparing yourself to othersAccept the situation we/you are inControl the controllable. Learn to understand what you can change and what you cantTry to switch off from social media stories where people are sharing their ‘perfect’ lives. Remind yourself that you do not know what their lives are like away from the screen.Giving to othersConsider ways to volunteer - being furloughed will not stop you from being able to volunteer and if you are at work with evenings free you may still be able to fit some time in.Maybe you could offer to volunteer for the NHS as a ‘check in and chat’ volunteer or support your local school by helping to deliver school mealsTry to remain physically activePhysical exercise helps release endorphins in the brain, with unlimited exercise time being agreed last week, aim to get some physical activity into your every dayThere are many online resources available to help you exercise safely at home or digs, whatever your fitness level. https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/If you prefer to manage aloneThe charity Mind suggests planning your week ahead and aiming to do something you enjoyLook at things you could do which you wouldn’t normally have time for. The time you are saving by not commuting to work could be spent spring cleaning, meditating, preparing and cooking new recipes. If you are in digs and unable to socialise as normal after work you could still look at all of the suggestions above to keep yourself connected in other ways.SupportWhether you are concerned about a young person, elderly relative or just want to find different social circle, these sources of information may help.www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/feeling-lonely - Provides a mood assessment and advice on what you can do if you are feeling lonely.www.letstalkloneliness.co.uk - Provides practical advice, organisations and support helplines(0800 1111) www.childline.org.uk - Childline is a counselling service for children and young people(0800 4 70 80 90) www.thesilverline.org.uk - The Silverline is a free helpline for older people across the UK offering information, friendship and advice, link callers to local groups and services, offer regular befriending calls and protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglectmeetup.com - Find or organise a local group. More than 9,000 groups in local communities, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities and make friends.nextdoor.com - Nextdoor is the free private social network for you and your neighbours to talk onlinedo-it.org - Volunteer in your local community and give your time to help others.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/coping-with-loneliness – support for mental health concernsAbout A.D.V.I.C.EA Dedicated Voice for Inclusive Collaboration by Everyone (A.D.V.I.C.E) is an official health and wellbeing scheme, comprised of contractors, principal contractors and clients within the rail and construction industries. Companies include: Barhale, Bovis Homes, Ciras, Colas Rail, Ganymede, McGinley Support Services, Midland Metro Alliance, Network Rail, RSS Infrastructure, Transport for Wales, Van-Elle Limited and Vital Human Resources.Ganymede is proud to part of this initiative and bring positive change to health, safety and wellbeing throughout the industries by providing guidance and advice to all those that work in the rail and construction industries.