August 14, 2018

More are turning to Ben for help

Ben – the automotive industry’s support service charity – says that more people of working age (87%) are contacting the charity for support with issues including low income, anxiety and depression. Ben has published the findings in its Impact Report 2017-18.

Other reasons why people contacted Ben for help were varied, from bereavement to redundancy and debt to loneliness. However, financial and mental health challenges remain the most common reasons people contact the charity’s helpline or visit the support pages of its website.

During the year, Ben helped people in need access over £865,000 worth of benefits that they were entitled to. Ben also organised counselling sessions for 151 people with issues including depression and anxiety. As part of its support offering, Ben also helped to organise emergency food and shelter payments, as well as supporting people through loneliness and relationship breakdowns.

The report also outlines that, thanks to the continued support from both companies and individuals in the industry, Ben’s fundraising income totalled £4.23m. Corporate events played a big part in income generation.

To help more individuals, raising awareness within the industry and reaching these people through companies is vital, says Ben.

Zara Ross, Ben’s chief executive, said: “We are very grateful to all of our supporters who have helped raise awareness and funds to enable us to continue supporting the automotive industry and its people. You play a crucial role in enabling us to provide life-changing support to many people each year and you make it possible for us to deliver a positive impact to the industry.”