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Ben launches new services to tackle depression

Ben launches new services to tackle depression

Charity, News
Ben has launched new online support on its website to help automotive industry people who are struggling with depression - an issue that affects 350 million people across the world[1]. In the UK, depression affects about one in 10 people at some point in their life[2]. Around 1 in 3 people contact Ben’s helpline about their mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Initial findings from Ben’s own automotive industry survey* state that 22% of those who reported suffering with depression said it had the biggest impact on their health and wellbeing overall. Depression was also Ben’s second most visited topic online, after anxiety, with almost 16,000 visits last year. Milder forms of depression can make everyday activities – such as sleeping or working – harder and the
Convictions should highlight dangers of part worn tyres

Convictions should highlight dangers of part worn tyres

Charity, News, Tyres
Recent convictions of retailers across the country have once again highlighted the potential risks unsuspecting motorists take when buying part worn tyres, states TyreSafe. Cases in Scotland and London revealed how dangerous and illegal tyres were being sold to the public following investigations by Trading Standards and the safety charity. In each instance, the retailers faced stiff penalties and fines totalling thousands of pounds. In December 2018, the owner of Springside Tyre and Valet Centre in Irvine, Scotland was handed a 120-hour Community Payback Order for breaches in product safety and consumer protection regulations following prosecution by Trading Standards officers from North Ayshire. At the hearing, it was revealed tyres had been offered for sale with an 80mm nail ...
Ben launches new campaign to support those struggling with loneliness

Ben launches new campaign to support those struggling with loneliness

Charity, News
This ‘Blue Monday’ which is said to be the most depressing day of the year, Ben has launched its new campaign to support people who are struggling with loneliness. Research shows that a quarter of British people feel at their loneliest in January, however loneliness is often or always a concern for over 9 million people in the UK[1] all year-round. Ben’s own helpline sees an influx in people reaching out for help due to loneliness during January and the winter months. The charity is also highlighting that no-one who works, or has worked in the automotive industry, is alone – Ben is always here for them and their family dependents. In light of this, Ben has launched new resources on its website to support people during the loneliest time of the year.Ra
Budget 2018 – the aftermarket reacts

Budget 2018 – the aftermarket reacts

Charity, IGA, News
The UK budget, delivered on Monday, brought some good news for small businesses, with new business relief rates. The Chancellor confirmed that the new plans aimed at small retailers, could know a third off bills, with 90% of businesses benefitting from proposals. To qualify as a small retailer, business premises must have a rateable value of £51,000 or less. “We are delighted the Chancellor is considering small businesses who are the lifeblood of the UK economy,” Stuart James, IGA Director comments. “This will help garage owners by allowing them to reallocate their budget in a difficult market environment, at a time when the aftermarket is evolving and an increase in investment in tools and equipment is absolutely essential.” With savings of around £8,000 each year possible unt
Hats on for Ben reveals 2018 date and details

Hats on for Ben reveals 2018 date and details

Charity, News
Ben, an independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing support for life for its people and their family dependents, reveals the details of this year’s automotive industry mental health fundraiser! The campaign looks a little different this year after a design refresh which more clearly shows that Ben is here for the automotive industry, providing support for life to its people. The new name - Hats on 4 Ben - more clearly reflects that the campaign is run by Ben, for Ben, and now takes place on World Mental Health Day. The aim is still exactly the same - to raise money for Ben and help transform mental health support across the automotive industry. Ben is calling on everyone in the industry to sign their companies up and get their colleagues involv
Ben publishes annual Impact Report 2017-18

Ben publishes annual Impact Report 2017-18

Charity, News
Ben, the independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing support for life for its people and their family dependents, has published its Impact Report 2017-18. This annual report reveals that increasingly more people of working age (87%) are contacting Ben for support with big issues such as low income, anxiety and depression. 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 Ben’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 wit
Ben shows support during Mental Health Awareness week

Ben shows support during Mental Health Awareness week

Charity, News
This Mental Health Awareness Week, Ben is showing support for automotive industry colleagues who are struggling with mental health issues, by launching new content and tools to help them. Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their family dependents, is revealing some key insights from its work supporting people in the sector. Mental health issues were the second biggest concern for automotive industry people during 2017, accounting for 31% of all contacts to Ben’s helpline. Additionally, the most popular pieces of online blog content on Ben’s website are around anxiety, with over 10,000 views, and depression, with over 5,000 views (April 2017 to April 2018). Anxiety and depression are also
Ben reveals biggest money worries for automotive workers

Ben reveals biggest money worries for automotive workers

Charity, News
Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their family dependents, reveals the main financial worries for people who work, or have previously worked, in the automotive industry. In 2017, 42% of people Ben supported had money problems, with ‘low income’ accounting for 52% of this. Other key financial concerns were around debt and money management. Mental health issues were the second biggest concern for people last year, accounting for 31%. In addition, 17% of individuals who contacted Ben were worried about their physical health and 10% had social health concerns such as relationship breakdowns, isolation and loneliness. NEW financial tools available now! In response, Ben has launched two new online
Ben – the Four Pillars Challenge

Ben – the Four Pillars Challenge

Charity, Features
Ben, the industry support organisation, offers its services across what it calls the four pillars: Financial, Social, Physical and Mental. For one of their employees, these areas became not just areas of support, but an opportunity for a fundraising endurance challenge. Dave Garrett recently completed a challenge of 4,000 miles during 2017, 1,000 miles for each of the four pillars. “In November 2016, a set of ‘PRIDE’ [Passionate, Respectful, Inclusive, Driven, Empowered] values were launched for all colleagues working at Ben to underpin its mission of making a positive difference to people’s lives,” says Dave. “I was quite new to the organisation at the time and wanted to do my bit to help launch the PRIDE values, so I decided that a personal challenge would best reflect these whils
BEN: Watch Mark’s story

BEN: Watch Mark’s story

Charity, Video
Ben is the automotive industry charity, looking after the welfare of all those employed in the sector, and their families. This is Mark’s inspirational story about his recovery from a sudden life-threatening illness. Watch how we supported him after he suffered life-changing injuries as a result of this very serious illness. Find out more about what Ben can do to help you, your family or any of your employees at ben.org.uk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0DVs5a97CE