Ben support through COVID-19 crisis

Published:  30 April, 2020

Ben says it has seen a marked increase in the number of people turning to the charity seeking support for their mental health and money concerns as COVID-19 has unfolded, and the organisation says it is supporting people through the crisis in a number of ways.

Ben recently created a Coronavirus hub within its website, with specially developed online tips, advice and tools now available,

More broadly, the organisation provides mental health assessments, life coaching and telephone-based counselling, as well as other talking therapies. Meanwhile, on a case by case basis, it is supporting individuals in financial need, administering welfare grants for food, utility bills, household goods, essential travel costs, childcare and council tax.

Rachel Clift, Health and Wellbeing Director at Ben, said: “Our industry has been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic and automotive people are currently facing challenging and uncertain times. We want everyone in our industry to know that we’re here for them and we can provide the support they need. We’re incredibly proud to be delivering on our purpose of providing ‘support for life’ for those who work, or have worked, in our industry.

“Our support for those facing money problems really is vital right now, especially for those who are unable to benefit from the Government’s furlough scheme and are left in financial limbo. Of course, the impact of the current situation is likely to continue to have an effect on people’s mental health and wellbeing.”

Rachel added: “Our online and digital support is also crucial because we can help even more people who reach out to us due to Covid-19. These are really tough times for many in our industry, but we’re here, providing the relevant support that automotive people need right now. After all, this is what Ben’s here for.”

For more information about how Ben can help and to access online support, visit www.ben.org.uk/coronavirus

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