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As Scotland’s hospitality and #licensed #trade charity, The Ben is increasingly concerned about the impact of #Coronavirus on the people of our industry both in terms of health but also potential financial hardship.

In addition, if you are facing any issues which may impact on your mental health and wellbeing please remember The Ben offers a free #mental #health helpline which can be reached on 0800 915 4610. If, as is expected, Scotland will experience a period of social distancing and cancellation of public events or gatherings this will have a significant impact on our hospitality businesses. The Ben is here for the people who work in those businesses, we are here for the hard times, and we hope to do what we can to help those facing extreme difficulty


The Ben is here as a safety net for anyone who works in our trade and is facing extreme financial hardship as a result of the virus, and we may be in a position to offer one-off financial assistance on a case by case basis.

Support the Ben

Before you apply for support from The Ben, please consider the following first:

  1. Register with the Job Centre+
  2. Talk with your mortgage provider / landlord about a payment freeze
  3. Talk with your utility provider about a pay freeze

To find out what support you may be eligible for, please contact The Ben by completing a short online form via the website and one of the team will be touch to discuss your circumstances.

Alternatively, you can contact Chris Gardner directly by email.

If you would like to support us at our events, or support us through fundraising activities, please get in touch.

Has this information been helpful?


    I experienced tough times a number of years ago when I was taking drugs to get me through the day. I am now drug free and would not be here if it was not for a very supportive family. It is so important to talk to others about your issues.


    Barman / Food server

    I was heavily involved in gambling several years ago. I was at rock bottom and without the support of a few close friends who listened and supported me, things would be so much worse. I now do not gamble at all.


    Front Office manager

    I was too macho to speak to anyone, or admit that I had mental health problems. Alcohol and drugs too normal, too accepted in this industry. If there was a charity out there, my family life would not have suffered. The stigma, especially for men not speaking up, must be broken. It is the responsibility of the employers too, to support their staff within this industry.



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