Support for life for automotive industry people
Ben is the charity dedicated to supporting the people of the automotive industry, providing support for life for them and their family dependents.
Ben supports individuals to navigate through life’s challenges, empowering them to make positive, lasting change. Ben works with people to improve their lives by enhancing their health and wellbeing through its free and confidential online self-help, helpline and support services.
Ben provides life-changing support to those facing crisis as well as helping them prevent crisis. Ben’s support empowers people to be more in control of managing their health and wellbeing to help them live well, think well, feel well and work well. Ben’s support is tailored and relevant to the needs of the individual, based on a wide range of support options and addressing every aspect of a person’s life.
Ben also operates flexible, continuing care and support for those in later life, which is not dependent on an automotive industry connection. This includes excellent nursing, residential, dementia and respite care via its care centres in Ascot, Rugby and Norham (Berwick-upon-Tweed) and day centre in Coventry and ‘independent living made easy for the over 65s’ at its retirement village in Sunninghill, near Ascot, Berkshire.
To be an integral part of the automotive industry, providing help & support to employees and dependants and, in doing so, add value to individuals, businesses and the sector in general.
Who we help
Here for the people of the automotive industry
Whether you work on the shop floor or the top floor, in a factory, garage, office, showroom or on the road, if you’re one of the 800,000 people working in automotive in the UK, then we’re here for you and your family.
Am I eligible?
If you work for, or have worked for, the automotive industry, or you are a family dependent of somebody who does, then you are eligible for Ben’s support.
If you are unsure you can always call our free and confidential helpline to verify – 08081 311 333.
Ben was founded in 1905 by A J Wilson while he was working for Dunlop tyres, and was originally called the Cycle Trades Benevolent Fund. At the time there were only a few hundred cars on the road and the automotive industry had yet to be born but by 1908, recognising the unstoppable rise of the car, ‘Motor’ was added to the fund’s name and in 1924 it became The Motor and Cycle Trades Benevolent Fund. The fund’s original aims were to provide help to people who fell on hard times (there was no welfare system until after WWII) by handing out grants via a network of local offices. Over the years various other benevolent funds were amalgamated into Ben, including coachbuilders and agricultural engineering, and now we support people from right across automotive and its allied trades.
In 1947 Ben bought the Lynwood site for £16,000 and opened a care home there in 1948. The fund moved from its London W1 HQ to Lynwood in 1972 and we’ve been there ever since. We now run three residential care centres and a day centre and our support services deliver far more than just grants, but our central aim – to help those in need – remains true.
Everyone who works, volunteers, fundraises for Ben – or who is part of the wider Ben family – shares the same passion – to make a positive difference to people’s lives.
Knowing that, together with the automotive industry, we provide support that can turn people’s lives around, along with superb care services that enhance the lives of our residents and their families, makes us very proud.
At Ben we believe in respecting one another and listening to what every individual has to say – and we are driven and inspired to continually raise our game and make a difference. Each and every member of the Ben family has a role to play – and indeed is activity empowered – to deliver on our mission – to make a positive difference to people’s lives.