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Support the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society

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.

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.

If this applies to you or any colleagues please contact chris@bensoc.org.uk or call our office on 0141 353 3596.

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. 

Supporting The Ben is easy and there are many ways to help. Each year, we need to raise £300k to support former and current members of our trade facing financial, social and emotional difficulties. Please take a moment to see how you can help us reach that figure this year




Our new mental health campaign is now LIVE! Our help hotline is a FREE number and our trained counsellors will advise and can also arrange FREE counselling sessions for those in need! We have also arranged for you to join us at our FREE Mental Health Roadshows which we will be rolling out throughout Scotland! Please contact us to request further information 

The Mental Health Seminars will begin at 10am and complimentary tea, coffee and morning rolls will be provided

Let's tackle mental health together! you are #Notalone


🏠 VACANT PROPERTY now available at our estate in Pitlochry! 🏠 
In order to qualify for this property there must be a medical and/or financial need, one or two bedrooms to suit single applicant best suited for retirees. Applicant must work/have worked in the drinks industry/licensed trade  
The BEN owns and operates the BEN Pitlochry Estate (Pitlochry, PH16 5LU) consisting of 18 bungalows which are available at subsidised rates for eligible applicants.
Should you know of any person who would be interested in living in the accommodation, or requires other financial help, please contact ....
Chris Gardner
0141 353 3596 
Please also refer to the Scottish License Trade Association for further updates

Apply for Help

Have you worked in the trade and have a financial need? If so, you can apply to the BEN for help...

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How We Help



Paul phoned the office just before Christmas asking if we provided food parcels, his house was up for sale, he was working and trying his best but had no money left for food.

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