We’re the UK charity for backstage and front of house workers, with over 125 years’ experience helping people.
Talk to us about practical help at any stage of your career – from welfare and debt advice to financial support and counselling.
If you’re a theatre-goer and would like to help us support those who make it all possible, please visit our Donate page.
How We Help
Long-Term Financial Help
Sometimes ongoing illness or injury can mean that working just isn’t an option.
Talk to us about how we can help ease your money worries with a regular grant or by covering some of your bills.
We’re here to help.
Short-Term Financial Help
Have you lost income due to sudden injury, illness or stress? Maybe your shifts have been dramatically reduced?
We can help in the short term with mortgage payments, medical fees, funeral costs, and childcare.
Let us help you make ends meet whilst you get back on your feet.
Sponsorship For Training
Want to learn new skills? Need to add to your qualifications? Or would just like to be more employable?
Further training may allow you progress in your career, and we can help you with the costs.
We also have a new fund for students; ask us about contributions to the costs of studying.
Struggling with worry or anxiety? Feeling depressed? Have you suffered a bereavement?
We understand how debilitating these feelings can be. Our counsellor can talk to you confidentially, in person or on the phone, within a week.
So don’t wait – get in touch now.
Do you need someone to talk to about debt or financial management?
Or are you struggling to navigate online services? We can offer advice on reducing your bills or applying for benefits.
Perhaps you have questions about handling difficult family relationships or workplace conflicts?
Whatever the issue, we’re here with friendly advice and reassurance.
We work with loads of helpful organisations, who specialise in legal advice through to industry know-how, so whatever your need our community has you covered.
If you’re hesitant about getting in touch – don’t be!
Who We Help
and what to expect
We’ll help anyone whose career has predominantly been spent backstage or front of house in theatres in the UK. That includes any kind of stage technician or engineer; stage managers, stagehands and flymen; anyone involved in costume, hair or makeup; designers and makers of sets, props or puppets; and ushers or box office staff.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out in your career, or if you’ve been doing it for years: whatever your age, background, or circumstances, we’re happy to hear from you.
If in doubt, drop us a line anyway – if you’re not eligible for our support, we’ll pass you on to an organisation that can help.
Once you’ve made contact, Adam, our Office Manager, will be in touch within a few days to arrange a meeting.
Don’t worry if you’re not in London – as long as you’re in the UK, we’ll come to you! We’ll chat about your circumstances and go through the application process together.
Once you’ve told us about your situation, we’ll do everything we can to get you the help you need.
It was against my nature to ask for help, and it took me a while to work up the courage, but I’m so glad that I did. To anyone who needs help, but is afraid to ask, I would urge them to contact the Guild ASAP.
The application process was thorough, but by no means intrusive, and handled at every turn with care and consideration. There was not a hint of judgement, pity or stigma. I felt genuinely calmer and much more positive within minutes of speaking to the Guild.
I cannot begin to tell you how much the Guild’s help means to me and my family. We would be lost without it and are in floods of tears, eternally grateful that there is support like this available for those in need.
I have had such a difficult time lately, but the kindness that the Guild has shown has been overwhelming. I genuinely do not know how to thank you.
I am indebted to the Guild for all of their help, without which I would certainly have lost my home. I’m just glad that I found them in time.