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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.

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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.

Welfare and Wellbeing Advice

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 who has spent a significant proportion of their career to date training for and / or working in a relevant backstage or front of house position.

That includes any kind of stage technician or engineer; stage managers, stagehands and flymen; anyone involved in costume, hair or makeup; directors, designers and makers of sets, props or puppets; as well as ushers or box office staff.

It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out, 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 General 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.











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