We’re the UK charity for backstage and front of house workers, with over 125 years’ experience helping people like you. You’re the unsung heroes who keep the wheels turning, and whether you’re ushering, flying, ticketing or wiring, we’ve got your back.
Talk to us about practical help at any stage of your career – from welfare and debt advice to financial support and counselling.
How We Help
Long-term Financial Help
Sometimes, ongoing illness or injury can mean working just isn’t an option.
And when you’re struggling with pain or bad health, the last thing you need is financial stress.
Whether or not you think you’ll ever be able to go back to work, 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 injury, illness or stress?
Are you trapped in a toxic or abusive relationship, unable to afford the deposit on a place of your own? Perhaps a loved one needs your care for a while, or maybe your shifts have been dramatically reduced.
We can help with childcare while you work, or with medical or funeral costs.
Let us help you make ends meet.
Sponsorship for Training
Reached a crossroads? Or just want to be more employable? Courses and conferences can help you progress in your career.
Money should never be a barrier to ambition. If you want to hone your skills, or add to them, we can help you meet the cost of retraining within the industry.
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? Or perhaps you feel bleak, but don’t know why. Problems like this can affect anyone, from any background, at any time.
But you don’t have to face them alone.
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?
We’ve also got loads of ideas on where to find training and job opportunities. Whatever the issue, we’re here with friendly advice and reassurance.
We’re connected with loads of helpful organisations. From legal advice to industry know-how, our community has you covered.
If you have problems we can’t solve or questions we can’t answer, we’ll always find someone who can.
So if you’re hesitant about getting in touch – don’t be! Even if you don’t fall within our eligibility criteria, we’re sure to know where you can find the help or advice you need.
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’d love to hear from you.
If in doubt, get in touch anyway – if you’re not eligible for our support, we’ll pass you on to an organisation that can help.
Once you make contact, Adam will get 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, your worries and your plans, and go through the application form together. Once you’ve told us about your situation, we’ll do everything we can to get you the help you need.
If you need help with bills, rent, or a training course, we usually pay the provider or your landlord directly. If you can afford to pay some, but not all, we can make up the shortfall.
If you need counselling, we aim to get you an initial meeting – in person or on the phone – within one week of contacting us. This is for our counsellor to assess your needs, so she can decide how many sessions she’d like to offer you. Once this first block of sessions is over, we can decide together whether you’d like to continue, or if you feel ready to bring them to a close.
If your finances permit, we may ask you to contribute a small amount towards your counselling; if you really can’t manage, we’ll cover the costs for you.
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.