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Film & TV Charity

What does the Film & TV Charity do?

The Film and TV Charity provides support to everyone working behind the scenes in film, TV or cinema. From researchers to writers, casting producers to people working in production, distribution, or exhibition, they are ready to help. The Charity has been around since 1924 and today offers a wide range of support, including: a free, confidential 24/7 Film and TV Support Line, Bullying Advice Service, a Freelancer Wellbeing Hub, Legal Advice, and packages of financial support. From advice on mental health and wellbeing, to issues with discrimination and harassment they provide a whole host of practical tools and resources for everyone, at every level, in film, TV, and cinema. 

Can you tell us more about the work you’re currently doing with MoneyHelper?

The Film and TV Charity has partnered with MoneyHelper to launch a range of new digital financial tools, to increase practical support for those in the industry facing financial uncertainty due to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. Designed for freelancers who may experience less certainty with their income, and for those in employment who may also be experiencing significant pressures, the resources will provide advice and tips in the face of unprecedented financial uncertainty.

Provided by financial support service MoneyHelper, the tools can be accessed via the Charity’s website and include a Budget Planner and Bills Prioritiser to give users a better understanding of how they can manage their money and improve their finances. A Savings Calculator also means that users can get advice on how to plan and learn how to reach their financial targets. 

The Charity recognises that the tools won’t provide a complete fix for all financial worries and troubles, and is launching them to complement its existing support, including support for those with an urgent financial need. Eligibility criteria for Stop-Gap Grants can be found here.

As well as practical concerns, worries about money can also negatively impact mental health, just as mental health can impact how someone manages their finances. That’s why, as well as sending a clear message about the financial support it can offer, the Charity is keen to ensure people working in the industry understand and take advantage of the full range of its support services. The Charity’s free and confidential 24/7 Film and TV Support Line, provides industry workers with access to a team of friendly advisors who are on hand to give advice and guidance, or to simply offer a listening ear. Counselling is available for those who need additional support, and the Charity’s Work and Wellbeing Advice Service also offers access to an advisor for up to three months, for support and guidance with anything from ill health, to career guidance and money worries. 

Do you have any workshops/events/sessions on the horizon that people can sign up to?

Not currently, but make sure to keep an eye on our socials or sign up to our monthly newsletter for any updates

How can people get in touch with you?

If you need support, please contact our Film and TV Support Line on 0800 054 0000 or visit their website for more information on their services and how they can help you.

Or email [email protected] if you have a general enquiry

Behind the Scenes Week

Starting next week, Screen Alliance Wales will be taking part in the charity's "Behind the Scenes Week". From Monday the 28th November to Friday the 2nd of December we will be turning the camera around and taking a look at the people who work behind the scenes on productions at Wolf Studios Wales. We will be celebrating people who are sometimes overlooked, but still vital in creating the fantastic productions that we see on TV. Stay tuned on our social media channels (with the hashtags below) as well as our website as we celebrate these fantastic people!

#BTSW #TurnTheCameraAround #HiddenHero

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