HELPLINE 0800 138 2522
What We Do

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) provides financial support and pastoral care to cinema exhibition, film and television professionals who are experiencing hardship due to ill health, redundancy or other circumstances.

Welfare and Support – Nationwide Assistance

Welfare services are based at Head Office in London with our own fully trained visitors across all regions of the UK, who are there to help you. You do not need to be a CTBF member to receive assistance, but you must have at least two years’ paid work in the industry, either as staff, contractor or freelance. This two-year work period does not need to be consecutive.

Ways we can help you

We offer financial assistance (and can arrange a free consultation with a financial advisor), practical assistance, help with career matters and advice on government benefits you may qualify for. Call our free confidential helpline for support and information – 0800 138 2522.

Are you finding it difficult to make ends meet or struggling on a low income? Or are debts hindering you from living your life? If so, we may be able to help by offering a grant or loan, or help with your heating, television and utility bills.

If your domestic appliances are outdated or unsafe, we may be able to help you replace them. Or if you need adaptations to your home to enable you to go on living there, we can also assist you.

Our ‘back to work’ package helps if you are out of work and finding it difficult to obtain more work. After assessment, we can offer an “immediate needs” payment and grants to help with bills for six months, after which you will be assessed again.

Application for Assistance Form

​You can apply for help online here. If you would like a hard copy to complete offline please email

Ensure you also read our Application Guidelines.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility or the application process please email or call the Freephone number 0800 138 2522. 


The JBAs are a stepping stone for emerging talent, driven to further their careers in all aspects of the film and television industries.

For more information please visit Supporting Emerging Talent.


The CTBF Richard Attenborough Scholarship provides financial assistance towards tuition fees for students who wish to attend the National Film and Television School but are facing financial difficulties.

For many years Lord Attenborough, award winning actor and director, was a vice-patron of the CTBF, president of the John Brabourne Awards Committee and a major force in helping to develop new talent throughout the film industry.

For more information please visit Supporting Emerging Talent.


As part of CTBF’s refocusing of the support it provides to people working behind the scenes in Cinema, TV and Film we have concluded the sale of Glebelands Care Home to Greensleeves Care, a specialist care provider which manages residential, dementia & nursing care homes across the Midlands, Southern and Eastern England, and has been providing high quality care for older people for 20 years.

Read the news story here, and find out more on the Greensleeves Care website


The CTBF has launched its National Care Plan, enabling those who have worked in the film or television industries for at least two years, and their parents, to receive a discount in any Anchor care home across England.

The partnership with Anchor means that professionals and retirees from all parts of the country can now access care homes at preferential rates and receive help with finding retirement housing from a trusted and highly-regarded provider.

Find out more by contacting us on 
0800 138 2522.