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What We Do

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) provides financial support and pastoral care to cinema, film and television professionals who are experiencing extreme hardship due to ill health, redundancy or other unfortunate 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If your domestic appliances are outdated or unsafe, we may be able to help you replace them.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
To download an application form, click here. Ensure you also read our Application Guidelines. Completed applications should be sent to CTBF Welfare Dept., 22 Golden Square, London W1F 9AD. Scanned or PDF forms can be emailed to


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 on how to apply, please email


As well as helping those with a career in film, cinema and television, our support continues into senior years at Glebelands, our own residential care home.

Read more at the official Glebelands 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.