Throughout this crisis, Equity has been helping members in many ways, from dedicated financial advice to mental health support
As well as negotiating across all sectors to achieve the best possible deals for our members, and lobbying the government for greater protective measures for creative workers, Equity staff have been working hard to support you through a range of services during this crisis.
In these unpredictable times many of our members may be experiencing difficulties with and worries about their mental health. Equity has a support system for members dealing with mental health problems, including a dedicated 24/7 mental health helpline and remote well-being sessions.
Equity mental health and well-being helpline: To access our 24/7 mental health and well-being helpline, call 0800 917 6470. Please have your Equity number to hand.
ArtsMinds: A collaborative project that was created between BAPAM, Equity, The Stage and Spotlight, artsminds.co.uk is a resource hub dedicated to mental health support for performers and creative practitioners.
Financial advice & support
During a challenging time for our industry Equity is working to give you the best financial help and support possible. As well as producing a regularly updated coronavirus financial support briefing, the union has bolstered its hardship fund and expanded the tax & welfare team to ensure you receive the support you need.
Coronavirus financial support briefing: Equity has put together a guide to help members understand their rights to the different kinds of financial support available during the Coronavirus pandemic and how to claim them. It covers the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), the self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and Universal Credit (UC), as well as other tax measures and loan schemes, and is being updated on a rolling basis. Access the full briefing here.
Equity’s Tax and Welfare Rights Advice Line: For further information and advice you can contact the Tax and Welfare Rights Advice Line at Equity, open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10-1pm and 2-5pm. Call 0207 670 0223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equity Benevolent Fund: Members can apply for financial support from the Union through our hardship fund. For more details please see our Benevolent Fund article. You can also visit equity.org.uk/benfund for more information and to submit an application.
Subscription support: We understand that a number of our members are facing significant financial pressure during this crisis. If you are unable to pay your subs, we can help in most circumstances. Please email: email@example.com
Details of further external sources of funding can be found at equity.org.uk/support
Equity Zooms In On…
Equity is hosting an ongoing programme of meetings via Zoom covering the wide variety of issues currently facing our industry. This includes regular meetings every Tuesday at 10:30am and Thursday at 3pm, as well as additional independent sessions, and cover a range of topics from Tax & Welfare and Royalties, Secondary Payments & Contract Enforcement to Children’s Entertainers and Magicians.
As well as this programme of events, many branches are running Zoom meetings for their members. Please see your branch’s webpage and check their social media for more information.
‘Equity Zooms In On’ was originated by Equity’s Equalities committees and many sessions are hosted by its members. See equity.org.uk/zoom
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