About Us

“We help people get back on their feet”

Backup Tech (The Technical Entertainment Charity) is the UK’s registered charity that provides financial support to industry technical professionals, crew/production personnel and people working in the technical supply chain across the UK entertainment industry including those from live events, theatre, TV and film.

Initially setup in the early 2000’s (under the name Lite Relief) Backup was founded by the industry for the industry. Over the years Backup has expanded its remit to match the times, changes and challenges faced by industry colleagues, this includes financial support via medical grants hardship grants during Covid, access to wellbeing aid and helping to promote awareness around mental health and wellbeing through access to training.

Medical Grants are tailored to an individual’s needs and can include essential living costs, medical related expenses, advice, re-training and travel.

Backup works with potential recipients to fully understand the support needed and ensure that help is targeted effectively.

Backup will stay in contact with recipients and provide ongoing support.

In light of the devastating impact of COVID-19, Backup created a separate initial Hardship Fund, which will provide limited financial assistance to those most in need – visit our Hardship Fund page for latest details on status and criteria, as the fund will be open to applications in phases.

Additionally Backup is passionate about helping provide Wellbeing Support facilitating a number of initiatives in and around wellbeing:

  • 24hr Helpline for centralised access point for both urgent and non-urgent wellbeing support.
  • Grants for dedicated councillor sessions
  • AJ Bursary for freelancers to access a free Mental Health First Aider training course
  • Financial support for of the industry initiative to give freelances access to a free Addiction and Recovery Aware training workshop
  • A dedicated website wellbeing resource page of both industry and public wellbeing support services including helplines, group networks and industry assistance organisations

Are you or a family member seriously ill or suffering from an accident and needing support?

Is there someone you know who needs help?

Please contact us as Backup offers support and help to get you back on your feet!