Wellbeing

Wellbeing and COVID-19

The Covid-19 crisis has created an unprecedented challenge and many of us are worried about the impact it is having on people's wellbeing and mental health. We have created this page to provide our members with tools to support themselves and their colleagues and employees.

SOLT and UK Theatre recognise the need to promote a healthy work/life balance for everyone working in the sector. Having wellbeing embedded as a core value within working cultures enables the workforce to thrive personally and professionally, develop resilience and improve productivity.  The Wellbeing Programme aims to improve the mental health of the sector by collecting and analysing data, collaborating with others, sharing best practice and initiating change. 

If you have ideas, links, articles or other resources that we can include on this page, please email: ceooffice@soltukt.co.uk.

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 Immediate help with your mental health
Other sources of help
  • Theatre Helpline  - The Theatre Helpline is a free, independent and confidential phone and email service that provides support to people working in the theatre industry. Trained staff are available to offer support and signposting on any topic which affects your wellbeing, including: Bullying or harassment, Issues with employment or unemployment, Debt and financial issues. 

    0800 915 4617

    advice@theatrehelpline.org

COVID-19 resources

For the latest COVID-19 information from UK Theatre and SOLT, please visit our dedicated page. For UK Theatre and SOLT members, you can also view our latest COVID-19 updates. Here we have gathered a number of resources support people working through the lockdown. 

  • Theatresupport.Info - In light of the closure of many UK theatres due to the Covid-19 virus, leading theatrical charities have come together to centralise information about how and where you can access support if you work in the theatre industry.
  • Theatre Means Business - There are a number of upcoming webinars covering health and wellbeing. 
  • Every Mind Matters - An NHS resource that provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health. If you are still struggling after several weeks and it is affecting your daily life, please contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.
  • UKNAWC - includes sections on how to lead others and look after yourself during COVID-19 
  • Mental Health during COVID-19 - social study, results weekly from the MARCH Network.
Government resources

Working from home

Employee engagement ideas

Training courses / providers
Projects

Research

Case Studies 

We are currently asking members for examples of good practice which will appear here as case studies. If you have one you'd like to share with members, please get in contact

Wellbeing related blogs from UK Theatre

We regularly ask people to write blogs for us on different subjects, here are those related to access. 

Awards

There are a number of awards you could enter to celebrate the work your theatre is doing, here are some of them: 

Personal wellbeing is a particularly important dimension which we define as how satisfied we are with our lives, our sense that what we do in life is worthwhile, our day to day emotional experiences (happiness and anxiety) and our wider mental wellbeing' The What Works Centre for Wellbeing's definition. 

We are continually looking to improve this page. If you have any resources you think we should be adding, or if this page needs to be updated, please let us know

Industry taskforce
SOLT and UK Theatre have convened a taskforce group to help steer and develop the work. This includes senior figures from across the industry, including those from the UK Theatre & SOLT Board and other industry bodies. 

  • Fiona Allan: UK Theatre President and CEO / AD Birmingham Hippodrome
  • Stephanie Sirr: UK Theatre VP & CEO Nottingham Playhouse
  • Michele Taylor: UK Theatre Board – Ramps on the Moon
  • Nia Janis: Playful Productions, SOLT Board
  • Kris Bryce: UK Theatre Board – Executive Director, Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  • Brenna Hobson: UK Theatre Board & National Theatre Scotland
  • Jon Gilchrist: UK Theatre Board & Executive Director HOME

 

Evidence gathered from a range of sources indicates that there is scope to develop a culture of wellbeing in the theatre sector:

  • UK Theatre and SOLT’s 2017 Workforce Review told us that in the theatre industry:

    • There is a culture of overwork
    • Inflexible attitude to caring responsibilities leading to talent drain
    • There is an existence of a workplace culture where new entrants are exploited to get a foot in the door (a ‘tournament culture’ within theatre)
    • An offstage workforce feels undervalued
    • A culture of short-termism
    • The cost of London living and London-centric nature of theatre
  • Safe and Supportive working practices project, 2018
  • UK Theatre member survey, 2019
  • Discussion and a poll at Theatre and Touring Symposium, 2019
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