Opportunities Round Up 23.10.2020

With the situation as it stands, we have opted to put a bit of a focus on places people can access free child meals this half term and food banks and places you can donate.

We still have some new Opportunities in the list, and of course our rolling ones too.


The Theatre Helpline is a free (from mobiles and landlines), independent

and confidential phone and email service that provides support to people working in the theatre industry. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round

The number to call is: 0800 915 4617

Or visit https://theatrehelpline.org/ for

more information


Leading a movement against suicide. Open to all, they also have campaigns for males facing mental health struggles. Call: 0800 58 58 58. The helpline and webchat is open to all and can be accessed 5pm – Midnight every day, 365 days a year. Or visit their website here.

The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine has a range of services to help support the medical needs of those in the performing arts. From free clinics, information resources and a practitioner directory, they are a good resource if you may be struggling with any health situations.

To find out more about what they do, follow the link here.

The Film and TV Charity have a 24 hour helpline and chat service available to anyone who is struggling at this time. Their trained team can provide help and advice about legal queries, mental health and financial advice.

To find out more follow the link here.


With the Government voting to not continue free school meals throughout half term, there has been a number of independent business' who have thrown open their doors to help.

Below is a list of contacts for those offering help. It is not extensive, and if you have others, please do let us know so we can add them.

Places To Go

Yummies Cafe & Milkshakes Copplehouse Lane Fazakerley

9am - 10am any child from the age of 4 to the age of 16 will be entitled to a FREE sausage OR bacon sandwich.

The Watering Can L18

A child who accesses free school meals can arrange for a free takeaway packed lunch.

Call 0151 319 2366.

Taste Sandwich Bar

They will be offering free packed lunches for families.

Inbox @tastedingle on Twitter to arrange. All information will be kept confidential.

Fika 131 Woolton Rd, Liverpool L15 6TB

They are offering any child under the age of 16 who may go without a meal due to school closure a free breakfast.

Monday To Friday before 10.30am.

Meatless 312 Smithdown Road L15 5AJ

Offering a free meal to a child who would otherwise go hungry. The link to their post is here. You can show it to them, if you are concerned about or would prefer to be discreet. There is no judgement.

RayRayz 173 Park Road

They will be providing lunches over the October half term.

Contact them for more information 0151-345-5595 or find them on Instagram here.

The Old Hardware Shop 8 Woolton Street L25 5JA

Vegan sandwich shop offering free sandwich box and juice to any child who needs it.

Wed to Sat, 10 til 4pm

Their Facebook page is here.

Leah's Blinds and Interiors 105 Knowsley Road L20

For the October half term, Leah is making packed lunches for those who need it.

Her Facebook page is here to be able to contact her.

Kraft Chippy Old Farm Road L32 7QY

Opening Monday to Friday between 12-1pm for any child under the age of 16 affected by the school closures.

Facebook page here.

Helping Haltons Kids

A charitable organisation arranging to make packed lunches for the Halton Area. They have 11 collection points Throughout Runcorn. Collection points in Widnes will be announced on Sunday ready to start Monday.

More information can be found on their Facebook page here.

Key Lime Coffee

12 - 2pm Monday to Friday during October half term to any child in need to a free school meal.

Contact 0151 708 0404

WYLDE Coffee 86 Telegraph Road, Heswell CH60 0AQ

Will be making free school packed lunches for any child under the age of 16 during half term. Confidential and no questions asked.

You can contact them via email: jamiewyldecoffee@gmail.com

Or check out the Facebook page here.

Pullman Jack's 2a Ferndale Road Waterloo L22 9QW

Offering free meals for children who need them. You can private message them on Facebook or come in and see them. No judgement, fuss or questions.

They are open Friday & Saturday 10:30-3 pm.

Facebook page here.

This Twitter thread has a more extensive list of business' who are offering free meals for children. Follow the link here.

If you hear of any more places feel free to contact us, or add to our Facebook page

FoodBanks and Places to Donate

The Liverpool Independent Delivery Service (LIDS) have a place you can directly give monetary donation to help with their programmes in collaboration with Red Neighbours.

Find out more here.

Micah Liverpool have a food bank and a volunteer programme where you can donate your time to help. For more info on both click here

The Florrie are currently in the process of reopening their food union. You can contact them for more info on this here.

North Liverpool Foodbank has an option to access it's service and to help with it's services. To do so click here.

The Knowsley Foodbank are always accepting food donations, and have a list of useful items. They also have information on how to access the services and vouchers. For info click here.



Acting For Others is a consortium of 14 member charities set up to help provide financial and emotional support to professionals within the theatre.

You can find information on each of the charities including links to apply for help here

The Greater Manchester Artists Hub has got some great things going on at the minute. As well as private and group advisory sessions, they currently have two funds available. One is a hardship bursary and the other to support the development of a new piece of work.

The Revive fund will offer 10 GM-based creative freelancers a £500 hardship bursary along with peer networking support and a 1-1 advice session with GM Artist Hub to explore your own particular circumstances and needs.

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 25th October 2020

The Reboot fund is offering 8 grants of £1500 to support the initial development of a new piece of performance-based work over a three month period.

Deadline: Midnight Sunday 25th October 2020

Get into Theatre is a one stop shop of ways into a career in theatre. They have sections on training, experience and funding.

With information on courses and funding, this website is a useful resource whether you are a newbie to it all, or an experienced professional looking for further development.

Front of House and Backstage Workers

If you work backstage or front of house and are struggling right now then The Theatrical Guild might be a good place to look, they have set up a great resource for theatre workers at any stage of their career. It includes help with finances, funding, counselling and training. You can apply for help here, and if you aren't eligible, they will pass you onto an organisation that can help.

Backup – The Technical Entertainment Charity – provides financial support to industry technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film.

Application are open for their latest round of hardship funding. To learn more click here.

Application close: 8pm 30th October 2020

Playwrights and Writers

The Peggy Ramsay foundation is a charity set up to help give theatre writers the space and time to write. If you have had a play professionally produced, you can qualify for support.

To find out more details on eligibility and how to apply click here.

If you're a playwright you'll be pleased to know there is a new prize from the wonderful people at Hope Mill Theatre called Through the Mill. The winner receives £5000, and their play will be produced by the theatre. The finalists will receive on to one mentoring with Jonathon Harvey. Find out more about how to apply here.

Deadline for submissions: 27th November 2020

The Society of Authors has set up the Authors' Emergency fund.

Open to all professional authors who are resident in the UK, including writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others. Note: those who have had ACE emergency response fund are ineligible for this grant. Find out how to apply here.

53Two, MAP Productions and TripleC are looking for writers to pitch ideas for their latest Christmas advert.

Pitches should be no more than 250 words, and require no more than 4 actors.

The successful writer will receive £200.

Email pitches to: info@maplatform.co.uk

Deadline: Sunday 25th October

You can also see the original advert here.


Education Support as a charity who help provide effective and relevant support to all of those working in the education sector today.

They currently have grants to help those who are either working or retired from the education sector. There are a few criteria involved in applying, so we recommend reading the outline of it all here.


Are you a writer who's always been tempted by radio? The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award is open for applications. It's a £5000 bursary for a writer in the north of England who is new to writing for radio. Check it out.

Deadline to apply: 5pm on Friday 6th November 2020

Outdoor Arts

Have an outdoor show ready to book? Outdoor Arts UK have created an online directory for shows that are able to be performed in the current climate accounting for social distancing and safety measures for both artists and audiences. It’s a straightforward form to fill in, which you can do here.


Arts&Heritage have a £1000 commission available for a piece of digital work. The idea is that the work will be become their leading visual identity over the Winter months.

The web page has more detail about what the commission entails and the requirements and can be found here.

Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 25 October

Music Industry

Music Support is a charity who offer support and resources for those within any area of the UK music industry suffering from mental, emotional and behavioural health disorders. Find out more.

The Association of Independent Music has opened a crisis fund for music contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry, whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It's an ongoing fund and you can join here to apply.

ORA Singers is launching an Emergency Composers’ Fund.

It is essentially a commission for £1.500 for 8 composers living in the UK to write a new choral