Guardians Programme

The idea for The Old Vic’s Guardians programme grew out of our desire to help reassure people they have a voice. We want everyone to have a way to share their concerns with someone outside of the ‘regular’ reporting line. Our Guardians will actively listen and support, offering confidential advice on options, with discretion and empathy. A heartening outcome for us would be other theatres, and sectors, taking the concept of Guardians within their business, and making it their own
Kate Varah, Executive Director

The Old Vic Guardians are a group of trained staff who offer a confidential outlet for colleagues to share concerns about behaviour or the culture at work.

The Guardians programme is an Old Vic innovation designed to help any organisation go further in its commitment to creating a safe and secure working environment for all. The information pack about how to create a Guardians programme is available for download below.

Additionally, a Guardians Network has been formed to bring together the group of organisations from all sectors (not just the arts) who have implemented the principles of a Guardian programme. The Network is free to access and online. Pro bono training sessions will be delivered by a Lewis Silkin lawyers in person several times a year.

Each organisation, each industry, will have experiences and solutions with universal application that, through this open collaboration of resources and ideas, will benefit and strengthen us all.

If you would like any further information about the programme, or to join the Network, do contact Executive Director, Kate Varah  by email or Head of Business Development, Rowena Russell by email or 020 7928 2651.