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Spotlight on Shelter

As the temperature drops and the heating cranks up, we wanted to shine a spotlight on our brilliant charity partner, Shelter.

Every year, Shelter helps millions of people who are struggling with bad housing or

homelessness - through expert advice, support and legal services. The housing and homelessness charity also campaigns to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to them for help.

Here are some ‘thoughts’ on what makes Shelter so special, all year round.


Tackles the root causes of bad housing by lobbying government and local authorities for new laws and policies to improve the lives of homeless and badly housed people.

Has solicitors who provide free legal advice and will attend court to help people who’ve lost their homes - or are facing eviction.

Operates a free emergency helpline, available 365 days a year.

Understands individual needs and works with the media to ensure the voices of those affected by the housing crisis are always heard.

Gives people access to face-to-face, one-to-one personalised help with any housing issue.

Has excellent online support and expert information about everything from reclaiming a deposit to applying as homeless. You can also talk to an adviser over web-chat.

Teams up with other housing and homelessness charities like Crisis, Centrepoint and St Mungo’s to call for enough social homes to be built to help end homelessness.

Supports homeless people by organising fundraising events like ‘Vertical Rush’ and ‘Sleep Walk’. Both brilliant initiatives (The ToY Team huffed and puffed their way up Vertical Rush earlier in 2019!).

So, who will you be welcoming into your home this Christmas? Alongside giving them a present, why not send them a thought and add a donation to Shelter … and help make a real difference to those who need it most this Winter. 🏠

Thank you.