Shelter Cymru is an independent Welsh charity, founded on the belief that everyone in Wales has the right to a decent, secure home.
Since 1981, we have helped more than half a million people fight for their rights, get back on their feet and find and keep a home. We provide free, independent, expert housing advice and legal support on the phone, online and face to face in 75 advice surgeries across all 22 local authorities in Wales; our frontline services are completely free of charge and are available to all.
Last year, almost 20,000 people came to us for help. Over 7,000 of these were children. In addition to this, more than 220,000 people accessed our advice online. The demand on our services has never been higher.
At Shelter Cymru, we face a very real challenge in that we need to raise significantly more money if we are to be there for everyone in Wales that needs us – both now and in the future.
Every penny raised through Castles & Cathedrals will enable us to help more people in Wales who are either living in poor housing, facing homelessness or already rough sleeping.
“I’ve heard people say you can’t become homeless if you have kids, but that’s not true. I found myself homeless with my daughter when my landlord wanted the house back to live in. I didn’t have a choice: I didn’t have hundreds of pounds spare to move into another house. We were homeless for nearly two years living in temporary accommodation; it’s not what I ever wanted for my daughter. If it can happen to us, it can happen to anyone.”