Homelessness can happen to anyone. No-one should face it alone.

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 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. We attend court to defend people at risk of losing their home. We provide specialist support services to help families keep their homes and we campaign to tackle the root causes of the housing crisis.

Last year, almost 19,000 people (1 in every 169 people in Wales) came to us for help. In over 40% of cases, there were children in the home. More than 220,000 people accessed our advice online. The demand on our services continues to grow.


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.


Income raised via 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.”
~ Katey