Ride to the Rugby 2015

Last February, 35 riders overcame appalling weather conditions to reach the Aviva Stadium in Dublin for the Six Nations clash between Ireland and Wales.

The ride was such a success that this year, we have no fewer than 63 intrepid cyclists taking on the ride from Cardiff to the Stade de France in Paris, again led by former Wales Captain and British Lion Colin Charvis.

Joining Colin on the challenge is fellow International Hal Luscombe and all nine members of Only Men Aloud, who will be singing the national anthem on the pitch before the kick off. It will be the first time an away team representative has ever sung their own national anthem in the competition, rather than the home team’s representative singing it.

Riders will depart on Wednesday 25 February arriving (hopefully) just before kick off on the Saturday.

You can find regular updates from the challenge on our Facebook and Twitter feeds – follow us and  show your support for our riders.

If you’d like to make a small donation, you can do so by visiting here »

Ride to the Rugby 2015 is proudly sponsored by Nation Radio.

Only Men Aloud join the Ride to the Rugby 2015

Classic Brit Award winning choir Only Men Aloud have agreed to take up their greatest challenge yet – cycling from Cardiff to Paris, arriving at the Stade de France in time to sing the national anthem at Wales Vs France on Saturday 28th February.

Leaving the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday 25th February, they will be joining over 50 other cyclists all raising money for Shelter Cymru. Ride to the Rugby’s 61 riders will do battle with the elements and ride 300 miles over 4 days to reach the Stade de France, in time for Wales’ Six Nations match.

Last year Shelter Cymru helped 15,500 people with housing problems across Wales, and prevented homelessness in 80% of the cases where it was faced. In addition a further 300,000 people visited the charity’s website looking for advice.  Ride to the Rugby is not only a fantastic challenge for all those taking part, but through the fundraising efforts of the cyclists provides crucial funds to support Shelter Cymru’s vison of an end to homelessness across Wales.

The event is supported by the Welsh Rugby Union and Shelter Cymru has linked up with Nation Radio, Gulliver’s Sports Travel, Creigiau Travel, Freight Movement Ltd and Sarn Helen Events.

You can support Shelter Cymru by sponsoring Only Men Aloud.  Please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/onlymenaloudparis2015and donate now.

Renting Homes Bill – myths and facts

The Renting Homes Bill introduced by Welsh Government aims to reform and simplify tenancy law in Wales.

All existing tenancies will convert to either a ‘standard contract’ or a ‘secure contract’, both of which will explain in clear terms to landlords and tenants what their rights and responsibilities are. We welcome this as it will ensure standard practice and promote greater clarity for both landlords and tenants.

The Welsh Government states that private renters will have a similar level of security under the standard contract as they do now under the Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST). However, one major change is that the Bill proposes to remove the ‘six month moratorium’ which currently protects tenants from eviction during the first six months of their tenancy. This will enable private landlords to offer tenancies with no fixed term at all – giving tenants in Wales a level of security of tenure that is lower than in any other country in Western Europe.

Download the Renting Homes Bill in full here »

Equal Ground Standard

The Equal Ground Standard is a tool for embedding person-centred principles in frontline homelessness services. It has been designed by service users in order to help further the aims of Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.

We are offering free support to local authorities to embed the Equal Ground Standard and carry out user-led service evaluations.

Shelter Cymru has won funding from the Big Lottery Fund for the Take Notice project, a three-year initiative to develop the skills and confidence of service users and offer a service to local authorities and other providers to help check the quality of services.

Adopting the Standard is a process that can be taken as quickly or as slowly as resources allow – goals are short-, medium-, or long-term as required.

Download the Equal Ground Standard (Eng) →
Cymraeg →

We are keen to partner up with authorities across Wales to implement Equal Ground. If you would like to discuss this, please get in touch with Jennie Bibbings, Policy and Research Manager at jennieb@sheltercymru.org.uk.

The EGS is supported by the Welsh Government.

Shelter Cymru supports Welsh Ministers call to abolish ‘ right to buy’

Shelter Cymru has been campaigning for an end to the Right to Buy for several years. We have long believed that the Right to Buy has contributed to homelessness and housing need in Wales by reducing the social housing available.  It makes little sense to continue to sell rented houses at discounted prices when affordable housing provision still falls so short of projected need.

Of course the Right to Buy isn’t the only factor that we must think about. We must improve the supply of affordable housing across Wales, including low cost home ownership, secure and affordable private rented housing, and more social housing through the work of housing associations and local authorities.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-30918677

St Dwynwen’s Day

Sunday 25 January is Santes Dwynwen Day, the Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s Day. We believe that home is where the heart is, so this Sunday, why not show your love for Shelter Cymru and tell us what home means to you. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds – we’ll be posting an image you can share or feel free to take your own picture. Just remember to use the hashtag #sheltercymrucartref or#sheltercymruhome Are you interested in our work? If you’d like to know more about our work, sign up below by typing your email address into the box and pressing ‘enter’ on your keyboard.

Or, to find out more, you can visit our What we do pages » Would you like to support us? If you’ve got a few pounds to spare and would like to support our work to prevent homelessness across Wales, then you can donate here »

Take Notice project

Take Notice is an exciting new project funded by the Big Lottery for three years to improve housing and homelessness services across Wales.

We want to give people who have experienced homelessness and bad housing a voice and to support them to lead a positive change in the way that the services they use are planned and delivered in Wales.

We offer full support and training and a range of activities to help participants to contribute to this process in the way that suits them best. You can be involved in a way that you decide!

Take Notice is supported by The Big Lottery Fund.

For more information please visit our projects page »