‘It was a proud moment for me’ – Community Fundraiser Neil goes back to school

‘It was a proud moment for me’ – Community Fundraiser Neil goes back to school

Community Fundraiser Neil at Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw

Walking up to the gates of Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw took Community Fundraiser Neil Davies right back to his first day at school in the 1980s.

Neil had fond memories of his time in the classroom and was excited to be invited back 30 years later to speak to current pupils about his work at Shelter Cymru.

“It was a really proud moment for me,” said Neil, who dreamed as a youngster of growing up to work for a charity.

Neil, who has been working as Regional Fundraiser for South Wales for a year, was invited to Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw in Pontypool as part of the First Give programme.

First Give encourages young people to identify social problems, like homelessness, in their communities and research charities which work to tackle those problems.

Pupils must work together on a social action project, which can include campaigning, raising awareness or fundraising for their chosen cause.

Rhiannon Youssef, Programme Manager at First Give, said the scheme has positive effects on students’ personal development, adding: “It also creates a more cohesive community, linking schools with charities operating in their local area.”

On stage at the First Give school final

Setting up for the First Give school final

During their second lesson, pupils are asked to decide which charity they would like to support and are encouraged to get in touch.

Several groups chose to support Shelter Cymru, including from Bishop Hedley High School in Merthyr Tydfil, Pentrehafod School in Swansea and Radyr Comprehensive School in Cardiff.

Neil was delighted to hear from the teachers and pupils and went along to meetings to tell them about Shelter Cymru’s work defending the right to a safe home in Wales.

He explained that Shelter Cymru uses advice, campaigns and support to fight the devastating impact of the housing emergency on people and society.

Neil continued to support the students throughout the term, as they worked on their presentations. He also went along to the final, where the winners were awarded a £1,000 grant for their charity.

Rhiannon said: “The highlight of the programme for me is attending the school final. It’s always such a joyous occasion and culmination of the whole programme, where we celebrate the hard work the year group have done for their charity.”

Neil explained there were a lot of benefits to taking part in First Give: “The possibility of potential new fundraisers, making greater links with the local community, the element of raising awareness and, of course, the possibility of winning the £1,000 grant.”

Between 2014 and 2023, First Give has empowered nearly 200,000 young people to make a difference, with 1,254 charities winning the £1,000 grant.

For more information about how you can support Shelter Cymru, visit our fundraising page

28 November 2023

By Liz Day

Ride to the Rugby 2017

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Convey Law are Riding to the Rugby

Ride to the Rugby 2016 – Destination Dublin

Christmas Carols for Shelter Cymru!

Christmas carols are a great way of spreading some festive joy; you can have fun and raise money for Shelter Cymru to support those children who will spend Christmas morning in an emergency bed and breakfast or hostel, often cramped into one room with their whole family and limited facilities.

You can organise carol singing anytime in the lead-up to Christmas – all you need is somewhere with enough room for you and your choir. You could sing carols:

  • at work in the main lobby, canteen area or travel around departments
  • at a local community or village hall
  • on a high street or in a local supermarket
  • at your Church or Chapel
  • on the train or at the station.

Please remember if you sing on private property (train stations, shopping centres, etc.) you must obtain permission from the owner.

Ask for donations as you sing (we can send you collection tins or Gift Aid envelopes) or you can set up an online fundraising page or Justgiving and ask for donations.

Download carol sheet

Rachel’s Story

Entering Ride to the Rugby 2015

Following the very successful Ride to the Rugby 2014: Destination Paris, we are currently working on Ride to the Rugby 2015.

Please check back here for details on how to enter.

Ride to The Rugby 2016

We are once again braving the elements to take on the 200+ mile ride from the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, arriving in time for the Six Nations’ match Ireland Vs Wales.  Last year, over 60 cyclists rode the 300 miles to Paris to watch Wales beat France in the Stade de France and raised a fantastic £96,000 to support us to put an end to homelessness in Wales. All cyclists taking part receive a ticket to the match, so it’s definitely worth the ride!

We will be leaving Thursday 4 February 2016 from the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and then traveling up to Carmarthen on the first day. We’re then traveling from there to the Pembroke Dock to take the ferry across to Rhosslare on Friday, before traveling up to Dublin on the Saturday in time for a night out celebrating our massive achievement and tickets to the match on Sunday.  We’ll be traveling back then after the match by coach and getting the evening ferry.  All transport, accommodation, match ticket, breakfast and lunch, shirt, is included, so costs to you are just your evening meals, any beverages on an evening you might want, personal travel insurance, your kit and a bike of course.

We ask that everyone who takes part raises a minimum £1,500 and this obviously includes the cost of the trip as well as money for our work to support families at risk of losing their homes or living in bad housing.  We ask to confirm your place that you pay a £200 non-refundable deposit (this is part of the £1,500 total) and then we’ll get you up and running with the fundraising.  The fundraising can seem a little daunting at first, but our fundraising team are happy to chat through with you how to go about raising the money, everyone always does better than they think, and we’ll help in any way we can with this.

Love rugby? Looking for a challenge? Then this is for you.

For more information contact us on 01792 469400 or [email protected], or sign up at www.sheltercymruchallenge.org.uk

Annual Welsh Art Auction 2015

Shelter Cymru’s Art Auctions return for their 13th year.

The Annual Welsh Art Auctions are one of the biggest events in our fundraising calendar, as well as a guaranteed great evening out.  Since 2002, we have raised an incredible £176,000 to support our work, thanks to the continued generosity of the artists and all those who come along and buy artwork.

Artists, who are Welsh or based in Wales, very generously donate their work so that all the income from the auctions goes directly to helping people in housing need in Wales.  There’s always a wide range of styles, sizes and prices to suit every wall and pocket.

This year we have a royal connection as one of the contributing artists Seren Bell, has been commissioned by Prince Charles to paint a number of works for his new home.

Our North Wales Auction will be held on the 20th September at Rossett Hall, Wrexham and then we finish off once again at the Penarth Pier Pavilion on Friday 25th September.

Visit the Shelter Cymru Art Auction’s page to view this years collection.

Penelope Timmis - Howell

We do hope you will be able to come along and join us at one of our Auctions. For more details please contact a member of our fundraising team on 01792 469400.