‘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

Convey Law are Riding to the Rugby

Ride to the Rugby 2016 – Destination Dublin

Carolau Nadolig i Shelter Cymru!

Carolau Nadolig yn ffordd wych o ledaenu rhywfaint o lawenydd y Nadolig; gallwch gael hwyl a chodi arian i Shelter Cymru i gefnogi plant hynny a fydd yn treulio bore Nadolig mewn gwely a brecwast neu hostel argyfwng, yn aml yn gyfyng i un ystafell gyda’u cyfleusterau teuluol a chyfyngedig cyfan.

Gallwch drefnu canu carolau unrhyw adeg yn y cyfnod cyn y Nadolig – y cyfan sydd angen i chi rhywle gyda digon o le i chi a’ch côr. Gallech canu carolau:

  • yn y gwaith yn y brif cyntedd, ardal ffreutur neu deithio o amgylch adrannau
  • mewn neuadd gymunedol neu bentref leol
  • ar y stryd fawr neu mewn archfarchnad leol
  • yn eich eglwys neu gapel
  • ar y trên neu yn yr orsaf.

Cofiwch os ydych yn canu ar eiddo preifat (gorsafoedd trên, canolfannau siopa, ac ati) mae’n rhaid i chi gael caniatâd gan y perchennog.

Gofynnwch am roddion wrth i chi ganu (gallwn anfon i chi tuniau casglu neu amlenni Rhodd Cymorth) neu gallwch sefydlu dudalen codi arian ar-lein neu Justgiving a gofyn am roddion.

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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.

Cycling for Shelter Cymru

Matt and his Co-op colleagues, Sam, Kurt and Charllotte from Brecon, took on the Taff Trail on Tuesday 28 July, riding 56 miles from Brecon to Cardiff.

Matt Stapleton's Bike Ride - cropped

Matt is a committed fundraiser who supports a different charity annually.  Matt said:

I chose to support Shelter Cymru this year because one of my friends was going through a difficult time with his landlord and was on the verge of being homeless.  He had nowhere to turn, but then he found Shelter Cymru.  Shelter Cymru gave him the support he so desperately needed and helped him find a better place to live.

Shelter Cymru hold a weekly surgery in Brecon on Monday afternoons 1.30 – 3.30pm, where expert advisers are on hand to offer advice and support for anyone with a housing problem.  If like Matts friend you need help contact our housing advice helpline on 08000 495 495, no one need face homelessness alone.

Matt adds:

The bike ride was a success and went really well although was very challenging and there were a few minor problems along the way with punchers and brakes but it was worth it.  I’m extremely grateful to Shelter Cymru for the support they gave to my friend, for being there when he needed them most.  I hope I can raise lots of money to support them with their work during my year of fundraising.

Matt has already raised over £500 through his bike ride and collecting tins in the Co-op.

If like Matt you are a keen cyclist, Shelter Cymru will once again be holding its Castles & Cathedrals sportive on Sunday 11th October with the opportunity to ride the 92 miles from Cardiff to Brecon and back or starting at Brecon and completing the shorter route. For more information and to register to take part visit http://castlesandcathedrals.org.uk/