Education resources

Shelter Cymru works to not only improve housing rights, but also to educate children and young people in Wales so that they are equipped with the right tools as young adults to navigate the world of housing. See below resources on housing, homelessness and independent living for classroom learning and group activities, or one to one tutoring.

Opening Doors pack

For ages 11-16yrs

This collection of videos and pdf materials aims to clarify and open up a dialogue about the definitions of home and homelessness, and can help young people prepare for leaving home and what this entails. It can be used in a variety of settings: formal and informal learning in schools and colleges or youth clubs. It is aimed at anyone working with young people in an information sharing capacity. The aim of the pack is to reduce future homelessness and housing need among young people.

The pack consists of 7 sections, with sections 1-3 available in a YouTube video format.

1. What is a home?

2. What is homelessness?

3. Leaving home

4. Where would I want to live?

5. Living in my own place

6. Work in housing

7. Buying a home

Right Track pack

For ages 16-25yrs

The Right Track Pack is a Youth Practitioner’s Guide to Housing and Homelessness, designed for teachers, tutors, youth workers or anyone working directly with young people in either a paid or voluntary capacity. The pack provides information on a range of housing issues facing young people and can help those working with young people to identify problems and offer solutions.

Download the Right Track pack

Welsh Bacc

Our Welsh Bacc Foundation is a Community Challenge, which centres on understanding and preventing homelessness. Learners will develop planning and organisational skills whilst being encouraged to identify, develop and participate in opportunities that will benefit the community.

Download the Foundation Welsh Bacc 

Our Welsh Bacc Advanced is a Community Challenge, which centres on preventing youth homelessness. Learners will develop planning and organisational skills whilst being encouraged to identify, develop and participate in opportunities that will benefit the community.

Download the Advanced Welsh Bacc 

Leaving care and moving on

This short booklet is designed to help young people who are leaving care to prepare for independent living for the first time. It explains some key terms used in housing and explains very basically what rights, but also what responsibilities you have when living independently.

Download the Leaving Care booklet

Education Advisory Group

Established in 2001 the group typically meets twice a year and continues to advise and support the work of Shelter Cymru’s Education Service. Members represent the statutory, voluntary and private sector and have an interest in leaving home education  and youth homeless prevention.

Find out more here

If you have any further questions, suggestions or would like further discussion regarding delivering or disseminating any of the above resources, please do not hesitate to contact Shelter Cymru’s Early Prevention Officer at educatucation@sheltercymru.org.uk. We are always eager to assist and work collaboratively with those aiming to reduce future homelessness for young people.