Free resources

We have a variety of resources for Primary schools, Teachers, Youth Workers and other professionals working with young people. These Resources can be downloaded for free below.

Visit the Housemate website to find out some more information on each of the resources available go to our Primary schools or 11-25 Years sections to find out more about our Housemate, Right Track and Peer Education Packs.

Primary Schools

Christmas e-card competition
In 2012 Shelter Cymru launched its Christmas e-card competition. We received some fantastic designs; some designed by hand and scanned through to us and others created using digital tools. A pupil from Ysgol Y Waun in Flintshire won the competition and received a framed certificate as well as her design being used as Shelter Cymru’s e-card for 2012 to its partner organisations.

Types of homes
The document below enables teachers to download line drawings on 8 different types of homes a person can live in to encourage discussion around ‘What a Home is’ and ‘What a home means to your pupils’ while giving them the opportunity to get creative with their colouring/arts and crafts

Download Types of Homes »

11-25 years

Peer Learning Starter Pack
Information, guidelines and templates for organisations looking at developing their own Peer Education Project based on Shelter Cymru’s experience in developing and delivering such projects.

Download the Peer Learning Starter Pack »

Housemate Pack
An educational resource for use with secondary school age children. Various activity sheets and information on topics around Housing and Homelessness. Curriculum references included with a key referring teachers/professionals to the the relevant worksheets according to the key stage.

Download the pack »

The Right Track Pack
A Youth Workers guide to Housing and Homelessness.  Updated in 2017 the Right Track Pack provides basic information for youth workers in Wales about housing and homelessness in relation to young people. The pack includes: Housing options, Young peoples rights and responsibilities as tenants and Benefit entitlements including differences for specific groups.

Download the Right Track Pack >>

Using Housemate in DofE Guidelines
These guidelines have been developed to assist those delivering the DofE Award to include the Housemate pack and resources as part of a life skills programme in the skills section. The Education and Youth officer is available to assist in the development of an individual organisations programme.

Download the Incorporating Housemate guidlines »

Housemate Channel

View films from the Housemate DVD + more on the Housemate Channel on You Tube. Click here to watch the films available online.

Somebody’s Girl is a short film following the story of a young girl who, for whatever reason, has been thrust into the dangerous, often life-threatening world of living on the streets.

Good practice guide for Local Authorities

This Good Practice Guide has been produced for Local Authority housing and homelessness departments looking to establish or improve on their homelessness awareness work in schools. The guide offers practical advice on how to set up an education programme as well as useful tips on engaging schools to deliver the homelessness prevention message effectively to young people.

Download the Good practice guide for Local Authorities »

Shelter Cymru’s Education Conference

Shelter Cymru, with support from the Welsh Assembly Government, organised an Education Conference in November 2006 to highlight the good preventative work being carried with young people by various organisations in Wales and beyond.

Download the Education conference report »

Leaving care and moving on

Leaving Care and Moving On has been produced as part of our Big Lottery funded North Wales Peer Learning Project and in consultation with young care leavers and Leaving Care teams across Wales.

The booklet contains tips on independent living and provides useful signposting information for young people leaving care.

Download the Care Leavers Booklet »

Other pages in Education

Digital Stories
As part of Shelter Cymru’s Tip Top project our young people recorded their individual experiences includes coping with family breakdown, homelessness and budgeting.

A group of young people from Bridgend present a story on homelessness based on their own experiences as part of the Tip Top project.

Ice Cream (For Homelessness) from Fixers UK.
Tom Simpson from Stoke presenting his short film about ‘sofa surfing’ as the new hidden homelessness.

Out of My Hands from Fixers UK.
A short clip about homelessness created by young people at Bron Afon, lead by Suzy Sorby.

ITV News Cymru Wales Homelessness story from Fixers UK.
Fixer Suzy Sorby and her group from Torfaen want people in their community to realise that there are complex reasons behind a person becoming homeless and living on the streets. Suzy’s story was featured on ITV News Cymru Wales on 9th May 2013.