Shelter is delighted to announce the launch of a new phase in our partnership with Nationwide Building Society.
Nationwide Building Society has been a firm supporter of Shelter since 2000. Both organisations are passionate about ensuring everyone has a home in a place they can thrive, and are working towards a joint policy framework to benefit anyone looking for a secure, affordable place to live.
Between 2000 and 2002 Nationwide Building Society sponsored Strip4Shelter, which raised over £750,000.
In 2004 Nationwide first supported Shelter advice services in Bristol.
- Between 2008 and 2011, Nationwide supported four community based projects in Bristol, Milton Keynes, Hertfordshire and Dorchester, allowing Shelter to work with over 3500 families, adults, children and young people whose lives were affected by housing problems and homelessness.
- In 2011 Nationwide sponsored Shelter's Teachers Centre, a free online tool for teachers. The resources are designed for Citizenship and PSHE classes and look at the issues of young people and homelessness plus money management.
- In 2011, Nationwide employees voted for the fourth year running to raise money for Shelter. As one of three charities chosen by members to benefit from their vote, Shelter received a donation of over £30,000 which will go towards the work of our Skills Support programme, based at Shelter's Bristol service.
Like Shelter, Nationwide has a strong commitment to housing in the UK. Founded with these shared values, our new strategic partnership can provide a powerful voice for housing. We hope to influence public opinion and government policies to drive housing up the political agenda in the future.
This next phase of our partnership - valued at £1million - aims to help 16,000 people find and keep a home of their own over the next five years, through our housing advice helpline and our services in Sheffield and Birmingham. The Nationwide Citizenship strategy will be key to this as it aims to help 750,000 people into, or to maintain, a home.