Fundraising at school
Are you looking for bright ideas to help your pupils learn about housing and homelessness? You’re in the right place. At Shelter, we see daily the tragic effect losing your home has on a child – but you and your class can make a difference.
We’ve got resources and lesson plans to bring this serious subject to life in a way that will inspire your class to care for those around them, and give them the skills they need to tackle difficult problems in later life. What’s more, all our resources are designed to fit within the National Curriculum, to take a bit of the teaching strain for you!
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The idea is simple – all your class has to do is bake, build and sell delicious gingerbread houses to raise money for children facing homelessness this Christmas.
Run a school bake sale, auction off the houses or get parents involved – however you chose to run your gingerbread house sale, we’ve got all the tools to help make it a huge success!
From lesson plans and curriculum links to guides on kitchen safety and getting parents on-side, we’ve got everything you need to get going.
For one night only, get everyone together to Sleep for Shelter. Play games, host a quiz, watch films – hopefully even catch a few z’s! However you do it, you’ll be helping some of the most vulnerable families get a good night’s sleep for years to come.
Everything you need to set up your event is below:
Organising your event:
- Sleep for Shelter: how to guide
- Case study and factsheet
- Press release
- Sleep for Shelter poster (A4)
- Sleep for Shelter poster (A3)
- Sleep for Shelter flyer
- Sponsorship form
- Parental consent letter
- Organising your event safely
- Example risk assessment
Choose your quiz questions:
What does home mean to the children in your class? Run a HomeTime event with them and find out!
You’ll also be helping them to understand why, sadly, not every child looks forward to going home when the bell rings, and how the money they raise helps.
To make sure your HomeTime day goes without a hitch, we’ve got assembly plans, games and songs, fundraising tips and posters, animated films, real-life case studies and much, much more!
Watch these videos to find out how David and Aaron were affected when they had housing problems:
With a handbook to get you started and posters to promote your event, activities to do on the day and how to pay in the money you’ve raised afterwards, everything you need is in our kit:
HomeTime resources (600MB)
We’ve got a whole host of free, interactive resources covering a range of subjects in the National Curriculum for KS1 to KS4. We’ve even got lesson plans to go with them.
Get your class involved with making collages showing their ideal home, neighbourhood or town for a show and tell – made up of their favourite elements, shapes, materials and features. Then why not invite other pupils in for a guided tour? Or perhaps a big debate on needs vs wants or whether we need to build more homes is more up their street?
Mix and match the elements to suit your classes’ learning style and get them really thinking about what home means.
There are loads more ways you can get involved and get fundraising for Shelter while helping the children you teach get the most out of their time in the classroom.
Anything and everything you do will make a difference, but if you want to go that extra mile in the mission to end bad housing and homelessness, make Shelter your charity of the year.
In return for your dedication, enthusiasm and fundraising creativity, we’ll give you:
- access to all our educational resources and tools, and the chance to try new things before anyone else
- films of Shelter’s work to assist your teaching and give you real examples of our work
- a dedicated fundraising guide, as well as balloons, posters and other promotional resources
- expert, personalised advice on your fundraising, whenever you need it
- the chance to see where your money is spent: really bring the things to life with a visit to a Shelter service or project to see how the money you’ve raised might be used
- a special certificate to thank you for your hard work, and to make sure the kids feel as proud as they should!