Walk for Home FAQs


What is Walk for Home?

Walk for Home is a series of walks for people around the country to help give families across the UK a warm and safe place to call home.

How much does it cost to sign up?

There is a registration fee of £10 for the London event. If you’re organising your own walk, it’s free to sign up.

Where does my money go?

The money you raise will bring us closer to a world where everyone’s right to a home is guaranteed. With your help, we’ll reform private renting, demand more social homes, and be there for anyone without a safe place to call home.

Are there any age restrictions for the event?

You must be 18 and over to create a fundraising page and sign up for Walk for Home. If you’re under 18, you do not need to register but must be accompanied by a registered adult.

What do I do if I’ve signed up, but can’t do the walk anymore?

Let us know by emailing us at walkforhome@shelter.org.uk – and remember to disable your fundraising page in your JustGiving page settings.


I haven’t received a confirmation email yet. Am I registered?

You should have received a confirmation email when you signed up – and if you haven’t, please check your junk mail.

If you still aren’t having any luck, please email walkforhome@shelter.org.uk and we’ll get it sorted.

Can you help me with any issues on my JustGiving page?

Please contact JustGiving support where they have lots of helpful information, and you can contact them directly.

London walk

What time do I need to arrive?

We will email you full event details closer to the event date.

How long is the walk route?

It is 5km and 10km. You take the route at your own pace, the route is well marshalled by Shelter volunteers and toilet breaks are available.

After you sign up, we will email you event details in the run-up to the big day.

Is the event accessible for wheelchairs/assisted walking?

Yes, our London route is fully accessible.

Will I get a map of the route?

We will email all attendees a digital map closer to the event day. All routes will be well marshalled.

What happens if it rains?

The event will still go ahead if it’s raining unless there are adverse weather conditions. If there are, we will be in touch via email in advance to let you know if the walk is cancelled.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads at all times.

Will water be provided at the event?

To help further reduce our carbon footprint, and limit plastic waste, we will not provide bottled water for each participant. Instead, we encourage all walkers to bring their own bottles from home.

Soft drinks and refreshments will be available at the end of the event.

When will I get my bobble hat?

Every person paying an entry fee will receive a bobble hat at the event.

Where can I find my event photos?

You can find photos on the Facebook page following the event and this will be emailed to you. We encourage everyone to use the hashtag #walkforhome on their walk and share on their social media channels You can also find photos that walkers have added on social media, search #walkforhome.

Can I register on the day?

Yes. A registration fee of £10 will be charged on the day.

Do your own walk

Can anyone organise their own Walk for Home?

Yes. Walk for Home is open to everyone. You can cover your chosen distance in whichever way you're able, and adapt the challenge to suit your needs. Local councils can provide information about accessible walks in their areas, and there are also dedicated websites where you can search the routes.

When it comes to setting up your walk, we’ll support you every step of the way – from rallying your fellow walkers to raising money for the event.

So, get your friends, family, neighbours, colleagues (and even the dog) together, and get walking!

How do I get started?

Once you’ve signed up, download your walker guide. It’ll tell you everything you need to know, from choosing a route to spreading the word about your walk.

We’ll also be sending you regular emails with plenty of tips to help you along the way.

How can I connect with other walkers?

The Walk for Home Facebook group is a community that loves walking and shares a passion for ending housing injustice. It’s a great place to connect and share ideas.

That’s also where we’ll post helpful hints and information to keep you inspired, up-to-speed and ready for your walk

You can also download the Strava app to connect with other walkers.

How far do I have to walk?

Your Walk for Home can be as long or short as you like, it’s up to you.

Is there a certain day I have to do my walk?

No. We encourage all participants to try and plan their walk between the 1 and 8 December but if there’s another time that works for you, feel free to plan your walk outside of these dates.

If I’m organising a walk, what fundraising tools will be available?

You can download a free walker guide. It’ll tell you everything you need to know about Walk for Home. We’ve got plenty of free fundraising resources for you to help make your fundraising easy; from posters to social posts, so you can tell the world about your walk.

Can I buy any Walk for Home merchandise?

There’s no Walk for Home merchandise for sale, but once you raise £20 we’ll send you a Walk for Home bobble hat.

I’d like to organise my own Walk for Home through my workplace. How do I organise that?

Great. We’ve got lots of advice for businesses – from corporate fundraising tools, such as matched giving, to tips on how to get your colleagues psyched up for the big day. To find out more, please email: walkforhome@shelter.org.uk


How do I fundraise for Walk for Home?

We recommend fundraising through your JustGiving page, you can set this up:

Do your own walk

Walk in London

How do I send cash donations to you?

If you get a cash donation, you’ll have to pay in the amount you’ve received to your online fundraising page.

Alternatively, you can send us a cheque or make a bank transfer by emailing walkforhome@shelter.org.uk. We’ll provide you with all the info you need from there.

How much do I have to fundraise?

We’re encouraging all walkers to raise a minimum of £80. But aim high, you'll be amazed at what you can achieve.

What happens if I can’t reach £80?

We’re here to support you with your fundraising as much as we can, so please do get in touch at: walkforhome@shelter.org.uk.

Does Gift Aid count towards my fundraising target?

Unfortunately, Gift Aid doesn’t count. However, please encourage your donors to include Gift Aid in their donations because it’s a fantastic way to help us raise extra funds, and be there for more people who are living in unsafe housing conditions.

What does my fundraising support?

The money you raise will go to the areas of our work that need it the most. This allows us to be efficient with your donations – reaching the people who urgently need us.

The incredible funds you raise from your walk could help us defend everyone’s right to a safe and secure home, and continue providing support to people who are homeless and living in unsuitable housing

Can I fundraise through a different platform?

We recommend using JustGiving as it’s efficient and easy to use and a fundraising page will automatically be created for you once you have registered.

However, if you’d like to use something else, please let us know by emailing: walkforhome@shelter.org.uk.


My question isn’t covered here. Who do I contact?

Please email walkforhome@shelter.org.uk and we’ll be more than happy to help.