12 December 2017

Don't let homelessness become a Christmas tradition

Every day, 150 families in Britain become homeless. At Nationwide, we're proud to be one of the longest serving supporters of  (This link will open in a new window)Shelter, a charity that helps millions of people every year who are homeless or struggling with bad housing.

Shelter provides advice, support and legal services that are a lifeline for people desperate to find long-term housing. Shelter ensures that no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

When you think about homelessness, you might first think about people sleeping rough on the streets. Most of Shelter's work, though, involves supporting the hidden homeless, people who are stuck sleeping on friend's sofas, in hostels or in bed and breakfast accommodation.

We've been supporting Shelter for 16 years. Today, Nationwide is funding Shelter services in Birmingham, Bristol and Sheffield. These give struggling families advice, help with budget planning and support to improve housing conditions.

We're also helping to fund Shelter's national helpline, which is open 365 days a year giving free housing advice to people at risk of homelessness.

We hope that, one day, Shelter's services won't be needed any more. But until then, Nationwide will keep helping to raise the millions of pounds needed to keep it going.

Don't let homelessness become a Christmas tradition

This December, our employees will be raising money for Shelter to ensure homelessness doesn’t become a Christmas tradition. Homeless people often miss out over the festive period; they might not have a kitchen to cook Christmas dinner, for example, or no money for gifts, or be miles away from family and friends.

What you can do to help

Let's all celebrate the season of goodwill by offering a little help to those in need.

Sadly 65,000 families and over 125,000 children will be homeless this Christmas. To ensure that they don't miss out on one Christmas tradition, we're taking part in Shelter's gift list appeal and Nationwide staff have collected over 1,300 gifts for families in need.

We're also fundraising to help continue to fund Shelter's national telephone helpline. Just £3 could help pay for a Shelter adviser to answer the urgent call of someone struggling with bad housing or homelessness.

And members can donate too, just pop into a branch and ask to pay into the Shelter collection account ST050. Or, if the branch have a collection pot you can use that.

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