About Book Club
What is ShelterBox Book Club?
ShelterBox Book Club is a service provided in return for a monthly payment – every six weeks, you’ll be discovering new cultures through diverse book choices and characters that are inspired by real-life stories around the world.
Why should I sign up to book club?
The books we read are riveting page-turners. But the important twist that makes ShelterBox Book Club unique is that our book themes and choices are inspired by the people and places who have been helped through ShelterBox’s disaster relief work.
How much does it cost?
£10 a month is the recommended payment to become a ShelterBox Book Club member.
This ensures that we can cover the cost and postage of your books, as well as providing essential support to disaster-hit families around the world.
If you are able to spare a little more, your support will go even further – providing emergency shelter, tools and equipment that will help rebuild lives.
What does my payment go towards?
By joining ShelterBox Book Club, you are committing to helping families across the world hit by disaster.
Your payment will also help cover the cost of the book and maintaining Book Club, which is £5.66 per person every month. This is therefore the minimum amount acceptable to join Book Club, and any payments above this go towards providing aid to families hit by disaster.
What do I get?
In return for a recommended £10 monthly payment, you will get:
- The chance to vote on a carefully selected shortlist every six weeks
- Your own copy of the winning book through the post – to read when it suits you best
- Regular news and updates from Head Bookwork
- An online discussion forum to share your views with fellow members
- An insight into the lives of real people who are being helped thanks to you
Can I choose what I get?
We handpick the three shortlisted books. From there, the book with the highest number of votes is selected – everyone gets the same book.
What kind of books will I receive?
We read stories from all over the world, opening our eyes to new cultures and experiences. We’ll read all sorts of books – modern literary fiction, auto-biographical books – but the twist that makes ShelterBox Book Club unique is that we choose the books because we are inspired by the people who’ve been helped through ShelterBox’s disaster relief work.
Some of the books we have already read this year include The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, and Yuli by Carlos Acosta.
How do I vote on the next book?
Every 6 weeks Head Bookworm shortlists three books for you to chose from.
You’ll be sent an email asking you to vote for your favourite and there’ll be lots of reminders on our social media channels too so you won’t forget. The book with the most votes wins and will be sent to your home a few weeks later making sure there’s never too much of a gap between your book club books.
I’ve read the book before – what should I do?
Hopefully this won’t happen. But if it does, it’s good karma to give away a book as a gift! Or alternatively, you could reread the book along with us.
Can I buy a gift membership for someone else?
If you have a bookworm in your life who would love to be a member of book club, you are able to buy a gift membership in 3, 6 or 12 month packages.
I already support ShelterBox – can I be part of ShelterBox Book Club?
Thank you for supporting ShelterBox. In order to be part of ShelterBox book club, you’ll need to set up a new regular gift through the book club page.
Can I cancel at any time?
Yes, you can. If you’d like to stop or amend your monthly gifts, please call our supporter care team on 0300 0300 500.
What is Gift Aid and does this qualify?
Gift Aid is a governmental scheme that, assuming you are a taxpayer, means charities may be able to claim an additional 25% of your payment from the government – at no cost to you.
To make sure we can claim gift aid on any eligible payment, please tick the gift aid box on the sign-up form. It allows your payment to go further and help more families hit by disaster.
When will payments come out of my account?
You can choose when in the month your gift is taken – either the 1st, 8th, 15th or 22nd of every month. Due to the processing time to set up a Direct Debit, if your chosen date is within 10 working days, we will start the gift the following month.
If you are choosing Book Club as a gift, the payment is taken upfront.
How do I redeem my gift membership?
You can redeem your gift membership by clicking the link in your e-voucher and entering your voucher number and your membership details. Alternatively, you can redeem your membership here.
Can I deliver to another address?
Yes, you can choose the delivery address on the sign-up form.
When will my book arrive?
The books will arrive 7-10 days after the winning book choice is announced. If you think the book should’ve arrived by now, but it hasn’t, please contact our Supporter Care team on 0300 0300 500 or email us.
What to do if my book hasn’t arrived?
We’ll always let you know (through social media) when our books have been sent out and if a few days later you’re still waiting, let us know. You can do this by emailing us here or calling our Supporter Care team on 0300 0300 500.
Can I deliver to an international address?
Book Club is only available in the UK currently, but we are looking into expanding for other countries. For international audiences wishing to participate, please call 0300 0300 500 or email us to find out about Book Club in your country.
What if there is a problem with my book?
All our packs are put together by hand, so we hope there is never a problem with the pack we send you. If there is a problem, please contact our Supporter Care team on 0300 0300 500 or email us.
Will I be charged for postage?
No, the cost of delivery is included as part of joining Book Club.
Will the book fit through my letterbox?
Yes, the packs are designed to fit through letterboxes
Do you offer anything for people who need assistance or are visually impaired?
We don’t offer anything currently for those who require special assistance.
Can I pause book club and restart at a later date?
No, if you want to talk to us about your membership, please contact our Supporter Care team on 0300 0300 500 or email us.
Can I donate to ShelterBox without being a member of Book Club?
If you want to donate to ShelterBox without taking part in Book Club, please contact our Supporter Care team on 0300 0300 500 or email us.
Can I skip a book?
If you want to skip a book but continue with your payment to ShelterBox, please contact Head Bookworm.
Can I buy previous books?
Unfortunately, we don’t sell previous books as part of Book Club.
Can I get a digital copy of my book?
At the moment we can only provide a hard copy of the book.
What do I do if I haven't received my e-voucher email?
If you have not received your gift membership e-voucher, please check your junk folder and if you have still not recieved your voucher please contact Head Bookworm.
Can I update my communication preferences?
You are always in control of how you hear from us and you can change your mind at any time by calling us on 0300 0300 500.
Are my details secure?
Your personal details are secure. We’ll always protect your privacy and will never sell or swap your data with any third party.
To find out more about how we safeguard your data, visit shelterbox.org/privacy
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