Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the questions that we are often asked about 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.
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.
£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.
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.
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 Bookworm
- 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
We handpick the three shortlisted books. From there, the book with the highest number of votes is selected – everyone gets the same book.
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.
Every 6 weeks Head Bookworm shortlists three books for you to choose 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.
Each book you get is yours to do as you please. Once you’ve finished reading each book why not give them to a friend to help them learn about new cultures too?
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.
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.
Yes, you can. If you’d like to stop or amend your monthly gift, either call our supporter care team on 0300 0300 500 or email them on [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
We hold all of our book debates on the Book Club Facebook page. Each debate will take place around 6 weeks after the book is delivered. We’ll send you an email to remind you of the debate day and we’ll also post about it on the Facebook Page.
We are currently looking into ways to expand the way we hold debates. If you have any ideas on how you’d like the debates to be run, then please contact Head Bookworm.
We love it when Book Club members can meet up and chat about the books they’ve read. You can post about meet-ups on the Book Club Facebook page to find other members in your local area.
Yes, you can choose the delivery address on the sign-up form.
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.
Book Club is currently only available in the UK. We hope to be able to expand Book Club’s reach in the future. For all future announcements, you can follow the Book Club Facebook page here.
All the books are packed by hand and we do our best to make sure that no books get missed out. On the rare occasions this happens or if your book simply gets lost in the post then please contact Head Bookworm.
No, the cost of delivery is included as part of joining Book Club.
Yes, the packs are designed to fit through most letterboxes.
We don’t offer anything currently for those who require special assistance.
While we can’t pause memberships, you can stop your membership then re-join again at any time. If you want to talk to us about your membership, please contact our Supporter Care team on 0300 0300 500 or email us.
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.
If you want to skip a book but continue with your payment to ShelterBox, please contact Head Bookworm.
Unfortunately, we don’t sell previous books as part of Book Club. However, we can supply you with a list of the past books we’ve read if you’d like to buy any yourself. All the books will read are readily available online or from your local bookshop.
At the moment we can only provide a hard copy of the book.
If you have not received your gift membership e-voucher, please check your junk folder and if you have still not received your voucher then contact our Supporter Care team on 0300 0300 500 or email us.
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.
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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Join the ShelterBox Book Club community today with a monthly payment to ShelterBox, and you can look forward to receiving your own copy of each winning book, reading along at your own pace and joining the discussion online.
And with every story you read, you’ll be transforming the lives of disaster-hit families in the real world.