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Build momentum

There are lots of activities to get involved in to suit all interests, abilities and availability. You could:

  • Build relationships with local organisations, community groups and schools – encouraging them to support ShelterBox.
  • Bring our work to life. We will provide you with examples of our ShelterBox aid (and training on how to use it) so that your community can have first-hand experience of the difference our help makes.
  • Identify and develop potential fundraising and promotional opportunities within your area.
  • Represent ShelterBox at local events.
  • Organise and hold collections in your local area.
  • Support our fundraising campaigns, such as Shine for ShelterBox. You could host your own event, or encourage your local community to take part.

What we need

We’re looking for people who are friendly, reliable, enjoy working in a team and are good communicators. Above all, you need to have an enthusiasm for spreading the word and rallying support within your local community.

This role is flexible and you can dedicate as much or as little time as you can spare to support ShelterBox.

Whether it’s during the day, evening or at the weekends, most of our volunteers plan their activities around other commitments. As a rough guide, people usually give between two and three hours a week.

Colin's story

Colin Bell is a ultramarathon runner, Rotary member and volunteer for ShelterBox.

In January 2016 the team at ShelterBox HQ cheered Colin across the line at the end of his fundraising marathon of marathons. Colin set himself the challenge of running 2015km during 2015 – the equivalent of an amazing 48 marathons – often with a ShelterBox strapped to his back!

By 30 December he had completed 1965km, leaving him with only 50km left to go, but a last minute hamstring injury meant that, sadly, he was unable to complete his goal before 2015 ended.

Undaunted, he added an extra 15km to his target by completing three parkruns on New Year’s Day. To finish off, Colin walked 65km to deliver a big cheque in person.

'I got involved with ShelterBox through my local Rotary Club. I started running with a ShelterBox for the Great North Run half marathon as part of my 2015km running challenge for ShelterBox in the hope that I could raise the profile of the charity.

'I support ShelterBox because I believe in what they do - get emergency aid to those in desperate need, the staff and volunteers go to extremes to ensure no family is left without shelter.

'Volunteering for ShelterBox gives me a great feeling of achievement and community. I get an immediate response from people by being able to give them a smile and information about ShelterBox. I know that the little bit I do is helping families in need.

'The support I get when running while carrying a ShelterBox is fantastic and really help me complete events, the shouts of encouragement whilst I was running the Brighton Marathon in 2017 and reminding myself that ShelterBox go the 'extra mile' for people really kept me going to the end.'

Colin’s energy, dedication and determination are an example to us all, especially dealing with the setback of an injury. He is typical of the fundraising spirit we often encounter at ShelterBox – the selfless drive to help families in distress.

Volunteering for ShelterBox is special because you become one of the ShelterBox 'family', you can be involved as much or as little as you want and still be welcomed with open arms from the teams of staff and volunteers.

Colin Bell, Community Volunteer

Colin's 1130-mile JOGLE

But that wasn't the only time that Colin took on a challenge and did incredible things for us.

In 2018, Colin had set himself the challenge of walking from John O’ Groats all the way to Land’s End with a ShelterBox strapped to his back.

He had set off in June, and his journey lasted 78 days in total. He managed to raise an incredible amount of £25,000 for families all around the world.

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