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Schools to support the homeless this winter

Schools step up for #slippersforshelter to help homeless children this Christmas

Posted by Stephanie Broad | November 15, 2015 | Events

School children across the country are getting ready to give their old school shoes the boot, and slide on their slippers instead – all in support of children who will be homeless this Christmas. 

With 100,000 children in Britain facing the prospect of waking up homeless on Christmas morning, Shelter is calling on schools to take part in their Christmas appeal, Slippers for Shelter.

On Friday 4 December, schools can support Slippers for Shelter in three simple steps:

  • Wear your slippers into school
  • Donate to Shelter
  • Take a 'Slipper selfie' to share on social media with #slippersforshelter

An ideal activity to get the whole school involved, Slippers for Shelter is open to all ages and abilities. Schools can choose between holding Slipper assemblies, Slipper-themed classes or Slipper hunts at playtime, and even a Slippers-only Christmas party. To make things easy for schools, they will be able to download fun resources including activity sheets and posters.

TV presenter Gok Wan, who will also be supporting Slippers for Shelter, said: “Just a little bit can go a long way towards helping the thousands of children in Britain who will be waking up homeless this Christmas. That’s why I’m putting my best foot forward and taking a slipper selfie, to support Slippers for Shelter.” 

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “Every child should have a place to call home – a safe and secure environment for them to play and learn, grow and thrive. The fact that over 100,000 children in Britain are facing homelessness this Christmas is a tragedy.

“Shelter’s advisers can make the difference between a family losing their home and keeping it, but we’re struggling to keep up with demand. We’re calling on schools across the country to take part in Slippers for Shelter, to help us provide support and advice to the thousands of families struggling to keep a roof over their heads this Christmas.”    

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