How it works

Put a taste of home on the menu this December, cook for your family and friends and raise funds for Shelter.

Recipe for Change is an opportunity to gather together, enjoy food and you'll learn more about the housing emergency.

Set up your fundraising page

Organise your event or activity and personalise your page with all the details.

We recommend hosting your event between 13 – 19 December, but you can take part any time that suits you.

It is free and open to everyone to take part, but please ask your parent or guardian for permission if you’re under 16.

Download the recipe stories and get cooking

Each recipe story has been created by someone who has experienced the devastating impact of the housing emergency. You’ll learn how to make a new dish, but also why it was important to them when they were fighting for a home. 

If you prefer, you can also make your own dish instead. But don’t forget to share these stories with your guests.

Invite your guests and ask for donations

Tell friends and family about your event and put a price for the plate.There are also lots of fundraising activities you can get involved in on the night in the guide here. Plus a whole page on how to make the event virtual!

All money donated onto your fundraising page will automatically be sent to Shelter. You can also raise funds offline and send them as a cheque or via a bank transfer. 

There is no minimum sponsorship, but it would be incredible if you can aim to raise £150. This will help us fight against housing injustice.

Spread the Word

Post your best pictures from the event on social media. Make sure you tag @ShelterUK @ShelterScotland and use the hashtag #Recipe4Change

More people could donate on your fundraising page even after the event. You could also get in touch with your local press for greater impact.

Ready to put a Taste of Home on the menu this December? Join Recipe for Change

Where the money goes 

The funds you raise will help us fight the housing emergency. 

We offer advice and support to all people facing housing issues or homelessness. Online, in person or over the phone, with our free emergency helpline.

We also work in communities to understand the UK’s housing problems, develop policies to solve them and demand action from the Government.

Learn more about what we do

Need more guidance or inspiration?

Download Fundraising Pack (PDF 1MB)

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