How it works

Recipe for Change is an opportunity to gather together, in real life or virtually, enjoy food and learn more about the housing emergency.

Set up your fundraising page

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

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

Check out our recipe stories, written by those with lived experience, to inspire the taste buds and share the realities of the housing emergency.

Pick a date and host a Recipe for Change gathering to share food with family & friends, in real life or virtually. Even easier if you already have plans to host this December.

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

Raise funds by asking guests to donate to attend (why not contribute the amount you’d spend on a meal out?) and play fundraising games at your gathering – see a guide here for ideas and tips.

For a virtual version, why not deliver portions of your favourite dish to neighbours for a donation. Or your friends can donate to download the recipe stories themselves, and then cook & eat together online.

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)

You can also get in touch at community@shelter.org.uk