We’re proud to work with Shelter, the leading charity tackling poor housing and homelessness, to improve the lives of thousands of people through practical DIY and home improvement help, and funding of frontline services.
If you’ve ever taken on a project in your own home, you’ll know that home improvement makes a big difference. It can transform somewhere you simply live, into your home.
Our work with Shelter funds a team of specialist DIY Skills Advisers across the UK who provide practical home improvement help to people settling into a new property following a period of homelessness, as well as helping people at risk of homelessness to stay in their current home. This can include basic home improvement skills such as how to put up blinds, paint walls, as well as fitting locks. Funds raised by B&Q also support Shelter’s frontline advice and support services.
As the UK’s leading home improvement retailer, we are delighted to support this important initiative as part of our commitment to making home improvement accessible for everyone.
£1 million raised
Thanks to our colleagues and customers we have raised over £1 million for Shelter and their partner charities. This has enabled the B&Q funded DIY Skills Advisers to help over 700 families and individuals by teaching them home improvement skills that assist with maintaining, redecorating and making their homes safe. We’re also providing funding for Shelter’s frontline advice services. The money we have donated could pay for 69,100 calls to the Shelter helpline, providing housing support and advice to those in urgent need.
How to get involved
There are many ways that you can get involved and help us support Shelter. We hold quarterly fundraising events in store and initiatives like our timber offcut boxes are in place year-round.
An idea that started in B&Q Oldham, timber offcut boxes are now in place in the majority of our stores. For a donation to Shelter, you can help yourself to offcuts of wood, helping to reduce waste whilst supporting a great cause.
To find out more about Shelter’s work, visit their website www.shelter.org.uk.
We work with Shelter in England, Wales and Scotland and with its partner charities - Focus Ireland in ROI and Housing Rights in Northern Ireland.