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Socks 4 Syria!

Socks 4 Syria!

Nine million children, women and men have now fled their homes to escape the worsening violence in Syria. As part of ShelterBox’s appeal to provide shelter, educational packs for the children and other essential aid to more displaced Syrian families, we are inviting schools, youth groups, workplaces and clubs to take part in an exciting and unique event.

The idea is simple: Ask everyone to show their silly, odd or colourful socks for the day and bring in a donation. It’s a great way to bring people together whilst raising vitally needed funds.

Further information about the Socks 4 Syria appeal can be found on our ShelterBox website.

What is ShelterBox?

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. If there are families in need of emergency shelter, we will do everything we can to help them.

What is Young ShelterBox?

24 hours news, the internet and tv all mean that young people are more exposed than ever before to images of disasters.

"School age children may equate scenes from a scary movie with news footage and magnify the personal effect of news events.  Older children may wish to discuss the way children's lives can be affected and ways in which they can express their concern and support."  Anita Gurian, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU Child Study Centre

As an organisation that is constantly responding to disasters, we believe that we have a responsibilty to share what we are learning about the world with young people. The Young ShelterBox (YSB) programme of exploration and discovery gives young people a positive way to make a difference.

"I know that I'm not very old, but it doesn't mean that I can't help make a difference in someones life." Charlotte, age 14, Helston College

Challenges for Schools


Each exciting challenge features activities and a range of resources including film footage, original stories, fantastic pictures and much more. They're super easy to use and deliver national curriculum learning objectives through a cross-curricular approach. They're also great for ideas around Community Cohesion and Global Citizenship. Access Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 on the menu bar above.

Illustration Competition

Every year, we run a national illustration competition which sees primary schools bringing our disaster stories to life with their pictures.  The stories are written by local authors Claire White and Heather White.  The books tell tales of communities affected by earthquake, flood and tsunami and show that when people help each other, they can start to get back on their feet again.  

We are delighted to be working with well-loved author and illustrator Michael Foreman for the duration of the project.  Michael lends us a great deal of support, kindly donating his interpretation of the theme to the competition.  The children who win the competition get published in our disaster books and are invited to a special book launch event where they have the chance to take part in a unique illustration workshop with Michael.

All four titles from our disaster series are available from our online shop. 

Our next illustration competition for UK primary schools will run from February - July 2014 and will focus on the topic of 'typhoon.'  To keep informed, please get in touch.