Today’s post has a serious message.
90,000 children in Britain to face Christmas homeless, charity warns
Shelter launches urgent appeal after investigation uncovers the shocking realities faced by homeless families
Love Chic Living has joined with Shelter to help bring awareness to this campaign, and to let you know what you can do to help.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to be bringing some home interior related posts, hoping to inspire you into supporting this fabulous charity.
90,000 children in Britain – the equivalent of three children per school – will wake up homeless this Christmas, government figures show. That’s an alarming statistic isn’t it, and as a parent that really hits home for me.
An in depth investigation by Shelter uncovered that over half of the families said their children’s mental or emotional health had been affected, including reports of depression, panic attacks and wetting the bed. Shocking, and so incredibly sad.
Shelter Furniture Stores:
Last week I visited one of two Shelter Furniture stores located in Birmingham. Whilst they aren’t nationwide yet, if these shops are successful, the model will likely be rolled out across the country. It’s a big shop, and was satisfyingly busy, with a good range of stock.
There were some lovely pieces on display, arranged in room sets to really help showcase how you can use these preloved items in you home. Some would be perfect as they are, others may need a little care and attention.
I spotted this incredible Pine Welsh Dresser for just £150 and couldn’t help but visualise how it would look after some upcycling. It was in great condition, solid and all parts working, but was a little worn in places.
Can’t you see how fabulous it would look in a large kitchen/diner? Would it look good in your home perhaps?
If you need some help seeing how good it could look, why not take a look at these upcycled dressers I’ve found on Pinterest, just to show how striking and up to date it could be.
Now, if you think this kind of project looks complicated, it really isn’t. The main thing you’re going to need is time, and probably a little patience.
I would recommend Annie Sloan chalk paint, which is really easy to use, creates a wonderful finish, and covers easily. It requires minimal preparation (my kind of product!) and can be used straight from the container, or watered down for a different finish. It’s the ideal paint if you want to achieve more of a shabby chic look, which these dressers are perfect for. But, used straight from the tin, the paint will also achieve a smooth, contemporary look too.
Then think about how you want to style it. With our Shelter Furniture charity dresser, you might consider removing the glass doors to create an open shelving display area. You might think about painting the backing a different colour, or perhaps adding some wallpaper. Finally, you’ll want to change the knobs and this will really set the tone for the style you’re going for.
So, I do hope you can see how a charity piece like this can be transformed, and given a new lease of life in your home.
Donate your Unwanted Items:
If you have items they would like to donate, Shelter will collect from within the West Midlands area. All you need to do is call the stores on their local numbers –
Erdington: 0344 515 0795
West Bromwich: 0344 515 0793
With the number of homeless families on the rise, Shelter is bracing itself for a surge in demand for its already over-stretched advice services. The charity is calling on the public to help make sure it can be there for Britain’s homeless children this Christmas by donating to its urgent appeal.
You can also find out more about donating furniture on the Shelter website.
Please give and do what you can.
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