Step into the world of disaster response

ShelterBox responds to natural disasters and conflict, providing shelter for families who've lost everything.

Solar lanterns are a vital part of the aid we can provide.

Discover our story at the ShelterBox Disaster Relief Visitor Centre – a ground breaking new visitor attraction in the heart of Truro where you’ll find out what it takes to respond to disasters around the world.

There’s lots to do for all ages and a visit is the perfect solution to a rainy Cornish day.

  • Try packing a ShelterBox – see if you can fit everything a family might need into our iconic green ShelterBoxes
  • Can your complete the Disaster Challenge with your family? Pick up a leaflet and hunt for clues around the visitor centre
  • Minecraft – can you build a tent or make a massive ShelterBox in Minecraft Creative?
  • Look out for family friendly activities during school holidays and half term.

What's on at ShelterBox

In October half term you can experience a virtual reality disaster scenario and challenge yourself to pack an emergency survival box.

Hope and Strength – 10 September to 24 November

Four leading photographers Olly Burn, Tom Stoddart, Veronique de Viguerie and Dougie Wallace have helped us to pay tribute to the incredible hope and strength of the people we meet. Visit the Hope & Strength webpage to find out more about this amazing exhibition which is coming to Truro this autumn.

Virtual Reality Challenge – October half term Find out more

Experience what it’s like to have to leave your home as disaster threatens. You’ll watch a short VR video then race against the clock to pack an emergency box from normal household items. Are you up to the challenge?

A day out with a difference

The Hope and Strength exhibition is open until 24 November 2018

Admission is free

You visit is free but please remember that every donation helps us fund vital disaster relief all over the world. You’ll leave with an understanding of the special hope and help that this very unique Cornish charity brings to families in need. Your support will make a difference to someone, giving them the shelter they need to start rebuilding their lives. Ask us about regular giving or make a donation to show your support for ShelterBox.

Education group visits

Term has started and ShelterBox is ready to welcome your class for an educational and eye-opening trip to the visitor centre. We have specific learning programmes for a variety of Key Stages and can accommodate Further Education groups too. Book a school or learning group to ShelterBox



Our Sponsors

The Aid Zone has been kindly sponsored by Alpinter

Our sponsors

Alpinter provide ShelterBox with a vast variety of items, from  family tents, blankets, kitchen sets to tarpaulins for Shelterkits.

The ShelterBox mission is to be able to assist the families hit by disasters as fast and efficiently as possible, with the best possible aid. This is how we can help.”