A unique learning experience for schools


Students will find out how aid items meet the needs of people affected by disaster.

Why bring a school group to ShelterBox?

  • A visit to ShelterBox develops understanding of basic concepts of home, shelter and need, as well as more thoughtful awareness of how the charity is part of a global community offering help and hope in times of natural disaster and population displacement.
  • Pupils find a visit to ShelterBox a very interactive, memorable and positive experience. We ask them to empathise with people caught up in a natural disaster and to imagine what life might be like in the first days and weeks. They take away a strong message of how the actions of volunteers and fundraisers from their own communities make a huge difference to families in desperate need.
  • We offer a high quality, stimulating learning environment and a chance to meet members of the ShelterBox team.
  • School visits are free. We believe there is more value in inspiring  young visitors to get involved in their community – so we ask visiting school groups to make a commitment to fundraising for ShelterBox.

We suggest you allow about 1 hour 15-30 minutes for your visit. Let us know if your visit is part of a particular curriculum topic or project, and we’ll try to create a focus that will connect with and extend your pupils’ prior learning. Coach drop off/collection is possible outside ShelterBox on Charles Street. Coaches can park at Truro coach park and minibuses in Moorfield car park.

Download a Group Visit Booking Form 2018 and return to [email protected]

Enjoy a full day out in Truro with Royal Cornwall Museum and ShelterBox

Why not bring your group for a full day out in Truro and combine your morning visit to ShelterBox with an afternoon at the Royal Cornwall Museum? At ShelterBox we have a space for groups to bring their pack lunch and the museum is a five minute walk away. You can find out more about the museum’s programme for education providers and learning groups here: www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/learning

 

Our education programme


Visitors can share the things special to them that they'd save in a disaster.
What do you really need if a disaster strikes?

Key Stage 1

Younger children really enjoy coming to the Visitor Centre and we suggest a slightly more guided experience for them.

  • Welcome: members of the Visitor Centre team explain what ShelterBox does, supported by a short video clip. In a group discussion activity, pupils will be asked to decide what matters to anyone faced with losing a home in a natural disaster. They get to guess the exact contents of a ShelterBox. They’ll also have an opportunity to add their own wish tag to the ShelterBox Wall.
  • Group Tour: our enthusiastic, friendly guides will take students around the Visitor Centre visiting the Box Packing Station and the tents and shelters. If you’re a large group (up to 30) we’ll divide you into two groups for this tour.
  • ShelterBox activities:  In small groups, each led by a member of school staff or parent helper, pupils have a go at packing a ShelterBox, and complete a carousel of guided activities designed to help them imagine living in a tent or shelter.  We have an activity checklist  for group leaders (available to download in advance) All tents can be entered and equipment touched.  Our guides are on hand to encourage and facilitate access to equipment.
  • Plenary: the group gather together to learn about our fund-raising heroes, watch another short video about the families helped by our response teams, and ask any questions.

 

Students will discover how we tailor every response to the culture, climate and communities effected.

Key Stages 2 and 3

  • Welcome: members of the Visitor Centre team explain what ShelterBox does, supported by a short video clip. In a group discussion activity, pupils will be asked to decide what matters to anyone faced with losing a home in a natural disaster. They get to guess the exact contents of a ShelterBox. They’ll also have an opportunity to add their own wish tag to the ShelterBox Wall.
  • Group Tour: our enthusiastic, friendly guides will take students around the Visitor Centre visiting the Box Packing Station and the tents and shelters. If you’re a large group (up to 30) we’ll divide you into two groups for this tour.
  • ShelterBox Visitor Centre Challenge:  worksheets and pencils are provided for small groups or pairs to complete. Pupils will enjoy exploring the exhibits independently to search for the answers. All tents can be entered and equipment touched.  Our guides are on hand to chat about the exhibits, facilitate access to equipment and help groups complete the challenges.
  • Plenary: the group gather together to learn about our fund-raising heroes, watch another short video about the families helped by our response teams and ask any questions.

Key Stage 4 and post-16 groups

We are keen to offer relevant curriculum enrichment as well as insight into career and volunteering opportunities within the charity sector for your students. Please get in touch or pop in to preview the Visitor Centre as a learning resource. We’d love to discuss how we could create a tailor-made experience for your group, from meeting an Operations Manager to participating in a ShelterBox simulation training exercise.