Community Organisers

Bristol, London or Birmingham
£33,080 pa (London) or £28,589 pa (Bristol and Birmingham) plus excellent benefits
24 Jun 2019
14 Jul 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Do you want to use your skills as a Community Organiser to help fight the housing crisis? Then join Shelter as part of our new Community Organising programme and you could soon be playing your part in bringing about positive change that will genuinely transform millions of people’s lives.

Shelter exists to defend the right to a safe home for everyone. We strive for change, with individuals, in communities and across society. A home is a fundamental human need and a basic moral right, yet in Britain today, that right is being denied to millions of people whose lives are blighted by homelessness, bad conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. Six million households are denied the right to a safe home or are threatened with losing it. 4,750 people sleep on our streets on any given night. 90,000 households are stuck in unsuitable temporary accommodation. In short, it's a national emergency. But, we have a plan, a strategy for the future. Could you help us implement it?

Our ambitious ten-year strategy will see us stand up for the rights of renters, demand social rent homes for everyone who wants them, prevent people from becoming homeless and support people who are homeless back into a home. The expanding campaigns team has a key role at very heart of this, helping build both the plan and the national movement needed to make it a reality.

About the role

An amazing opportunity to work with communities facing housing injustice to tackle the housing crisis, you will be part of a new Community Organising programme at Shelter that will listen to and support communities to bring about change. One of four Organiser roles, you will be working with a team of Organisers and Campaigners across the UK to bring about a step change in our response to the housing crisis. Whether you are having 1:1 meetings, delivering training or building leadership you will be able to build on the existing approaches, skills and knowledge within Shelter in campaigning, advice or community networks to develop a programme that has real potential to add value to the housing movement.

About you

This is not an entry level role, so you will already have some experience in organising and/or campaigning. A committed individual who wants to make sure the voices of those most affected by the housing crisis are heard you will have strong relationship building skills and a keen understanding of strategy development and political influencing.

Ideally you will have some understanding of how large organisations or NGOs operate to be able to integrate Community Organising into these structures and ways of working to become more than the sum of our parts. And, while housing and homelessness experience is not a requirement, you must share our passion for campaigning for the rights of people affected by the UK housing crisis.


We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please click "Apply". Be part of our campaigns team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.