Part of the action

When disaster strikes, ShelterBox Response Teams play a crucial role in helping vulnerable families recover.

Following a disaster or conflict, our Response Team Volunteers leave their own families to travel around the world and deliver shelter, tools and other essential items to the families who need them most.

The conditions can be very challenging. It can be physically and mentally demanding. Becoming a response team member is a huge responsibility, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.

Applications are now closed, but please keep an eye out for when the window opens again.

What we do

When a disaster strikes, our Response Team drop everything at a moment’s notice to deliver aid to families around the world.

But how do we do this? What happens behind the scenes to make sure we’re ready when a disaster happens?

In this video our volunteers answer that question. It’s not an easy job, but we’ll do whatever it takes to help the people who need us the most.

It’s not for the faint-hearted, but it’s well worth it

Meet some of our response team members


ShelterBox volunteer sanchia

Sanchia Gallagher

Sanchia became a ShelterBox Response Team Volunteer in 2011 following a trip to Haiti where she was volunteering with a different organisation after the 2010 earthquake.

Meet Sanchia

ShelterBox volunteer Richard

Richard Loat

Canadian born Richard first became a ShelterBox Response Team Volunteer as a teenager.

Meet Richard


ShelterBox volunteer Pete

Pete Leach

Cornish born and bred, Pete has now been a ShelterBox Response Team Volunteer for ten years.

Meet Pete

ShelterBox volunteer Liz

Liz Odell

Liz has been a part of ShelterBox since 2008 when she began fundraising through her Rotary club in Nailsworth.

Meet Liz