Rev Bruce Kenrick was an English social activist and Minister in the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. He is best known for writing "Come out the Wilderness" and as the founder of British housing organisation Shelter
Shelter is a UK charity that aims to combat bad housing and homelessness, offering help for struggling people in the form of expert advice, and legal support, as well as fundraising and campaiging with the local government and the media, in order to bring about change. Shelter’s ultimate dream is that nobody will need their help any more, because all housing problems will be solved.
Shelter is a not-for-profit organisation, and relies on the generous donations of the public as a significant source of income. Out of every pound that is donated, 79p is spent on helping people directly, and 21p is spent on fundraising initiatives.
A prominent social campaigner at the time, named Des Wilson, influenced by the messages in Cathy Come Home played a significant part in the formation of this revolutionary new charity.
Bruce Kendrick, born and bred in Liverpool, initially trained for a career in accountancy, but during the Second World War, became involved in the Gold Coast Defence Force as a medic. Following this, he began to pursue a career as a doctor. This brought him to St Andrews, where he began to study medicine. At university, he became involved with missionary work, which inspired him to give up medicine to study divinity instead!
Seeing the way things were run in Notting Hill greatly disturbed Kendrick to the point where he decided to do something about it. Over a long period of time, he set up the Notting Hill Housing Trust. This had a significant impact on the area, and kept the community from falling apart completely. This was a very difficult and challenging time for Kendrick and his associates, but Shelter grew up out of it, and started a great momentum in their campaigning efforts.
There are loads of ways you can help make a difference, and help Shelter do what they do best. There are Shelter charity shops across the country, as well as opportunities to take part in fundraising events, volunteering, and donating money.
To find out more about the work Shelter does, and see some real stories of lives they have helped to change for the better, head on over to https://england.shelter.org.uk/donate