SFA’S NEW HOUSE DIRECTION!

Gruff Rhys helps launch a new awareness campaign for homeless organisation Shelter Cymru...

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS frontman GRUFF RHYS went back to school this morning (July 6) to launch a new awareness campaign for homeless organisation SHELTER CYMRU.

The singer joined 30 pupils in Year Nine at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen, a bilingual comprehensive in Pontypridd, to help the class of 13 and 14-year-olds discuss issues surrounding housing and homelessness.

The campaign is aimed at helping young people to make the right choices when leaving home. Gruff was joined by Welsh Assembly Minister Edwina Hart, Director of Shelter Cymru, John Puzey, and the organisation’s Education Development Officer Owen Llywelyn.

Mr Llywelyn told NME.COM: “Gruff was in class for almost an hour, getting involved with the lesson. He helped the children answer questions like ‘List five things you consider that make a home’ and how they felt about a homeless person they were shown a picture of.

“I knew Gruff has spoken about social issues before, and the band have done benefit gigs associated with homeless charities in the past, though this is the first time he has been directly involved like this. It was brilliant, the kids all know who Super Furry Animals are, and many of them asked for his autograph before he left at the end.”

For more information on the campaign, check the website www.housemate.org.uk.

Super Furry Animals release their new single ‘Juxtapozed With U’ on Monday (July 9).