Our next convoy is 10 to 12 November – to sign up click here.
What’s the need?
While the Calais camp may have been dismantled, there are still hundreds of refugees living rough in the scrublands around the town, many of them children. Help Refugees, with their partner organisation L’Auberge des Migrants, still provides food and other aid, and CamCRAG is proud to support them by sending weekend convoys of donations and volunteers to their warehouse in Calais. The warehouse also provides aid to associations operating in Dunkirk, Paris and elsewhere in Europe.
What would I do?
There are numerous tasks that need doing in Calais, and no previous experience is required. Volunteers sort and pack donations, peel and prepare food, load and unload vans. No one is paid and there is a great team spirit – as well as an excellent lunch provided by Refugee Community Kitchen.
What’s it like?
Here’s what some volunteers from previous convoys have said:
“Be open minded, willing to help with whatever needs doing, take plenty of layers, be prepared that your experiences will change your perspectives on returning home!”
“Working alongside amazing people, who were giving up their time to help, was quite emotional and very very humbling. I don’t think ‘rollercoaster’ is a word that can be overused.”
“The moment you actually act, you are there to help, you give some tiny hope to the refugees and it is something that penetrates deep inside. It is like planting a seed for the future. So just do it.”
Filmmaker Luke Pierce volunteered on one of our convoys last year, this film follows his journey.
When do you go?
Convoys leave Cambridge on Friday evenings and return on Sunday evenings. We stay in the youth hostel in Calais and, having dropped off donations collected by CamCRAG over the previous weeks, work two full days in the warehouse. Our next convoy is 10 to 12 November – to sign up click here.
I’d love to but I’m not free at weekends!
We are considering running midweek convoys, possibly Tuesday to Thursday. If you would be interested in this please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’d love to but I can’t afford it!
We recognise that not everyone who would like to volunteer can afford to go to Calais. We therefore have a limited number of subsidised places, for which CamCRAG will pay accommodation, leaving just a fuel contribution and personal food to be paid by the volunteer. Applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of financial need (e.g. housing benefit or JSA). In the first instance please email email@example.com.
OK sign me up!