CamCRAG is a registered charity who organise regular weekend volunteer convoys from Cambridge to Calais. We also collect donations and funds to help refugees in Europe and beyond.
CamCRAG is a registered charity who organise regular weekend volunteer convoys from Cambridge to Calais. We also collect donations and funds to help refugees in Europe and beyond.
october convoy group

October convoy great success

Thanks to all the volunteers who came on our October volunteer convoy to Calais. We achieved a great deal over the two days, and some of our more intrepid volunteers even took a sunset swim in the channel after a hard day’s work.

October’s convoy saw a return to pre-pandemic volunteering with 17 people heading for the Channel. Restrictions for UK travellers have eased a lot but a Covid passport is still required in all restaurants and bars as well as a lateral flow test on return.

As the kitchen would not be open for another few weeks, we spent our time clearing, cleaning and mending at Point P in preparation for the move back to the Auberge. This follows Choose Love’s announcement that they will no longer fund most NGOs in Calais, leaving Collective Aid and others to tighten belts, give up their own warehouse, and look for funding elsewhere.

A small CamCRAG team went to the Woodyard to break pallets and brought back several chainsaws to mend.

Four enthusiastic ‘polar bears’ took the plunge into the Channel at the beach on Saturday evening and claimed it was fabulous, despite temperatures in the low teens, and whilst there, we had our first encounter with the Calais dragon in action, rolling around the streets, breathing fire and snorting water.

A weekend in Calais can be fun but help is very much needed. The largest camp near the hospital has been recently cleared and fenced off. Long-term volunteer numbers remain low, while migrant numbers remain the same, between 1500 and 2000, and still there is no humane solution to the problem and all official resources are poured into violent deterrence. 

Find out more about our weekend volunteer convoys and how to apply to join the next one at camcrag.org.uk/convoys

sorting shoes on our october convoy
Sorting shoes in the warehouse on our October convoy