Flavia reports on her second CamCRAG volunteer convoy to Calais in November.
On my second convoy to Calais with CamCRAG I helped in the Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK) alongside other volunteers from Cambridge. Guided by RCK’s long term volunteers, we produced two months’ worth of chilli oil, used during RCK’s food distributions to allow people to spice their food to their own personal taste. We then sorted bags of rice, separating the prized basmati from other types, before helping unpack and organise other essential items like toothpaste.
On the Sunday I sorted and measured trousers for Collective Aid (another organisation operating in the warehouse). It was profoundly gratifying to witness the impact that a coordinated effort by CamCRAG volunteers could have on alleviating the workload of the long term volunteers in Calais.
I met an amazing group of like-minded people on the convoys, all with the collective aspiration to give their support and contribution towards the groups in Calais. I strongly encourage anyone who is considered getting involved to do so, even in the absence of knowing anyone else on the convoy: You will meet a remarkable collective of welcoming individuals, and will spend the weekend having a tangible and meaningful impact on the situation.