Convoys

 

The deadline for applying for October’s convoy has passed,
but applications are now open for November’s convoy.
Sign up by filling in this online form BEFORE WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER
2018 Convoy Dates
November 23 – 25
2019 Convoy Dates
January 18 – 20
March 1 – 3
April 26 – 28
June 14 – 16

What’s the need?

person by tentWhile 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 organisations L’Auberge des Migrants and Refugee Community Kitchen, 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?

June convoy volunteers group photoEstere went on her first convoy in June – follow this link to read her report.

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 in 2016, before the ‘Jungle’ camp was demolished: The film below 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 23 to 25 November – sign up by filling in this online form by Wednesday 7 November.

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 convoys@camcrag.org.uk.

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 convoys@camcrag.org.uk.

OK sign me up!

Great! Our next convoy is 23 to 25 November, you can sign up by filling in this online form by Wednesday 7 November. If you have any questions please email convoys@camcrag.org.uk.