The need for donations of aid in Calais is greater than ever. So, although we are all locked down again and can’t hold public donations drop days at the moment, volunteers have agreed to act as local donation collection points.
From the beginning of February, you can email our donations team at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be given the address of your nearest collection point. Our network covers the whole of Cambridge city and most of South Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, through our friends at Our World Collective. You should not have to travel far, even around the villages, to donate any tents, sleeping bags, toiletries or warm clothes.
Donations will then be transferred to the storage shed for processing. Any volunteers with experience of the way clothes are sorted in Calais will have the opportunity to book a slot through our volunteer coordinator to come to the shed, with anyone from their household bubble, and spend a few hours sorting donations into banana boxes. The shed is being re-fitted to make this simpler and to free up a large central sorting table. If we know you’re coming, we can lay in help-yourself coffee and biscuits.
Please spread the word in your local community or workplace.
For guidance on what to donate, see the Donating page.
At the moment, we have collection hubs in the following locations:
- Orchard Park, Cambridge
- Hurst Park Avenue area, Cambridge CB4
- East Chesterton, Cambridge CB4
- West Chesterton, Cambridge CB4
- Blinco Grove area, Cambridge CB1
- Newnham, Cambridge
- Long Road area, Cambridge CB2
- Cherry Hinton
In the villages:
- St Ives
- Bar Hill