SOS Tents

SOS tents logoThe SOS Tents project aims to keep the Help Refugees warehouse in Calais stocked with sufficient tents to ensure that the refugees in and around Calais can survive the coming winter.

There are around 1,000 refugees in the area between Calais and Dunkirk, 140 of whom are unaccompanied children, and the numbers are rising rapidly.

The refugees are supported with distributions of food, clothing, and tents by Help Refugees. However, the authorities are determined to create a ‘hostile environment’ for them, so the French riot police (the CRS) regularly perform clearances. These are becoming ever more brutal. The tactics include waiting until the refugees line up for food, and then destroying their tents, and contaminating their possessions with tear-gas.

One CRS officer recently ‘came out’ and described what they do:

You can help!
  • Buy a tent through the online Help Refugees ‘Choose Love’ shop at
  • Tell everyone you know that this is happening just 20 miles away over the channel. £45 million of our tax money is subsidising this.
  • Donate to, or become a member of, CamCRAG, or join us on a weekend convoy to Calais.
  • SOS Tent at Folk FestivalJoin our SOS Tents project that aims to produce tents from cheap, or waste, material. We need your ideas, and raw materials:
    • Tarpaulin, minimum size 3.6 m x 2.5 m
    • Garden bamboo, minimum length 1.5 m
    • Duct tape
    • Tent pegs
To get involved with SOS tents email

SOS Tents poster

Launch event

Sunday 24 June

As you can see from the video below, everyone had a great time at our launch event at the end of Refugee Week. Some innovative designs were explored and lessons learned.

We will be holding more design and build sessions in the summer and autumn – more info in the weeks ahead!

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