Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group was founded in 2015 by activists in and around Cambridge, with the aim of coordinating the logistics of sending donations and volunteers to help in Calais, as the infamous ‘jungle’ refugee camp there grew in size.
In November 2016 we became a registered charity (number 1170180), and we continue to organise regular weekend trips of volunteers and donations to the warehouse in Calais run by Help Refugees and L’Auberge des Migrants.
We also hold fundraisers and organise donation drop off days, as well raise awareness of the refugee situation in Europe. As a small and independent charity we are also able to provide funds quickly when there is an urgent need, and have supported various projects in France and Greece – see the projects page for examples.
All the money we raise goes towards providing aid or supporting our convoys: We have no employees, and are entirely run by volunteers.
We have several subgroups which run different parts of the charity:
- Donations: Drop off days and other donation collections, donation storage and sorting
- Convoys: Organises and runs regular convoys to Help Refugees’ warehouse in Calais
- Fundraising: Holds fundraising events and campaigns
- Volunteers: Recruitment and management of volunteers
- Members: Members liaison and events
- Communications: Website and social media, press, e-newsletter
From time to time we also organise one-off or continuing projects, which usually involve volunteers working together in their own team. For example, we have an ongoing Poncho Project to make ponchos for refugees in France and for sale in the UK.
As a charity we have a board of trustees to provide oversight, which appoints an executive committee to handle everyday management and decision making.
You can see the current list of trustees on our entry on the Charity Commission’s website.
Our members help direct the charity and vote for the trustees at the Annual General Meeting, last held in September 2017. Members are usually volunteers who have been involved with the charity for a few months or more, and want to help direct its management and future development.
To find out more about becoming a member visit our members page.
2017 Annual Report
The best way to keep up to date with what we’re doing is to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter (sometimes we may send two a month, but no more!). Sign up by clicking here.
The CamCRAG poncho project also maintains its own mailing list for anyone interested in our ongoing project to make ponchos for refugees in France and for sale in the UK – you can sign up by clicking here.
Want to get involved?
If you are interested in joining a convoy to Calais please go to the Convoys page where you will find all the information you need and a form to fill in.
If you would like to donate money please click the button on the right side of the website to visit our mydonate page – if you would prefer to arrange a bank transfer please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to donate clothes or other items please read our donations page, which will tell you what items we are currently collecting and where you can take them.
For current volunteering opportunities have a read of our volunteering page.
If you are a member of the media, or want to get in touch with us for any other reason, please email email@example.com