Volunteer in Calais
As you may have seen in the news, the Calais ‘Jungle’ was recently evacuated and demolished. The demolition of the camp was messy and poorly executed, with many unaccompanied children children being put in unnecessary danger. Some, but far from all have been relocated to the UK, with many running back to Calais to seek a means to come to Britain. As such many charities are still operating in Northern France and are in desperate need of volunteers. Thus it is still of vital importance to help refugees and asylum seekers in the Northern France region by volunteering with organisations on the ground.
Volunteers are still sorely needed in Calais. Volunteering is richly rewarding and also very enjoyable. It includes sorting and distributing donations, working in the food kitchen and building shelters.
- If you have not volunteered in Calais before, you will need to fill out a New Volunteer Registration Form.
- If you’ve volunteered already and would like to do so again, use this form to let them know when you will be there from.
www.calaidipedia.co.uk is the place to go to find out about the current situation in Calais and to answer any questions you have regarding volunteering there. Join the facebook group to get further updates and to speak to others volunteering.
Care4Calais run several operations in Northern France. They need volunteers to help find homeless refugees and asylum seekers, help cook and run the children’s centre, visit accommodation centres, visit those in detention and to sort and organise their warehouse.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions from Calaidipedia.
Any questions that aren’t answered above, email [email protected].
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Volunteer in Dunkirk
Following a request from the Mayor of Dunkirk, Médecins Sans Frontieres have built a new camp for refugees in Dunkirk that adheres to international humanitarian standards. Residents of the new Grand-Synthe camp however are entirely dependent on the support of volunteer organisations.
Volunteers are urgently needed in the camp to ensure that the aid available for the new camp is accessible to its residents.
Utopia 56 is the key volunteer organisation that coordinates volunteering in the camp. Volunteering in Dunkirk covers a range of tasks which change on a daily basis and you will need to be adaptable.
Utopia56 provide volunteers with cheap and shared accommodation whether in a mobile home, at a local’s house or in a dorm, for €5 a day. Register to volunteer with them here.