HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
From bake sales to open mics to film screenings, there are loads of ways you can fundraise in your community to raise essential funds for grassroots groups. You can find ideas, materials and information about getting in touch through our fundraising pack.
All of our members rely on volunteers like you to support displaced people in Northern France. The best thing is to read more about each organisation and write directly to the one that fits you best.
Calais Food Collective provide food, water and cooking equipment in and around Calais. It is run as a flat hierarchy, and volunteers are encouraged to take on a variety of responsibilities. They are usually looking for volunteers who can stay 2 months or more but will accept shorter stays. Volunteers must be over 18. Apply by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram @calais_food_collective
Collective Aid organise regular non-food item distribution to people across Calais, including tents, sleeping bags and clothing, as well as emergency drops after evictions. They are usually looking for volunteers who can stay minimum 1 month. Volunteers must be over 18. Apply through this form. Instagram @collectiveaidorg
Project Play run daily play sessions for children living in informal living sites, safehouses, and day centres. Volunteers plan, prepare and run sessions. They are usually looking for a minimum stay 2 months or more. Volunteers must be 19 or over. Apply through this form. Instagram @projectplayfrance
Refugee Community Kitchen prepare and distribute 1000+ nutritious and culturally appropriate hot meals a day for people across Calais and Dunkirk - serving food with dignity. They have no minimum stay. Apply through this form. Instagram @refugeecommunitykitchen
Channel Info Project run information and phone-charging sessions. Providing the right to connection through WIFI, SIM cards and basic mobile phones. They are usually looking for volunteers who can stay 2 months or more. Apply through this form. Instagram @channelinfoproject
Refugee Women’s Centre work with women and families across Calais and Dunkirk, providing material distributions, running activities, and providing psycho-social support (including regarding SGBV, access to shelter and directing to legal or medical assistance). They look for volunteers for 2 months minimum with a working knowledge of French. Due to the nature of this work, RWC only accept women or non-binary people as volunteers. Apply through this form. Instagram @refugee_womens_centre
The Woodyard prepare and distribute firewood throughout the winter for warmth and opportunities to cook and dry clothes. They look for volunteers who can stay for a minimum of 3 weeks (November-May). Apply through this form. Instagram @calais_woodyard
Utopia 56 work with people providing emergency access to basic needs including clothes, tents, and referrals to public services. They usually require volunteers for a minimum of 2 months, and require a working knowledge of French. Apply through this form. Instagram @utopia56
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