Portsmouth Calais Refugee Aid

Update posted by Frances Vigay On Dec 10, 2015

We've just returned from four days working in Calais. Eleven of us split into various working areas, some building shelters and doing repairs on 'homes' in the camp, others working in the warehouses of both L'Auberge and Care4Calais, sorting food parcels, toiletry packs, clothes, shoes, socks, hats etc for distribution into the camp. We assisted with distributions. Members of our group also went into the camp to teach English and also to work with the medics, mainly administering cough and cold medicines and dealing with first aid issues for the constant queue of people coming to the medic caravan for attention. We also dropped off all our donations between the two warehouses and gave the remainder of our donated cash to Care4Calais who are doing such excellent work with sorting and getting donations quickly out into the camp. As of today we have £8 left in the bank, which is great, as we have been able to contribute and donate such a great deal (whilst also being such a tiny drop in the ocean!) all thanks to the generous donations of so many caring people. Thank you so much!

We plan to return as a working group to Calais in March. Nearer the time we will list the current lists for items needed which we will take with us.

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Update posted by Frances Vigay On Sep 16, 2015

As the situation on the ground in the jungle at Calais is regularly changing, we need to be flexible and adapt to current needs and requirements. Right now, the jungle is in desperate need of volunteers to help with distributing donated items. They also need shelters urgently, now that Winter is coming. There is also a big clean-up of the camp which is being organised from 26th Sept, so waste and litter picking tools/equipment are also useful and we would be very happy to take them. We are still taking all the very helpful items that have been donated to us and have arranged a drop-off with a local organisation in Calais, who will distribute them in the most beneficial way. However for this trip we are now not adding anything else that is not on the list in the picture above. Shelter building tools and materials are particularly helpful. Financial donations will help us to get items there and also help to buy food and building materials locally. We will also work wherever needed whilst we're there. On this trip, there are six of us taking a van and two cars. Thanks for your support!

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Update posted by Frances Vigay On Sep 14, 2015

There are now six of us travelling from Portsmouth on October 3rd, taking a van and 2 cars which means we can take a lot of aid items. We're still collecting the following - blankets, sleeping bags, tents, men's trainers/boots, warm men's coats, toiletries. Please pre-check all items are clean, complete and in good condition. It would also really help us if items are sorted, bagged and labelled before we receive them. Thanks! Donations can be dropped into Wild Thyme Wholefoods at 102 Palmerston Rd, Southsea, PO5 3PT, 7 days a week or else message to make other arrangements.

We will be staying for a couple of days so that we can contribute to work within the camp, wherever it's needed. This may involve helping sort and distribute donations or helping with waste on site. We'll also do local food runs to buy food locally for the people in the jungle.

Thanks again for your support!

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Update posted by Frances Vigay On Aug 30, 2015

We have returned from our first trip delivering a mixed load of clothing, blankets, toiletries, food, kitchen equipment, sleeping bags, tents etc. Thanks so much to everyone who has donated allowing these trips to be made.

From the clearly stated requirements of the refugees who we met, the next trip will primarily focus on taking, sleeping bags, blankets, trainers and tents with any additional items that will fit into the spaces. Almost everyone was asking us for shoes (trainer type) mainly men's sizes. I will certainly be taking as many shoes as I can fit in. Good warm men's clothes, especially jackets will also be welcomed. Women's sanitary products are currently no longer needed.

Whilst there we will do a couple of runs to fill the car (or van if we have one) with food bought locally and take back to the camp, so we do not intend to prioritise taking food with us.

Please get in touch if you have anything to offer, can offer storage space, or have a vehicle and would like to join us. We will be travelling on October 3rd and intend to stay a couple of nights so that we can work in the camp for a couple of days wherever is most needed.

Thanks again for your support.

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