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Calais Needs: Items needed as of Monday 30th November

This week’s list of items needed in Calais by our amazing volunteers, updated Monday 30th November 2015.

The items at the top of the list are needed urgently.

  • Pre-made identical food parcels with a selection of easy to cook and non-perishable food e.g. tinned (pull tops) tuna/ lamb/ chicken/ beef, tinned (pull top) beans/ chickpeas/ lentils/tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar, salt, long life fruit juice, long life milk, coffee, tea, cooking oil, easy cook rice, spices – all in a bag, tied up, ready to be distributed directly. For further info please see this list.
  • Thick blankets and sleeping bags
  • Warm waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Tents (preferably 4 man or larger)

Other items that are also very much needed –

  • Tarpaulins – especially these from Tarpaulins Direct 3m x 6m and bigger ones in the same range, please
  • Sleeping mats
  • Firewood
  • Fire extinguishers (smaller, kitchen size – powder or foam)
  • Wind up/ solar torches and lanterns
  • Men’s waterproof walking boots high ankle and trainers – especially sizes 42 and 43
  • Women’s boots/ shoes up to size 39. No heels!
  • Warm, waterproof winter jackets
  • Socks
  • Underwear (men’s, women’s, and children’s)
  • Goody bags of hats, gloves and scarves
  • Men’s jogging bottoms or jeans (esp black) size 28-36
  • Flat pack cardboard boxes (size 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48)
  • BUILDERS
  • Building Materials – including wood, nails, rope and tools. If you are taking any building materials or have building skills you’d like to put to good use please email: calaisbuild@gmail.com
  • Pallets

HOW TO ORGANISE GOODS

Try to concentrate on one or two items as a large amount of one item is much quicker and easier to distribute than a mixed load of many items.

It is very important that goods are clean, pre-sorted and clearly labelled e.g. a box of walking boots size 44, a bag of men’s jeans size 32, or pre-packaged food parcels.

If you want to be a real star then the best box sizes are 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48

HOW TO DONATE

To deliver aid to the warehouse and/or to arrange distribution in the camp with the support of experienced volunteers, please complete this form

If you have any questions, please email calaisdonations@gmail.com


CLICK AND DONATE FOR DELIVERY STRAIGHT TO CALAIS

The wonderful people at Leisure Fayre have made it super easy to get these urgently needed items directly to Calais. Calais urgently needs sleeping bags and blankets.

Go to LesiureFayre, click on the Help Refugees logo to get to our specially selected list of most needed items and make your selection. To get 20% discount and free delivery to Calais, use the login and password provided on the checkout page.

Many thanks to Leisure Fayre for being so kind!

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Final count down on Paloma’s outfit auction!

Paloma Faith by Gus Stewart

The auction for Paloma’s amazing LoveBox 2010 stage outfit ends on Thursday 3rd December at 12:00:57 – just over two days and 19 hours from now!

Paloma wore this beautiful green velvet dress with peacock sleeves while she performed her hits including New York, Stone Cold Sober and Upside Down… This is your chance to own a piece of music history!

All proceeds from the auction will go towards funding our work

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Paloma Faith’s Stage Outfit Rare Item Dress Worn Lovebox 2010

Auction ends Thursday 3rd December at 12:00:57.

Click here to place your bid!

You can view more images on the eBay site as well.

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We have made it really easy for you to Help Refugees this Black Friday!

This #BlackFriday instead of buying tons of stuff you don’t need why not buy one thing for someone who has nothing?? 

The wonderful people at Leisure Fayre have made it super easy to get these urgently needed items directly to Calais. Calais urgently needs sleeping bags and blankets, as well as lanterns and torches so people aren’t forced to use candles for light.

Go to LesiureFayre, click on the Help Refugees logo to get to our specially selected list of most needed items and make your selection. To get 20% discount and free delivery to Calais, use the login and password provided on the checkout page.

Many thanks to Leisure Fayre for being so kind!

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These children are playing in the Jungle at Calais. Their families have risked their lives so that they could have the chance of a better future away from terror and their war torn countries. This #blackfriday, why not donate a sleeping bag or tent? You will be making such a difference to their lives by giving a seemingly everyday item like a sleeping bag, a wind up lantern or a waterproof jacket. Help us help by going to leisurefayre.com and clicking on the Help Refugees banner to send some of our most urgent items needed.

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We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Please click through on these links if you would like to find out more about our work or make a donation.  Thank you!

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Update from Philli on the building projects in Calais

November has been our busiest month for construction here in Calais. We have a fully functioning workshop at our warehouse where our volunteers (some skilled joiners and set builders, some keen DIYers) build both timber frames for our self-build project and full, solid walled structures as well.

The self-build project is a vital element to our shelter building plans: we provide groups of refugees with a full ‘kit’ in order to build their own home. In this kit they receive: pre-prepared side frames, timber, pallets, plastic (for the walls), insulation material, nails and a hammer and saw. Our self-build team spend the day driving between the workshop (to collect materials) and the camp (to distribute them to residents). The team keeps a running list of people who request materials to build their own shelters. They also work closely with community leaders within the camp. We distribute between 15 and 40 of these shelters a day.

The pre-fabricated build project involves us preparing the the solid-walls, floor and ceilings of the structures in our workshop and then transporting these to the camp, for quick assembly by a team of volunteers. We keep a running list of families, women and other vulnerable people to ensure that these go to the people who need them most, and those who are in most cases, less capable of building for themselves. That said, we rely on help from the residents in the camp who lend lots of hands throughout the build process. Often, the heavy elements of the shelters have to be carried some distance from the drop-off points to the spots where they will be built. One of the most important things about this process is that we build for / with people
in the locations where they want to live. We do not choose locations with the best access or the most level terrain. We believe that, in the already incredibly challenging circumstances that the people are obliged to live in, in the camp, they must have the power to at least choose where they want to live, within a community where they feel most comfortable. We build and between 2 and 6 of these solid shelters per day, depending on how many volunteers we have, and are now joining forces with Medecins Sans Frontieres, who will be producing an additional 6 solid shelters per day, in their Calais workshop. They are delivering the elements to our teams of volunteer builders in camp.

 

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As is probably evident from this overview of how our building project runs (and remembering we are the only organisation on the ground in Calais doing anything like this), we rely enormously on volunteers who come to work with us. We particularly need people who have some carpentry / joinery skills, this directly results in more shelters built – skilled builders and carpenters interested in volunteering should email Calaisbuild@gmail.com.

The other thing we need is a very large supply of materials, in order to keep production levels high and this has become very expensive. As a couple of examples, we use over 100kilos of 110mm nails a week and at least 120 pallets a day for the self-builds. There are also certain materials like high quality tarpaulin (must be woven and marquee thickness in order to withstand the elements.) and reasonably priced insulation (we have found that carpet underlay works really well) which are difficult to find in France.

Because we have had the only workshop dedicated to supporting the camp, purchase large volumes of materials and produce such high volumes of shelters, independent people and projects in the camp also rely on our resources. We supplied the information centre (info for refugees) with materials for their structure, we also built the distribution centres which service the camp, as well as a refugee-run school and health centre, to name a few.

 

Images: Volunteers working in Calais by Tanya @ Help Refugees. 


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Please click through on these links if you would like to find out more about our work or make a donation. Thank you!

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Skipchen have arrived in Lesbos to help feed refugees – funded by you!

Skipchen have put together this short video of their arrival in Lesbos. We are very proud to be supporting them and their work – something we wouldn’t be able to do without your donations!


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Please click through on these links if you would like to find out more about our work or make a donation. Thank you!

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Help Refugees fundraising gig – everything that happened!

For those of you who weren’t able to join us on Sunday night for our fundraising gig – and for those of you who were there and would like re-live it all! – we have put together the following. Enjoy!


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Please click through on these links if you would like to find out more about our work or make a donation. Thank you!

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NME: Help Refugees fundraising gig review

NME have shared this lovely review of our amazing fundraising gig –

Kate Tempest, Peace And Paloma Faith Air New Songs At Help Refugees Charity Gig – Live Review

It’s just over a week since Islamic State extremists brutally slaughtered 130 people in the Paris attacks, 89 of whom were gunned down at an Eagles Of Death Metal gig at Le Bataclan concert hall. In the grand tradition of the music world uniting to raise funds and awareness, tonight’s show is being held in aid of the refugees who were turfed out of war torn Syria, but there’s no escaping last week’s events in the French capital. Tonight’s performers are from different genres, but all express sadness for those attacks and hope for the future.

Please click here to read the rest!


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Please click through on these links if you would like to find out more about our work or make a donation. Thank you!

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BBC report on Skipchen’s mission to Lesbos to set up a field kitchen – funded by Help Refugees

BBC Bristol has this report on the lovely Skipchen volunteers heading to Lesbos to set up a field kitchen –

Bristol volunteers to set up Greek island kitchen to help feed refugees

A group of anti-food waste campaigners are travelling to a Greek Island to help cook hot meals for refugees heading for Europe.

The Skipchen volunteers have been funded by the Help Refugees group to build a field kitchen in Lesbos.

They picked up an old police van, nicknamed Iffy, and are travelling by road visiting the Calais migrant camp en-route to Greece.

Previously they ran a pop-up cafe in Bristol using unwanted food.

Please click here to read the rest of the article.


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Please click through on these links if you would like to find out more about our work or make a donation. Thank you!

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Calais Needs: Items needed as of Monday 23rd November

This week’s list of items needed in Calais by our amazing volunteers, updated Monday 23rd November 2015.

The items at the top of the list are needed urgently.

  • Pre-made identical food parcels with a selection of easy to cook and non-perishable food e.g. tinned (pull tops) tuna/ lamb/ chicken/ beef, tinned (pull top) beans/ chickpeas/ lentils/tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar, salt, long life fruit juice, long life milk, coffee, tea, cooking oil, easy cook rice, spices – all in a bag, tied up, ready to be distributed directly. For further info please see this list.
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tents (preferably 4 man or larger)

Other items that are also very much needed –

  • Tarpaulins – especially these from Tarpaulins Direct 3m x 6m and bigger ones in the same range, please
  • Sleeping mats
  • Firewood
  • Fire extinguishers (smaller, kitchen size – powder or foam)
  • Wind up/ solar torches and lanterns
  • Men’s waterproof walking boots high ankle and trainers – especially sizes 42 and 43
  • Women’s boots/ shoes up to size 39. No heels!
  • Warm, waterproof winter jackets
  • Socks
  • Underwear (men’s, women’s, and children’s)
  • Goody bags of hats, gloves and scarves
  • Men’s jogging bottoms or jeans (esp black) size 28-36
  • Flat pack cardboard boxes (size 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48)
  • Building Materials – including wood, nails, rope and tools. If you are taking any building materials or have building skills you’d like to put to good use please email: calaisbuild@gmail.com
  • Pallets

HOW TO ORGANISE GOODS

Try to concentrate on one or two items as a large amount of one item is much quicker and easier to distribute than a mixed load of many items.

It is very important that goods are clean, pre-sorted and clearly labelled e.g. a box of walking boots size 44, a bag of men’s jeans size 32, or pre-packaged food parcels.

If you want to be a real star then the best box sizes are 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48

HOW TO DONATE

To deliver aid to the warehouse and/or to arrange distribution in the camp with the support of experienced volunteers, please complete this form

If you have any questions, please email calaisdonations@gmail.com


CLICK AND DONATE FOR DELIVERY STRAIGHT TO CALAIS

The wonderful people at Leisure Fayre have made it super easy to get these urgently needed items directly to Calais. Calais urgently needs sleeping bags and blankets.

Go to LesiureFayre, click on the Help Refugees logo to get to our specially selected list of most needed items and make your selection. To get 20% discount and free delivery to Calais, use the login and password provided on the checkout page.

Many thanks to Leisure Fayre for being so kind!

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To donate £5 to Help Refugees text REFU to 70700

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It has never been easier for you to donate to Help Refugees. We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Please click through on these links if you would like to find out more about our work or make a donation. Thank you!

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