Volunteers needed at the Calais woodyard!

The Calais woodyard are looking for a core team of six people to keep the woodyard running, and volunteers to help chop, prepare and distribute wood to refugees and displaced people in the region.

Wood is used to cook, dry clothes, heat water to wash and to keep people warm during the winter when temperatures can drop to below -5°C in northern France. Between November 2018 and April 2019, the woodyard distributed 266 tonnes of firewood to communities of displaced people around Calais. This autumn and winter, they need help to continue providing this vital service.

Woodyard Co-ordinator

The team are looking for coordinators to assist in the daily running of the woodyard. Organisation of the woodyard will start in October and will be fully functioning by November. Coordinators will assist with the setting up and running of the yard, including planning rotas, training new volunteers, leading distributions, preparing wood for distribution and working alongside other associations.

As a small team, flexibility and willingness to learn is key. All training will be provided and tailored to roles undertaken by the coordinator. 

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Minimum time: 1 month
  • Accommodation: €240 (+ €75 returnable deposit) for 1 month. Other arrangements can be discussed if staying for over 1 month
  • Other costs: Living expenses (1 meal a day provided at the warehouse by Refugee Community Kitchen), transport costs to warehouse (some transport costs will be covered through the use of work vehicles)

If you’d like find out more or apply for this role, contact calaiswoodyard18@gmail.com.

Woodyard Volunteers

The team are also looking for volunteers to work in the woodyard. Organisation of the woodyard will start in October and will be fully functioning by November. Volunteers will assist with the setting up and running of the yard including; distributions, preparing wood for distribution, working alongside other associations.

As a small team, flexibility and willingness to learn is key. All training will be provided and tailored to roles undertaken by the volunteer.

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Minimum time: 1 month
  • Accommodation: €240 (+ €75 returnable deposit) for 1 month. Other arrangements can be made if staying for over 1 month
  • Other costs: Living expenses (1 meal a day provided at the warehouse by Refugee Community Kitchen), transport costs to warehouse (some transport costs will be covered through the use of work vehicles)

If you’d like find out more or apply for this role, contact calaiswoodyard18@gmail.com.

Donate to the woodyard

If you aren’t able to volunteer but would still like to support the work of the woodyard, they currently need:

    • Gloves
    • Dust masks
    • Chop saw blades
    • Chop saw brushes
    • Grain sacks for bagging wood (these can be collected from breweries)
    • Net sacks for bagging wood (these can be found online)
    • Wood splitting axes
    • Financial donations to buy equipment and wood locally

If you think you might be able to help with any of these items, please get in touch at: calaiswoodyard18@gmail.com