Find out everything you need to know about volunteering in northern France

Help Refugees runs the biggest aid operation in northern France alongside our partners L’Auberge des Migrants, Refugee Youth Service, Refugee Community Kitchen and Utopia56. Since summer 2015, thousands of volunteers have come and gone to help us do the work of a big NGO but with a fraction of the budget.

Despite the eviction of the Calais ‘Jungle’ in October 2016 and the Dunkirk burning down in April 2017, we are still supporting refugees who, after being let down by the French and British authorities, are arriving in Calais and sleeping rough. We are providing blankets, clothes and food to hundreds of refugees, predominantly unaccompanied minors, and currently need lots of enthusiastic short-term volunteers to help in our warehourse.

We are also supporting the work of Utopia 56 in the formal and informal camps in Paris. So, if you’re able to come down for a few days or perhaps a week or more, please fill in this form.

Calais volunteer FAQs

We answer all of your questions about volunteering in northern France with Help Refugees and L’Auberge des Migrants. More

Our work in Calais

Find out more about the kind of work you could be helping us with in Calais, from the warehouse to Refugee Youth Service. More

The Calais needs list

Find out which items are most needed in Calais so that you know what to bring when you come to volunteer. More