In early October, 2015, various charities and grassroots organisations on the ground in Calais decided to work together to coordinate the many volunteers wanting to travel to Calais to help; and the huge amount of aid being delivered.
The flowchart below describes the processes agreed by "The L'Auberge Cooperative".
The French authorities have announced plans to evict the camp residents and to demolish the camp by 31st October. The organisations on the ground are currently busy preparing dealing with the consequences of the announcement and planning how best to support those affected.
At present, a continuous supply of both aid and volunteers continues to be vital in ensuring that residents are warm and sheltered and have sufficient to eat.
Once the demolition takes place, many volunteers believe that aid will still be needed because:
- New people are expected to continue arriving in Calais despite the demolition.
- Many of those displaced are likely to stay in the area in small camps - created wherever they can find a location
- The Dunkirk camp will remain and at present the warehouses in Calais supply food, clothing etc to the residents there.
So, the warehouses will still be required, which means volunteers will continue to be needed to sort the aid as it arrives. Those with vehicles capable of carrying aid and/or volunteers may well prove extremely useful in ensuring aid can be taken out to the refugees wherever they may be camped.
If you are interested in volunteering, please be prepared to be flexible and be aware that volunteer tasks could be very different post eviction to those undertaken hitherto.
The Donations Coordinator For The L'Auberge Cooperative tackles the admin after a long day in the warehouse and camp so be patient and please try and give a week's notice when you email with details of any donations you wish to drop off (email@example.com).
When you email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to express an interest in general volunteering with the L'Auberge Cooperative for the first time, or to inform them that you intend to make a return visit, you are sent a link to a form. If you prefer to go direct to the form, please use the links below.