What We Do

What We Do


Dynamic Targeted Support

Because we’re small, we’re able to be dynamic and change our priorities according to the greatest need.

In the Jungle we supported other organisations on the ground, collecting and distributing donations, providing clothes, food and shelter for unaccompanied children and families.

The Jungle may be gone, but across Europe many vulnerable children and families still need our help. We continue to do all we can to support other organisations working on the front line by organising and fundraising on their behalf and spreading a message of community and solidarity with refugees along the way.


Paris, Brussels… and yes, still Calais & Dunkirk

We are regularly organising the packing and despatch of first-neccessity bags to refugees in Northern France

The one below is with Matthew Wright and Tariq at the Care4Calais Warehouse


We are actively involved in sending supplies to refugees in Northern Europe

Like minded groups pulling together to try and sort much needed aid to Paris, Brussels,Calais and surrounding areas

SBS working alongside PRGS, Herts for Refugees , Jungle Canopy, CamCRAG… so pleased to be working with you all.



below is an Account from Rachel Mantell of what the situation is like there

centre-humanitaireThere is an official government camp in North Paris. It looks like one of those blow up 80s municipal swimming pools where you had to go through an airlock to get in. That’s the reception- behind that is a big warehouse building that has been adapted to form a camp.

Dave King (jungle Canopy) : I was taken on a tour of this facility by the Director. It’s not a “camp” as we know it; it’s a processing engine. Refugees are allowed in for 10 days. Conditions are very good indeed. They’re given access to medical services and legal advice…and THEY ARE FINGERPRINTED. If they are found to be “Dublin” (i.e. previously given fingers in another country) they are immediately deported there. On Day Four, they are asked if they wish to apply for asylum in France. On Day Nine, they are asked again. If they agree, they are shipped off into the CAO process. If they decline to apply, on Day 10 they are kicked out. There is no second chance; they are not allowed to return.

Refugees can go to the camp and be warm, dry and fed; but are only supposed to stay a few days and then move on to CAOs as asylum claims are processed. But as we all know from Calais it’s not that simple.

parisMany refugees don’t want asylum in France, don’t trust buses into the unknown or are just scared and unsure of their rights. These refugees sleep on the streets in Paris or in new tent cities springing up on the outskirts. The cycle of these camps being set up and destroyed continues to play out (violently): tolerated for a time and then are cleared- with refugees usually not allowed to collect possessions or shelters (one of the reasons bivvy bags are so important).

paris2The camp lets in around 40 people a day but it is almost completely arbitrary. There can be long queues, and refugees sometimes wait from the very early hours for access, and are turned away. Utopia56 (yes the ones from Dunkirk) work in and around the camp to help refugees there  and need volunteers.

Refugees who don’t make it into or who don’t want to go to the centre are sleeping rough in the streets but are constantly harassed and moved on by the police. They have shelter and blankets stolen, shoes taken, phones smashed (sound familiar?)

The groups helping have to be very careful as much of the support is verging on illegal under emergency powers; plus Paris is incredibly expensive so they have not been able to set up infrastructure, accommodate volunteers etc. Some are locals who have supported for a long time, some sleep in the vans they use to transport donations round the city.

So what help is happening and how can you help?

Do Get in touch with us and look at our Amazon wishlist and our donations list

And finally – If you can support yourself in Paris (there is not the volunteer infrastructure of Calais) there is lots to do for Utopia56 or in the PRGS store room. Contact them:

PRGS Facebook or by email: prgsteam2016@gmail.com

Utopia56

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Fundraising and Events

We fundraise through a variety of events and projects. Donated funds are carefully invested in essential humanitarian supplies or passed-on to support other organisations. You can help us fundraise or just donate some cash. And if you can, please also come along to one of our events and meet the team.

Next Fundraisers: Our Christmas crowdfunding and Christmas Showcase


Collecting and delivering donations

We work out what’s most in need, find it and deliver it to other agencies on the ground or directly into the hands of those who need it. You can find out what’s most urgently needed on our What we need page or use our Amazon gift shopping list.


The Phones project

We have delivered dozens and dozens of new and used mobile phones to refugees in desperate need of this so much needed life line to their loved ones.

“I wanted to do this (donate a phone) because I want to make sure children are safe and that if they need anything, they have someone to talk to.”

Phoebe 11 years old.


Prior to October 2016 and the demolition of the Calais "Jungle", most of our work was obviously to respond to the need inside the camp itself. Below are some reminders of our work there.

The Sunshine Restaurant

In the Autumn 2016, we completely refurbished a restaurant for the Eritrean community in the “Jungle”.

Caravans

Our caravans were beautiful and essential. We fundraised to send over 30 to the Calais camp before it was destroyed. They provided a much-needed home and safe haven to families and unaccompanied minors. We thank everyone who helped us make this happen.