Refugee Aid Stroud now have a central bank account through which all financial donations will flow. We will then allocate funds to the various groups on the ground dealing directly with refugees, as well as purchasing necessary items ourselves, funding volunteers and anything else we can think of to help. All of the groups and associations we will fund are known to us – some we have worked with in northern France and Greece, some we have worked with here in the UK, and others are staffed by volunteers we know personally. So, all you generous people who would like to make a financial contribution or set up a monthly standing order please see our How you can help for details. Thank you
We have added a gallery of images to our site, beginning with photos from the Stroudies’ recent trips to Calais/Dunkirk. Please have a look…
A record seventeen Stroudies have been volunteering in Calais/Dunkirk over the past 10 days, bringing donations, funds and their useful selves. Working in the warehouses, helping with build projects, buying, prepping and cooking food, delivering aid to the Dunkirk camp (when the police and authorities allowed…), delivering a caravan, setting up art projects, distributing warm clothing & food parcels, taking part in the big clean ups, working with men, women and children in the camps…..alongside the many, many volunteers from all over Europe. All of us in solidarity with the refugees who face such uncertainty and insecurity after their long and arduous journeys.
Today there is a hearing in Lille, France to decide on the eviction order issued by the French authorities which could mean a huge part of the Jungle in Calais (including free food kitchens, schoolrooms, a library, youth centre, women & children’s centre, medical centre and more) being destroyed and thousands of people losing their homes. The charity helprefugees and other groups are appealing the decision and a judge visited the camp this morning to see things for herself before the hearing this afternoon. We are closely following the news today and hoping for a positive outcome. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page page for news.
We’re all a little tired after a busy time in France and our main priority today is focusing on the eviction news. However, we’ll be posting photos soon of the various activities of our Stroudies, upcoming fundraising events, our new bank account, new location for pop up shop (old one has closed, new one coming soon – thanks for all your support so far) and any other Refugee Aid Stroud news. Thank you all x
Both the public meeting last Thursday and the Jumble Sale on Sunday were very successful. Thanks to all who attended, helped, donated & bought loads of stuff. £751.57 was raised on Sunday and we’ll earn more from the leftover clothing at Cash4Clothes plus the local charity shops will benefit from the leftover books, toys and bric a brac, so well done everybody.
The meeting was well attended and it was lovely to see a lot of familiar faces all together in one place for a change! We discussed the achievements so far, our plans for the future, new storage, pop up shop, fundraising ideas, current appeals, the next trips to Calais, the possible involvement of local schools and the creation of a mailing list for members – if you would like to be included on the list, please email email@example.com with subject heading ‘add to mailing list’.
We have now moved out of the warehouse and have a new storage unit – much smaller but big enough to store items for trips to Calais. Please contact for drop off or collection, although be aware that collection is usually only possible from the Stroud District area, depending on the type and volume of items. If you are further afield, please arrange to drop off if you can or perhaps donate to a group closer to home if that’s possible. We are still collecting the following:
WALKING BOOTS – in good condition, adult sizes 4 through to 11, laces tied together and with a pair of NEW OR GOOD AS NEW socks tucked in them.
SLEEPING BAGS – the warmer the better, zip must work.
BLANKETS – the bigger and thicker the better
QUILTS – clean and in good condition
ROLL MATS TENTS – 2-4 man, must be double skinned and complete in good condition.
FIREWOOD – sawn, chopped and bagged.
FOOD – CATERING SIZE OR SMALL of: rice – basmati/long grain;
tins – tomatoes/kidney beans/lentils/chick peas/tomato puree/fish – tuna/sardines;
oil (veg, coconut, olive, rapeseed);
seeds and nuts etc – pumpkin, sunflower, all nuts, dates, apricots;
tea, coffee and sugar, long life milk;
spices – paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg, cumin, caraway, cloves, salt, pepper. sack potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, any other veg that keeps