Recent trips to Calais

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 CalaisĀ  (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