FAB Team update 04/11/15

Posted by Kathryn

Welcome to our latest team update.

There has been much discussion about the name Calais and Beyond given the evolving crisis. We have therefore chosen to change our name to France and Beyond (or FAB for short!). We feel this better explains the broader aims of the team.


Sarah Berry and Roni Sidwick are returning to Calais and Dunkerque next week. Please contact them to contribute to costs or the funds to purchase items needed on site.

Contribute to the plight of the Paris refugees by sending money to:  roberg@protonmail.com

Paris refugees

Debbie Andrews’ great Sock Appeal is under way and the first shipments have been sent. Listen to Debbie on Pulsar Radio – 2/11.

Watch the ONE Show tonight (4/11) to see Rob Lawrie, group member, discuss the plight of the child refugee in Calais.



See the map here. We need storage and sorting hubs in the North – please contact us if you have a clean, dry, large space that you would be happy to use. 

See basic donation guidance here.

  1. Food –  IN DATE ONLY
  2. WARM, CLEAN clothing in GOOD condition. Please wash the clothes prior to bringing them, we are unable to wash them at the hubs.
  3. QUALITY shoes suitable for winter weather. Please clean boots before bringing them.
  4. Blankets, sleeping bags, tents etc. – good condition and clean.

For all donations, it will greatly help if they are pre-sorted with details of what is inside clearly marked on the box/bag – e.g. Medium men’s sweaters / 6-9yr old girls’ coats. Please pair up shoes and mark the size. If you are not sure, just ask your hub coordinator for advice.

THU 5 NOV – sort and delivery to Confolens (16) for recently-arrived refugees. Contact Roni for more details.

THU 5 NOV – sort and delivery toPrecigné (72) refugees. Contact Sam Lion for more information.

FRI 6 NOV – Final sort at Escanecrabe 31350 from 10am to 4pm for Gary’s trip to fill the container leaving Barcelona for Lesbos on 7 Nov and Nikki’s trip to Paris. Urgent needs are: tents, sleeping bags, blankets, socks, sturdy shoes/boots, wellies, raincoats, warm jumpers and trousers (sizes for children and adults small and Medium), baby carriers. BOXES are also urgently needed. Please only clean items in good condition and preferably labelled. Contact Nikki on nikkidmcarthur@gmail.com 

TUES 17 NOV & THURS 17 DEC: Distribution convoy from Hub53 to Calais – transport and drivers wanted. Some drivers will stay to volunteer, so do join the convoy if you would like to stay and help too, but our first priority is finding vans and cars to help move more of our donations to the camp. DRIVERS NEEDED URGENTLY

SUN 29 NOV: Vide Dressing/Vente de Bric-à-Brac 10.00 – 16.00 Salle polyvalente, Availles-Limouzine 86460 – Volunteers required. Contact Phillip Mold for details.

TRUCK TO IRAQ: There are several deliveries to Paris scheduled from Poitou-Charentes, Midi-Pyrénées and Côte d’Azur for the shipment directly to a camp in Iraq . The container is now FULL so no more deliveries can be accepted unless they have already been booked in.



Greece: Appalling conditions on many islands are not being helped by a ferry strike.

Paris Camp are in urgent need of help. If you are in/near Paris and can help to support groups of refugees evicted from their squat who are now sleeping rough, please contact us. The group includes pregnant women.

The residents of the Bordeaux Camp have found temporary accommodation for the winter (abandoned buildings and a warehouse). See the Bordeaux group to find out what they require.

Beziers Camp: Some families are moving into social housing after applying for asylum. The remaining families need regular food drops which are being managed by the Languedoc group. If you live locally, please contribute.

Italy Border: Aid is now required at Red Cross / Caritas camp. See Cote d’Azur group for details.

Calais & Dunkerque: The camps are swelling in size with latest estimates of 6,000 in Calais alone. The camp was condemned when 3,000 individuals were there so conditions are now dire. In addition, more families and children are arriving. Processes at Calais have been streamlined and the warehouse has moved to its new location. Volunteers and aid continues to be required with new arrivals daily. See Calaidipaedia or the UK Facebook page for more details.



Thank you to T Jazzy Davies for her help in admin-ing the FB group.  We welcome Debbie Andrews to the team.

The Translation Team: From existing membership we have a robust team able to help us translate the website and other random stuff. Also we have now have updated the French blogs and will continue to move forward thanks to talent within the translation group.