Our network has storage hubs across France that welcome donations of food, clothing, camping equipment and other day-to-day essentials that can make life as a refugee easier (see here for a full list of items that are urgently needed).
We are currently collecting for the camps in northern France, plus smaller communities of refugees across the rest of France and Beyond, including groups in Calais, Toulouse, Beziers, Bordeaux, the French/Italian border area, and refugees on the Iraq/Syrian border. We will expand this network as and when supply routes from our hubs open up.
To arrange to drop donations off at a collection point or hub, please join our Facebook group and contact your closest local coordinator directly.
DONATING DIRECTLY TO A CAMP
Donating directly to a refugee camp IS NOT RECOMMENDED unless you have agreed your visit with aid workers on the ground here. If not properly co-ordinated, self-distribution can cause problems among refugees, and result in your donations not reaching those who need them the most.
We are able to provide advice to help you plan your trip if you are wanting to visit Calais to donate directly yourself. Please contact us at email@example.com BEFORE planning your trip to Calais. You will need to book a slot with aid workers on the ground AT LEAST two weeks in advance of your visit, so please allow plenty of time for planning.
In addition, there are individuals in the camp who can help. We would recommend joining the Calais Migrant Solidarty Action From UK Facebook group if you are planning on driving to Calais. This group is made up of individuals who have lots of experience delivering to and distributing in Calais – they share photos as well as eyewitness accounts that can help you prepare for your trip. They also have good local contacts on the ground in the camp.
To find out more about the camp at Calais, see Calaid-ipedia.
Elsewhere in France, the following organisations can advise on making direct donations in their areas:
Toulouse: RASI – RINE – Réseau d’Actions Solidaires Internationales & Réseau d’Insertion Nationale des Exilés. Toulouse (Association)
Bordeaux – Aide aux réfugiés sahraouis de Bordeaux (Facebook group)
Grassroots group supporting a community of refugees living in Bordeaux. Donations of clothing, food, camping equipment and other day-to-day essentials are needed. Our local Bordeaux Facebook group delivers regularly to the Bordeaux site. If you are not on Facebook, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with aid workers on the ground.
Refugee Aid Cote d’Azur (Facebook group)
Local group providing support to the Red Cross, Caritas and No Borders organisations which are themselves providing aid to the Ventimiglia camp in northern Italy, as well as to other camps in the region. If you are not on Facebook, you can email us at email@example.com and we will put you in email contact with the group.
Solidarité avec les Refugiés Languedoc / Languedoc Solidarity with Refugees (Association)
Local group sharing ideas and collecting donations for onward shipment to camps in France and elsewhere in Europe. If you are not on Facebook, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with the group.
France and beyond-Aide aux réfugiés d’ici et d’ailleurs- NORTH group (Facebook group)
One of our ‘local’ groups facilitating the collection and deliveries of essential supplies to Calais and linking in with our network to move supplies around France and farther afield. If you are not on Facebook, you can email us at email@example.com and we will put you in touch with the group.
All of France (in French):
Plateforme d’aide aux réfugiés en France