Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I learn more about the situation in Calais?
Who are Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol and what do they do?
In August 2015, Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol (CRSB) formed as a grassroots organisation aiming to work cooperatively to build solidarity with refugees in Bristol, Calais and throughout Europe. We have held collections across Bristol, sent over 40 tonnes of aid and over 60 volunteers to help refugees in Calais, hosted two pop-up shops to raise funds and awareness, raised over £20000, sent funds for food, shelters, healthcare & firewood, raised awareness and supported over 15 local charities in Bristol.
We are thrilled with the support and interest, shown by the people of Bristol, which has enabled us to provide a significant amount of humanitarian aid. However, we also want to tackle the root of this crisis so we have a three-pronged approach to the work that we do: humanitarianism, activism & fundraising. Having built a large online community, we are able to act as a platform that links a variety of efforts by individuals and groups (including CRSB) to continue to raise awareness, raise funds and provide humanitarian relief to those stranded in Calais.
I want to get more involved! Where are the subgroups?
I have items to donate. Where can I take them?
I don’t live in Bristol, how can I help?
Where can I donate funds?
I want to go to Calais to volunteer. What should I do?
What items should I donate?
Are clothes for women and children needed?
Not presently. They have had a lot of donations for women and children and have huge stockpiles of these items. The majority of refugees in Calais are male adults.
Where and when is your next meeting?