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Calais refugee crisis worse than ever

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Care4calais’s Spring report starkly describes the current appalling conditions of refugees, including sole children, in northern France – conditions far worse than in the Calais Jungle destroyed in early November.

Other charities have warned that the closure of legal routes into the UK, and absence of any adequate child safeguarding services in the region, is providing smugglers and people traffickers with a new consumer base coercing children into taking illegal routes involving large debts and exploitation.

Six months on from the closure of the Jungle, the latest Refugee Rights Data Project study has found that a large proportion of the refugee children in the area are unaccompanied and that the majority have suffered from police violence including tear gas and beatings.

Current situation in Northern France:

  • Families homeless with nowhere to go after the devastating fire at Dunkerque in April.
  • At least 500 people sleeping rough in the Calais region, 150 of whom are unaccompanied children.
  • Only three small camps providing inhumane conditions for 400-500 refugees in the Calais area.
  • Scabies, fungal infections and gum disease are at an all time high – with little medical help.
  • Nearly 2,000 unaccompanied minors scattered around France highly vulnerable to traffickers.
  • 20,000 refugees passing through a dedicated Paris CAO catering for 400 per night.

Refugees in France need our help more than ever – if you can, please attend our upcoming fundraisers and bring needed items to our collection point, now open every week, or donate to CRSB.

L’auberge/Help Refugees warehouse in Calais

Your donations needed!

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CRSB collection openThe CRSB collection point re-opened this week at Bristol Wood Recycling project and will now be open every Friday and Saturday 11am-3pm until further notice – but we need your donations!  Refugees in northern France still need our help so please donate what you can from the following list of items:

Non-food aid:

  • Shelter – tents, sleeping bags/bivvy bags
  • Cooking – saucepans, plates and cutlery
  • Hygiene – men’s deodorant, shampoo, shower gel, razors
  • Babies – nappies size 1, 2 and 5
  • Clothes – men’s joggers, t-shirts, jumpers and coats size S, M
  • Underwear – men’s pants/boxers new sizes S, M, new socks
  • Shoes – trainers size 39-46
  • Warmth – scarves, gloves, hats, blankets

Food:

Sea salt, lemon juice, olive oil, chilli flakes, paprika, tahini, black pepper, white vinegar, garlic, basmati rice, golden syrup, oats, ketchup, mayonnaise, honey, bicarbonate of soda, cayenne, tomato puree, dried fruit, tinner fruit, tomatoes, chickpeas and kidney beans, white sugar, nuts, tea, coffee, hot chocolate

Other:

Bin bags, plastic gloves, disinfectant spray, washing up liquid, new chef clothes and kitchen crocs

If you have things to donate but can’t get to our donation point let us know. We might be able to collect from you.  Otherwise we look forward to seeing you at Bristol Wood Recycling project, BS1 6QW.

Punk Aerobics for CRSB – 15th June

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Come to Punk Aerobics, all in aid of  Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol, on 15th June!

Punk Aerobics is being run by the brilliant X-ray Spexercise held to raise funds for Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol at The Red Lion, Whitehall Road, BS5.

There will be 3 classes, maximum of ten people per class for a £5 fee. first class 10am, second 12.00 and final class 14.00. Please reserve your place here as this event is sure to book up fast!

 

Find out more and book your place now!

Music, words and magic fundraising event – 24th May!

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FUN-draiser for Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol!

Wednesday 24th May 8pm-12am
The Chelsea Inn, BS5 6AU

We have performers of all tasty varity, from rebel belles bearing PixelWhips to guitar tickling troubadours, word-welders & magicians of metaphors!

Expect performances from…

Yolanda Iseley – Poetess & LED temptress! Winding her words or her tantilizing tentacles around your lugholes & peepers.

Joseph Selby- The young Sir of socially conscious rhyme is here to seduce your welcome ears to hear his lyrical splendour in all it’s gentlemanly prowess.

£2-3 Pounds suggested door tax as ALL proceeds go to CRSB, however no-one will be turned away for more….or less ;0)

Find out more.

Collection point open again from this week!

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CRSB now has a drop-off point open at the Bristol Wood Recycling Project, open from this week until further notice on Fridays and Saturdays, 11am-3pm.

Several van and carloads of aid have been loaded up and made their way to the Calais warehouse in the last twelve months and we hope to continue to send regular batches of aid from Bristol but cannot do so without your help.  Please check our list of priority items and take any donations of suitable aid or food to Bristol Wood Recycling Project.