Volunteers & Collections



Attend CRSB meetings Sort and pack donations Organise collections in your area Hold a fundraiser Attend rallies & marches Admin Write to MPs 

Visit our Volunteering in Bristol page to find out how you can get involved, either on an ad-hoc or long-term basis.


Sorting clothing donations Food prep & cooking Chopping firewood Building shelters Distributing aid Litter picking Teaching & practising English Building food parcels & hygeine packs Prepare essential items for new arrivals Volunteer in women’s & children’s centre

Visit our Volunteering in Calais page for advice on joining a CRSB volunteers’ trip or for guidance on planning your own.



It is crucial that all items donated are appropriate and suitable for refugees living in the camps in Northern France. All CRSB collections will invite donations of a selection of the most urgently needed items and these lists are informed by organisations in Calais and their callouts for specific items.

A full list of all items that are accepted by the L’Auberge des Migrants/Help Refugees warehouse is updated regularly here.

CRSB aims to send vans to Calais, loaded with aid, on a regualr basis. We will periodically hold collections and these will be announced on this page and via Facebook.

If you would like to hold your own collection in your local area, workplace, school, community group or church, please get in touch. We can provide advice on what to collect, how to pack and sort donations and whether we are able to assist with transporting aid to Calais.

CRSB has a number of current volunteer roles available – Join Us!

If you are interested in volunteering with us please apply in writing to contact@calaisrefugeesolidaritybristol.co.uk Please send a maximum of 500 words stating what role(s) you are interested in, what skills you have, your availability and why you would like to volunteer with us. The Application Deadline is 24/02/17.

  • All roles are VOLUNTARY – there is no pay or financial reward. Justifiable expenses may be covered.
  • We can however offer you references, work experience, transferable skills, social events with likeminded individuals and fantastic opportunities to help people in genuine need.
  • We expect all volunteers to abide by our volunteer charter.
  • We are not a registered charity, but a grassroots organisation.
  • We may ask for references if you are successful.
  • Commitment level is only approximate to give you an idea. These can be flexible around your existing commitments in most cases and may fluctuate during busy periods.
  • You may apply to do more than one role if you have the time available.
  • You would be expected at attend occasional face to face meetings with the coordinators team, probably once a month.


  1. Role Title: Fundraising Developer
  • Role Description: Helping us raise funds by assisting in organising events, coming up with suggests of creative ways to raise funds and supporting and encouraging the public to fundraise on our behalf.
  • Skills Needed: Previous fundraising experience desirable but not essential, good interpersonal skills, confident, organised, and motivated.
  • Commitment Level: Medium -A day a week or two evenings a week.
  1. Role Title: Social Media Administrator
  • Role Description: Being admin on our facebook group, making sure messages and questions are answered and group rules adhered to. Providing occasional cover for our twitter account. Helping expand our social media reach.
  • Skills Needed: Familiar with Facebook and Twitter and other forms of social media. A professional manner when dealing with the public. Good spelling and grammar.
  • Commitment Level: High – Ability to log in regularly.
  1. Role Title: Human Rights Researcher
  • Role Description: Working with Richard Annandale, researching the powers of International and European institutions to hold governments to account for human rights violations in relation to refugees including children.
  • Skills Needed: Ideally some knowledge of institutions with a human rights remit. An interest in human rights law and refugees. Good research skills. A sense of humour!
  • Commitment Level: Dependent on experience perhaps 15-20 hours over the next month and then ad hoc as needed.
  1. Role Title: Office Support Administrator
  • Role Description: Answering and checking emails, sending receipts for donations, occasional meeting minutes and occasional ad hoc admin tasks.
  • Skills Needed: Good written and verbal communication skills. Highly organised. Administrative experience a plus.
  • Commitment Level: Low – A couple of evenings a week.
  1. Role Title: Website Lead Co-ordinator
  • Role Description: Keeping our website maintained and optimized. Adding further content and design on an adhoc basis. Sitting on the co-ordinating committee for CRSB.
  • Skills Needed: WordPress website building skills, google analytics knowledge and attention to detail. Coding knowledge a plus but not essential.
  • Commitment Level: Medium – An evening a week at most, co-ordinators meetings fortnightly.
  1. Role Title: Logistics Administrator
  • Role Description: Keeping regular communication with our various collection points and van drivers. Liaising as needed with volunteer co-ordinator.
  • Skills Needed: Organized. Friendly communication style. Access to a car to visit collection points occasionally (not essential).
  • Commitment Level: Low – one afternoon a week.
  1. Role Title: Volunteer Administrator
  • Role Description: Keeping regular communication with our volunteers via email, social media and phone. Organising volunteers to cover events as needed and occasional socials.
  • Skills Needed: Organized. Friendly communication style.
  • Commitment Level: Medium –an evening or afternoon a week. Adhoc volunteer events.