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We run regular weekend group convoys from Brentwood, Essex to Calais in France to help refugees. We support 3 charities:



 

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We take manpower & money, not physical donations. So if you can't come, please fundraise for us or donate. 

Calais Light's New Initiative 
#CourtCommerce

What is #CourtCommerce?

#CourtCommerce is the new initiative by Calais Light whereby we collaborate with aspirational/edgy/high-quality fashion brands & we ask them to supply brand new, age-appropriate clothing & shoes in specific sizes to refugees in the UK. We have partnered with Care4Calais & Refugee Action Kingston who support 4,000+ asylum seekers in the UK to distribute the brand new clothes. 

Why?

 

#CourtCommerce is all about changing the narrative around refugees. All refugees have suffered unimaginable loss, travelled thousands of miles to escape war zones, persecution and famine. They have had to leave behind family, loved ones, luggage and most of their possessions. Most refugees only arrive with the clothes they stand up in. 

Everyone loves new clothes, we all want to look presentable - no matter who we are. This is no different for refugees who want to slot into society and begin a new life, this becomes a nearly impossible task when paired with lack of confidence from not being able to present yourself in the way you would like. New clothes would work wonders for refugees' mental health and their integration into society. Although second hand clothes are great, often these donations can be the wrong size, ill-fitting, dirty or just pretty dated for the 20-somethings who receive them. Calais Light aims that #CourtCommerce will change the way many British people perceive refugees, to introduce a new, more human narrative - one of personal dignity, choice and normalcy. 

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Our MISSION
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We want to help as many volunteers get to Calais in the easiest way possible.

That's why we're called Calais Light.

And going at the weekend makes it fit with work.

Ever wanted to help refugees in Calais

but not known where to start?

Join one of our weekend convoys on your own or with a friend, and see how easy it is to make a difference. 

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Email calaislight@yahoo.com to express your interest. 

working with...

Calais Appeal is a fundraising platform for 7 grassroots organizations helping displaced people in Calais. They recently lost their funding & need to raise £100,000 in 2022 to ensure continuity of services. From tent distribution to food, specialist women's services to firewood & children's play projects. They risk losing 75% of their budgets without urgent support. CL admires what they do & the dedicated volunteers that run them 

 

Refugee Community Kitchen in Calais is an amazing charity, staffed & supported by volunteers from around the world. Delicious, hot, culturally appropriate meals are freshly prepared and distributed every day to refugees living rough in squalid, inhuman conditions outside Calais and Dunkirk. Their food makes the difference between severe malnutrition & enough strength to survive for refugees.

 

Care4Calais provide refugees in Calais, Brussels & Paris with vital items such as hoodies, sleeping bags & power banks to name a few. Volunteers are able to go out to the informal settlements where refugees are sleeping rough - to meet them, speak to them personally, hear their stories, and to offer solidarity, humanity & conversation. It's incredibly inspiring.

 

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