Summer 2020: SelF-Organised Convoys

Calais Light is one huge welcoming family. We come from different walks of life, but how quickly we all bond. We share one thing in common - a love of humanity, particularly refugees.

Calais Lighters start out as a bunch of strangers, but quickly become fast friends who enjoy working together & sharing that common sense of humanity. With Covid-19 restrictions we face a big challenge in keeping our family together. It is something we desperately don’t want to lose. We share a vibe that we all enjoy. With that in mind, in August and September we will be running an “organise yourself joint Calais Light convoy.”

Dates:

Trip 1: Friday 18th September to Sunday 20th September.

Trip 2: Friday 23rd October to sunday 25th october.

Please book quickly - care4calais place are going fast!

Self-organising the Calais Light convoys.

For a detailed guide in the organising process, go to our website page: https://www.calaislight.com/how-to-build-your-own-convoy

 

As we are not yet ready to organise a largescale convoy like we have in the past, we need you to organise your own Calais Light convoys. We ask that you make the £10 donation to us, which we can then share with our charity partners in Calais as needed & keep our organisation itself going.

 

  1. DRIVERS are going to be KEY – because without experienced CL drivers – no passengers can travel. So, if you have driven for us before – please SIGN UP RIGHT AWAY on our Home Page.

  2. As you will be operating under the umbrella of Calais Light, please ensure all passengers have previously been on one of our convoys, so that they know what to expect and what is expected from them. We are currently unable to run the vetting service for new members. The only exception will be for drivers’ own friends & family members (because you know them).

  3. All Passengers – Sign up on Home page. Let us know which dates you will be travelling on. Please give us your names, contact details and whether you provide a car or need to be a passenger. We can arrange to share names of people who are going to help people club together into cars.

  4. Then we will ask Drivers to liaise with passengers, arrange to meet securely, book crossings, accommodation, insurance and organise rooms & fix shared payments as they have to pay for bookings in advance.

  5. Please make a £10 donation to Calais Light. This can be made either through our website or our bank account. Please email us for more information.

  6. You will also need to indicate whether you’ll be supporting Care4Calais or RCK. Sorry, but you may not get what you want as it really depends on the driver.

  7. We can then meet up in France to share the special Calais Light atmosphere that keeps bringing us together.

Travel.

Ferries are operating with reduced crossings each day. Measures are in place on board to assist with social distancing and to reduce risk of COVID-19 spreading.

Eurotunnel runs frequently with a lower chance of the spread of COVID-19 as people stay in their cars. Prices are increasing, especially with the summer holidays just around the corner.

 

Accommodation.

The youth hostel is open to guests.

“We offer a special rate for volunteers of 23.20€ the first night, then 19.70€ per person per night, in shared (twin, triple or quad) rooms. A visitor’s tax of 0.70€ per person per night is included as well as a 0.50€ adhesion to our association on the first night.”

Airbnb are still operating & Calais campsites in Calais.

 

Travel Regulations.

There is no longer a need to self-isolate for 14 days on your return to England from France. However, be aware that at the time of writing, the French government has yet to confirm that it has lifted its guideline for UK visitors to voluntarily isolate in France. If you arrive by Eurotunnel, you will need to fill out and keep with you a statement that you do not have any symptoms.

Many Thanks, Stay Safe and Bon Voyage!

 

Mary Stretch and Terry Portch (Trustees).

We’re looking to recruit a volunteer to be our admin person. You’ll need experience and/or expertise in using the Google Office suite and managing/updating websites. You’ll be responsible for organising our future convoys. Please email calaislight@yahoo.com

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