North East Aid for Calais (Organisation separate from North of England Refugee Service)

Organisation separate from North of England Refugee Service

Collection for Calais 

North East 

UPDATED INFORMATION!

 

Please read this post for information about how to assist us in our efforts to take aid from the North East of England to the refugees in Calais.

We think this post should answer all of your questions but please do contact us if it doesn’t.

***If you are not in the North East of England we’re sorry but we can’t collect your items***

You are still welcome to donate to our crowdfunder, of course. If you have a look on Facebook at ‘Calais – People to People Solidarity – Action from UK’ and ‘CalAid’ you should be able to find a group that is near to you or you can set one up! Thank you.

We are planning a trip from the North East to Calais on September 18th to deliver the aid we have collected.

NO COLLECTIONS/ DROP-OFFS WILL BE POSSIBLE AFTER THURSDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER. This is to enable us to sort the items and pack them in vans for the trip.

We will update this post as things change (e.g. in terms of what items are needed or different collection points) and will also advertise here for other ways in which you can help.

There are various ways in which you can help us:

 

1) Make a financial contribution

Donate to our crowdfunding page to help us raise funds to take the aid to Calais: 

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/refugee-aid-in-calaisnorth-east-18th-sept-1

 

2) Collect items for us. A list of what items are most needed is below. Please note that we can no longer accept women’s and children’s clothing and toys. These are not currently needed in the camp and they do not have the capacity to store these items and we will not have room for them in our vans. Women’s and children’s items that have already been collected will be passed on to refugees living in the North East. If you do have these items it may be worth making links to local organisations that work with refugees to see if you can donate the items there. Thank you.

3) Drop off your items at a collection point. Details of our collection points across the North East can be found below.

4) Volunteer to help with collections – PM Shah Lalon Amin or Jenni Yuill to do so

5) Share information about the group and the JustGiving page to as many of your friends and family as possible and continue to spread the word about the plight of the refugees in Calais.

6) Volunteer to help us with salvage at Leeds Festival 31st August/ 1st September. If you can help and have transport please PM Caroline Reina de Coraones before Wed 26th August.

7) Help us find space for sorting our collections before we load them into the vans – we are looking for a large space, possibly a warehouse for 11th – 18th September. Please contact Shah Lalon Amin or Jenni Yuill if you can help.

8) Volunteer to sort collections into boxes and load vans between 11-18 September. Please contact Jenni Yuill or Shah Lalon Amin if you can help.

9) Help us find a van / vans to borrow! If you know anyone who could loan us vehicles this would mean we would not have to pay for vehicle hire and therefore would have more money to spend on items for the refugees. Please PM Mo Abuzahra or Shah Lalon Amin if you can help.

1) FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS 

Please share this page!!!

2) COLLECTIONS - ITEMS NEEDED:

NO WOMEN'S OR CHILDREN'S CLOTHING OR TOYS PLEASE

• Clothing – Please keep in mind it's nearly winter and we will need warm clothing and we are desperate for male clothing

Jackets - urgent (no wool coats)

Tracksuits

Hoodies

Jumpers, T-shirts

Joggers

Jeans

Hats, gloves, scarves 

Socks

Underwear – especially women’s (pants that can be used with sanitary towels are needed rather than strings/ thongs)

Good Leggings

Thermal Tights

Please note we can no longer take children’s clothes and toys. The main clothes that we need are warm practical clothes for men

• Shoes - MOST URGENT 

PLEASE, make sure that shoes are sporty, trainers or walking shoes, no city leather shoes, no heels, no wellies! We need mostly men’s shoes, but women’s trainers are fine too and can be given to boys as well.

• Shelter and living

Tents – urgently, big sized tents are best as people like to live together, and they can allow standing up.

Thick plastic sheeting – mainly used for agriculture (they make shelters from this)

Tarps and groundsheets – again to build shelters, the bigger the better.

Sleeping bags, blankets and duvets – urgent

Mattresses, sleeping mats

Coleman type stoves

Pots, pans, kettle (not electric as they don’t have this) – some people are making up packages with a couple of pans, plastic plates/cups, sponge and cleaning products

CANDLES NEEDED DESPERATELY

With regards to tents we will be delighted for anything we can get, although due to the weather and the constant use strong/heavy/canvas/army type would last far longer

• Toiletries 

Unisex hygiene kits containing toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shower gel, body lotion

Disposable razors (cheap ones and don’t include these in the wash bag)

Please note we no longer require sanitary pads – the women’s centre now has plenty thanks to kind donations. All that have been donated here will be given to refugee women in the North East

• Food

All non-perishable food – TINNED kidney beans, white beans, chick-peas, peas and carrots, green beans (no tinned pasta)

Rice, flour, (little or no pasta, NO couscous, NO bulgur, NO oatmeal)

Oil, LOTS of oil

Tomatoes in all forms (sauce, paste), LOTS of it

Spices

Long Life milk

Sugar

Tea/coffee

• Other

Cleaning products – washing up liquid, washing powder

Umbrellas

BIN BAGS – urgently needed!!!

• You can also prepare bags in advance with about the same items in each bag (Please don’t mix food and toiletries in the same bag!) Bin bags and boxes are both fine and if you are able to label them this will really help with our sorting!

 

2) COLLECTION POINTS:

TEESSIDE:

For Teesside collections and drop offs contact Jenni Yuill (07753 112934)

BILLINGHAM

Please contact Jolande Mace on 07767 155589 for address

• DARLINGTON 

Items can be dropped off at any time Wednesday 26 and Thur 27 August.

Please message Nicola Scarr (07477 600019) for address

DURHAM 

Gilesgate

Please contact Justin on 07854834012

 

MIDDLESBROUGH:

Please contact Lizzie Donaghy on 07761 279442

Tuesday 1st September 2.30pm - 6pm

St Thomas More Presbytery

Kirkham Row

Beechwood

TS4 3EE

 

• NORTH YORKSHIRE:

Hutton Rudby:

Please contact Anna Forbes for drop off point address (07969 303853)

 

REDCAR:

Please contact Aimee Bennett Corcoran on 07929481290

 

• STOCKTON –

Monday 24th August, 6-8pm

Tuesday 1st September, 6-8pm 

Only available during these times

Email cath.barker@hotmail.co.uk with queries

St Patrick’s Church

Fairfield

Stockton-on-Tees

TS19 7PL

 

STOCKTON - PORTRACK/ WHITEWATER GLADE AREA – 

Contact Heidi Roper on 07495 060674

 

TYNESIDE:

• BLAYDON -

Please contact Sarah Adotey (07772 033630) for drop-off address

 

• BYKER –

Please contact Lisa Rutherford, 51 Raby St, NE6 2FA (07927 065203)

 

• CHESTER LE STREET

Contact Katie Bennett

07739173679 for drop off point

 

• GATESHEAD –

Please contact Nicole Richardson for drop-off address (07516 038684)

Blackhall Mill area - 

Please contact Karen Scott (01207560870) for drop-off address

 

• HEBBURN and JARROW 

Tom Coyne

07546099683

 

• LAWE TOP:

Call Lalon on

07477600019

 

• MORPETH:

Contact Kate Stewart (07772 540777)

 

• NEWCASTLE:

WEST END - Contact Imran Ahmed (07967 594406)

 

CITY CENTRE - 

Thursdays 7-9pm:

Christ Church

Simpson Terrace

Shieldfield

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

NE2 1XB

(facing Northumbria University on Shieldfield Green, next to Christ Church School)

Contact Caroline Reina de Corazones (07958 137274)

Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm

Collection box at:

Attaya Projects

B&D Studios

Commercial Union House, 3rd floor to the right

39 Pilgrim Street (across the street from Tyneside Cinema)

Newcastle Upon Tyne

NE1 6QE

 

GOSFORTH/ KINGSTON PARK/ FAWDON:

Lynda Rutherford (07708 424882)

 

• NORTH SHIELDS -

Please contact Layla Rumsey (07812 417302)

 

• SOUTH SHIELDS –

Mon – Thurs 5pm-7pm

Sat-Sun 12-2pm

South Tyneside Jaame Mosque

3 Baring Street 

South Shields

Contact Shah Lalon Amin (07477 600019)

 

• SOUTH TYNESIDE –

Please contact Mo Abuzahra (07900 234104)

for collections.

 

• SUNDERLAND –

Sunderland Bangladesh International Centre

28 Tatham Street

Hedon

Office hours only

Please contact Taff Hussein (07946 180890)

 

• WALLSEND –

Please contact Jessica Griffiths via Facebook or at Jessie_tree2001@hotmail.com to arrange a drop off.

 

• WESTOE: 

Please contact Elaine Francis

on Facebook or on 07939 445159 for drop off address

 

• WESTOE CROWN VILLAGE:

Please contact Christine Dorward (07415630662) for address

 

• WHITLEY BAY –

Small items for donation can be dropped off at the Cedarwood Trust Monday – Thursday from 10m -4pm (clothing and hygiene products, etc. No tents please!) 

Cedarwood Trust

43 Avon Ave

North Shields

Tyne and Wear

NE29 7QT

0191 2590245

3-6pm Friday 20th August

Monday 24th August/ Tuesday 25th August 4-6pm:

Big Local Shop

Park View Road

Whitley Bay

Contact Sharon (07702168286)