Volunteering in the informal refugee camp in Grande-Synthe is an impactful and insightful way to help people on the move on the front line of the current border crises. By working within the refugee camps in France, you will have the opportunity to meet people on the move, understand their stories and their culture, and take part in their community.
You will also become part of the Roots Family! We are a hugely caring and passionate team, and your help will make a huge difference. Whether you can volunteer for a few days or a few months, we would be very grateful for your help!
read some of their stories..
"Coming here you will find the nicest group of humans, I´m super grateful to have been able to work with them all. The things they do provide huge support to those on the move, seeking safety, and come from a place of genuine care. I'm hoping to work with them more in the future, and it´s given me great insight into how grassroots organisations can have an impact that works."
"Every day in the field I realize the need to support people on the move as much as possible on their way. The fact that we have to provide access to water or that people have no way to charge their cell phones without us is a shame. Nevertheless or exactly because of that I am happy to work in such a great team and such a great organization like Roots, I will keep coming back everytime I have a chance!"
"This experience has shown the enormours importance of being daily hands on the field so people on the move can, not only have fundamental services such as water and charging provided, but a social-hub with us. I am still awe struck by the inmense hole left by the governments. I have met a lot of fascinating people and stories. It's has been a fascinating introduction in the fourth sector with Roots!"
One of our wonderful supporters ran 44 miles / 70 km, double the distance of the channel crossing, over the mountains of Eryri, Wales to raise funds for Roots. Their aim was not only to raise funds but to promote awareness of the refugee situation happening across the English Channel. After an amazing effort over £1000 was raised!
FANCY A NEW CHALLENGE?
Are you an artist, musician, painter, photographer, or, dancer?
Create an exciting and fun event to raise money and collect goods for Roots.
Do you have a garage filled with unused equipment? Or an airing cupboard overflowing with too many towels? Here at Roots we are always looking for physical donations to support our services. From electronic or mechanical equipment, to hygiene and sanitary products.
If you feel like you have any useful items to donate, or believe you could arrange a collection, please let us know!
have a look at some ideas below..
was founded in 2016 by students of Maastricht University. Their aim is to make it possible for displaced people to live safely and with dignity. They organise ingenious fundraising events to collect resources for the support - check the video above to see their visit!
TAP TO TIP
Mary Stretch founded Calais Light, which organises short weekend volunteering trips to Calais to support organisations and charities in Northern France with manpower as well as donations. They run #courtcommerce in the UK, working with Global Brands such as Unilever, who donated a big amount of sanitary and hygiene products to Roots.
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