What We Do

We collect, store and sort donations from the public. These are then prioritised and sent to areas where they are needed and wanted. Volunteers drive the donations with support and advice from official organisations so that the donations are handed out appropriately and safely.
Colchester borough has been incredibly generous and we have been inundated with donations. We have been to Calais and are sending more next month. We also have a commitment to welcome refugees to the Colchester area. We are working with other local groups, churches, initiatives and other campaign groups to be a useful part of the Welcome Board for refugee families. Donations that are not appropriate for refugees are being given to Colchester Socialist Clothing bank.

Events
Past events:

We held a stall in the Light and Shade event in High Street, Colchester, on Sunday 30th October 2016. We have badges, key rings, fridge magnets and some lovely jewellery.

We held a stall in the Sense of Healing event at the First Site on Sunday 6th November 2016.

In September 2016 one of our long term volunteers returned from Calais, read about their experience helping in the Calais Jungle here.

On our first trip to Calais we delivered donations directly to those most in need, 300 sleeping bags, 150 tents, 150 food bags, 400 wash bags, 200 coats and 200 pairs of waterproof shoes.
Here are some photos of our trip to Calais.

We held a stall in Colchester High Street to bring about awareness of the group and to inform people in ways to help. We collected £65 in donations and lots of positive feedback and encouragement from Colchester and surrounding areas.

Welcome Refugees Colchester March Saturday 14th November
The day that Colchester came together to say "refugees are welcome here".
As part of the Welcome Refugees Colchester over 300 people gathered together outside of Colchester's Mercury Theatre to walk in solidarity to Colchester's Castle Park.
At Castle Park the crowd assembled to hear speeches by Cllr Paul Smith leader of Colchester Borough Council, Cllr Tina Bourne, Cllr Rosalind Scott (Chairperson for RA-C) together with other speakers, some poetry and music.
Even though the weather conditions were poor this did not dampen the atmosphere of the crowd who had come together to deliver a clear message of support for Syrian refugees.
Here are some photos of the day

Current events:
We are currently fundraising to get more of your donations to Calais and to enable us to have a permanent space where we can keep this effort going.

Newsletters
RA-C Newsletter November 2016

Support
As part of the wider community we like to get involved with other likeminded groups to offer our support.
Here are the links to other groups and ways that you can get involved.

Welcome Refugee Colchester
We are a group of people campaigning for the welcoming of refugees in Colchester.

People to people solidarity
Our primary goal is to provide information for those willing to send help to Calais' "Jungle" and other camps.

Essex-Syrian Solidarity Society