Interested in volunteering in Calais?

Following another successful visit to assist the dedicated volunteers in Calais we are planning further trips in the coming months. To register interest in joining future trips please email as we will be running an information/planning meeting in March. The format of the trip will be an early morning (4am) departure on a Thursday […]

Donations Needed for Refugees in Calais

Refugee Action – Colchester and Brightlingsea Refugee Support Network are very pleased to announce that from this week we will be accepting clothing donations for the refugees in Calais.  A number of our volunteers have recently returned from Calais and can confirm how desperate the situation is there, and we have found a transport company […]

Syrian Cookery Classes starting in March plus an inspirational Cookery Book to come!

Starting in March, RA-C and the Syrian Pop-Up Cafe will begin offering cooking classes to the wider community. After more than a year catering local events and receiving rave reviews, the chefs of Pop-Up Cafe will be sharing the recipes, techniques and stories that make the food so good. Dates and plans are still taking […]

Distributing donations in freezing cold Calais.

Another trip to Calais, this time in freezing conditions – snow greeted us on our arrival at the warehouse.  It is difficult to write about anything that people don’t already know.  It was cold, the refugees have little or no shelter, donations are always needed, volunteers try and help. I have therefore decided to describe […]