WHEN YOU HAVE MORE THAN YOU NEED, BUILD A LONGER TABLE NOT A HIGHER FENCE

(click here to book tickets for our exciting Jamboree coming up)

(click here to book tickets for our exciting Jamboree coming up)

WHEN YOU HAVE MORE THAN YOU NEED, BUILD A LONGER TABLE NOT A HIGHER FENCE


SIDE BY SIDE WITH REFUGEES

Welcome to Side by Side Refugees. Hopefully you found your way here because, like us, you want to support ordinary people who have lost everything.

Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced and desperately need our help. We are a small charity, but we have a committed team of volunteers who give time and skills to help individuals and families trying to find safety and refuge.

We collect and distribute Humanitarian Aid in the form of clothing and food to Northern France and raise funds to provide support where it is most needed. We have worked extensively on the ground in the Calais “Jungle” and in Dunkirk and we work with and support other NGOs with specific projects.

There are lot’s of ways you can help. You can donate money, or even better – donate your time and join the Side by Side team. Have a look around the website and see what we need most today. There’s always something…

Our favourite story
The video below was edited just a few weeks before The Calais Jungle destruction, our aims remain unchanged: responding to this Humanitarian Crisis in Northern Europe as quickly, as efficiently and as sustainably as possible. for our latest action with like minded organisations see here.

What we’ve been up to lately

She named her Sofia

Yes, Sofia is keeping her company from now on…

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Five months pregnant and living in the bushes…

Where does she get her resilience and strength from?

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So Cold and Damp

Queuing for hours in gale force blizzard and not even guaranteed a so needed pair of shoes

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Your messages of hope in a yellow double decker in the streets of Calais

a great respite place to break down the monotony of their lives and keep them a bit warm…

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Yes, in early December it was snowing…

happy sleighing, no school day…

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​”How was your journey Mummy”

This is what my youngest, Oscar, asked me downstairs last night when I got home. As I went upstairs to finish off the bedtime story, Oscar asked me for an extra big snuggle. I’ve been away for three days, and he’d miss me. I thought about the mother I’d seen on BBC2 Exodus last week…

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A year ago, the Calais “Jungle” was razed

It’s been a year almost to the day. The Calais Jungle shut last October and SBS has continued supporting …

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From donations to distribution…

This is what it is all about…  when the donations, sorting, storage, freight and distribution happen so smoothly…
Efficient, swift distributions…

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East London school donations and messages of hopes delivered

We have just returned from Northern France where we spent four days working at the Care4Calais warehouse with a team of other volunteers from other East London schools helping out refugees in the Calais region.

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Paris squats

Have a look at the horrid locations they are “living” in.
Animals have better living rights than those people…

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Brussels update

Another great mission accomplished. Another drop in the ocean, but as we all know all drops add up…
The question is when will we be able to stop needing those endless drops… ever?

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Paris

We are actively involved in sending supplies to refugees in Paris

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Personal Account

This was my first ‘convoy’ to Calais. Before I set off, I knew that it wouldn’t be the last, but not even foresight could prepare me for the magnitude of what I would see, and the impact it would have on my daily life once I’d returned.

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Personal Account

Less than an hour after we’d left home, we ran out of fuel on the latest convoy trip to Calais. My fault completely. Three of us sat there in the van, playing the blame game (playfully). But it was my fuck up and I knew it. So what? No harm done. It was properly pissing down too. No chance we’re walking 4 miles to fill up…

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Personal Account

A work commitment meant a late arrival to ‘The Jungle’. A weary ferry ride with a glass of red wine and six coach loads of young teenagers. Unaware of anything but their friends and their selfies. Unaware of how lucky they were.

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