VOLUNTEER MISSIONS WITH UTOPIA 56
In Paris …
Utopia 56 proposes you to come helping refugees at the Centre d’accueil Paris Nord managed by EMMAÜS Solidarité, near this center or/and in Paris. In the center, a relay of 25 volunteers is needed everyday, in day team and night team to help the coordinators of Utopia56! Join us to help in the morning (8 am to 12.15 pm), at lunchtime (11.45 am to 4:15 pm), during the afternoon (3:45 pm to 6:30 pm), in the evening (6 pm to 9 pm) or even at night (7.45 pm to 11.30 pm or more) according to your availability :
- In the reception center, help to the distribution of clothes to residents in the Utopia’s distribution shop, donations, replenishment of the distribution shop, decontamination and washing of the clothes and blankets, accompaniment services for the refugees to their medical appointments in the hospitals, and for the juveniles in the assessment structures (Demie).
- In front of the reception center and in near to this center, managing the queue, helping and listening to refugees, accompanying them at hospitals if needed; social monitoring service of the day with cleaning of the refugees’ places of life, identification of needs in term of clothing, blankets or care. You can also come to reinforce the team during the night, for shelter and distributions of meals, blankets …
- In our donation center, rue Coustou, in the 18th districts of Paris, helping to sort gifts / clothes for refugees in the reception center.
- In the Paris districts, helping to follow Utopia 56 collection points (list of collection points in Paris here), and participating or suggesting “relaxation” activities for refugees (outings in Paris, guitar, French lessons, playing football, …).
In Calais …
Utopia 56 proposes you to come helping refugees, by supervising you and offering you an accommodation. The association continues to intervene, even after the dismantling of the jungle. Join us by enrolling in our registration form for a day, a week, a month or more and come helping the long-term team ! In the program : help in the warehouse of the Auberge des Migrants, Help Refugees and RCK, and make some social outreaching during the day and the night to provide assistance to the refugees your meet (distribution of meals, tea, blankets, clothes).
>>> Join the association by clicking here, then join us in Calais by clicking here.
With the juvenile refugees …
Utopia 56 protects unaccompanied foreign minors by accompanying them in their administrative procedures, working on the recovery of identity documents from relatives who have remained in the country and protecting them while the French justice system gives verdict. Would you like to finance a hotel night for a refugee teenager? With 20 €, you allow Utopia 56 to get him out of the street for one night. This funding allows us to have the time to find solutions in the inhabitant or to hold until the Provisional Placement Ordinance.
>>> To make a donation, click here.
Elsewhere in France …
Utopia 56 guides you to participate or organize gatherings or events, to help the associations mobilized in reception to the CADs (Centers of Reception and Orientation), and supports you in your initiatives and projects. Utopia 56 is also a citizen watch association: legal action, conference organization, etc.
>>> Contact Adriana at to bring material donations.
>>> Learn more about the Utopia56 groups by clicking here.
OUR EXPERIENCE : A HUMANITARIAN CAMP OF 800 TO 1 500 REFUGEES
Utopia 56 insured the management of the first humanitarian camp of France, from March 7th to May 7th during the two first months after it opened, in Grande-Synthe near Dunkirk, following Mayor Damien Carême’s wishes. The camp was built by DWB and the city council of Grande-Synthe. 3 000 volunteers worked day and night to prevent the camp from closing, contribute to its acknowledgement by the State, organize its daily life, make it more humane (welcoming refugees round the clock, building community kitchens, leaving a laundry opened round the clock, providing shuttles, blankets, clothes, washing items, dental treatments, French and English lessons, etc).
Utopia56 organized 10 000 volunteering days in that camp (about 60 volunteers a day). Then, the State announced their intention to close the camp, decreed welcoming criteria (camp opened only to families with children) and started to destroy some shelters. We were powerless facing those bad decisions that were to lead to disastrous consequences, whether humanely or in terms of safety. We left the camp on August 30th, only a small team stayed until the 30th.
We are an organization created by citizens from Lorient (Brittany) in January 2016. We aim to gather and coordinate volunteers so as to help refugees in northern France. We work with all the other existing organizations up there and willing to collaborate. We can organize 2700 volunteering days a month and we are 3000 members.
Our word is free and we respect the plans for the future of the refugees.