After the dismantelement of the Calais jungle in October 2016, exiled people were dispersed in France in CAOs (Centre d’Accueil et d’Orientation - reception and orientation centers). Utopia 56 has not left this place! Since January 2017, exiled people have come back to the North, place of passage to the UK.
Today, a long-term team works in Calais. To allow to reinforce this effort, your help is necessary. Do not hesitate to join!
- Help the warehouse l’Auberge des Migrants, Help Refugees, RCK and Collective Aid (sorting of donations distributed in Calais, help to prepare food, tea, charging vehicles for maraude, etc.).
- Day social maraude (going to different living spaces 3 afternoon a week, to inform, orient people and keep a link with them).
- Day center (We have a day center where we do social follow ups, information, English and French lessons, orientation towards Calais services/other organisations/ governement provided services and a weekly appointment with the Legal Shelter association).
- Accompany people (to the medical PASS clinic, to the emergency room or to other healthcare appointments. We help with emergency accomodation for adults and families, follow ups and intervene with information for new people, detention and police-related problems)
- Night maraude (from 7:30 pm to 2 am. This is an emergency support team that informs, orients, tries to find a shelter and distributes food and hygiene kits to the new arrivals in Calais).
Utopia 56 proposes a basic, shared accomodation solution in a campsite mobile home, for a participation of 5 € per day for the first month. If you stay for over a month, you will not pay starting from the second month, unless you want to help out financially the association!
Due to organisation reasons, you will need to book at least three days in advance. Our campsite is not within a walking distance to Calais, but we offer shared rides between volunteers.
To sign up, you just need to fill in this form. You will receive an email 48h before your arrival to confirm (or not). Take your driver’s licence and you car if you can, they will be of great help! See you soon on the field!
If you haven’t managed to sign up three days ahead, or if you wish to come tomorrow or after tomorrow to Calais, let the team know by sending an email to (link sends e-mail) (link sends e-mail)
(after having joined the association)
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone : 00 33 6 40 99 16 45
Address: the warehouse address is not publicly available