Calais Woodyard was a small non-profit organisation built on the efforts of a few, very dedicated volunteers. We have submitted an application to become a UK registered charity but since we no longer work in Calais we have changed our name to Fuelling Relief.
Previously Calais Woodyard sourced free wood which our team of volunteers then processed into short lengths. This was then distributed as firewood to migrant camps in Northern France including the infamous Calais "Jungle". When this camp was evicted in late 2016, the Woodyard continued to supply a camp in Dunkirk before handing over our responsibilities to other organisations in the area (see video below).
Our team is now assessing the needs of many camps across Europe and even further afield to see where we can help next. To find out more take a look at our future plans.
A survey of the Calais Jungle in 2016 conducted by Care4Calais asked 2000 refugees what was their preferred type of aid. The results might surprise you ...
Cold food and firewood were shown conclusively to be the MOST desired resource out of ALL the different types of aid being supplied by ALL the different organisations.
We believe the public underestimate the importance of providing the refugees the freedom to cook what they want, when they want, without queuing for a basic human right. Having a fire providing warmth and light enables communities to socialise around it and the amount this improves people’s mental state could never be accurately quantified. What's better is it's not costly to provide!