Staff and students deliver aid to Calais and Dunkirk

University staff and students joined a convoy to the north of France last week to volunteer with ‘Refugee Community Kitchen’ and deliver donations for homeless displaced people in Calais and Dunkirk. The group of fourteen collected enough winter clothes, sleeping bags, blankets and food on campus and in town to fill several vehicles, including a large van.

The trip to Calais was organised by Bath Welcomes Refugees with support from the Amnesty International Society and UNISON at the University of Bath.

Natalie May, School of Management and UNISON Equality Officer, said “There are around 800 people displaced by violence, persecution and instability now living homeless around Calais. Many of them are minors, exposed to sub-zero temperatures and frequent aggression from the security services. The donations from colleagues and students will make a real difference to a desperate situation on the ground.”

Christopher Roche, School of Management and UNISON Branch Secretary, said “The university community has again shown its commitment to supporting displaced peoples. Last year, the university took a lead role in international research to improve conditions in refugee camps and we are now offering scholarships both to students who have sought refuge in the UK and to teachers working with Syrian refugees in Jordan. There is much being done by staff and students at Bath for us to be proud of and to build upon.”

More details about the trip can be found on the UNISON at the University of Bath website.

If you would like to support the work of Refugee Community Kitchen, you can donate here: http://refugeecommunitykitchen.com/donate-money/

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