Can one person make a difference? This is Simon Shaw, a school teacher from East London.

Can one person make a difference? This is Simon Shaw, a school teacher from East London.

Simon spends the majority of his annual leave volunteering with refugees in Calais – in fact he has been over for 33 days in 2019! He’s made a family commitment too, bringing partner Lesley, son Rob, his two daughters and even Bow the dog on many occasions.

Simon loves working with kids. His favourite place is Dunkirk where there are many families, and he often makes trips to the children’s home at St Omer too.

But volunteering is not the limit of Simon’s commitment. This year Simon has raised thousands of pounds for refugees by selling tee shirts at events in and around London. You may have seen him on a Trump demo, at an Extinction rebellion rally or even at your local fair. Simon gets around when he is raising money for his favourite cause.

And his influence does stop there. Simon‘s commitment has made an impact at the school where he works. Woodbridge High School held a week of awareness where both students and staff ran collections and took part in activities to raise funds for refugees, in total raising £4000, a fantastic result.

Everyone of us will connect to friends, family and colleagues all around us, and we may never even know the full impact that we have. But by each of us doing our part, in whatever way suits us best, we can change the world around us, a little at a time.

We might not all be Simon, but every little helps. Go to

About Care4Calais

Care4Calais was founded by a group of volunteers with the sole aim of supporting the people of the Calais refugee camps, providing fresh meals, warm clothing, heating and important legal and medical support.

We are not politicians – we are people like you who simply believe that every human has the right to be treated in a fair and dignified way.

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