Haircuts and helping hands for friends in Calais

Haircuts and helping hands for friends in Calais

We get to meet some wonderful, generous people whilst out distributing food and warm clothes in Calais, Dunkirk and Brussels. No matter how terrible the conditions, the guys we meet never hesitate to do a kindness for others – whether that’s making us a traditional Sudanese coffee or lending a helping hand to a friend in need.

‘Last week at Fort, I spoke to a 19 year old Sudanese guy who was a barber back in Sudan. He had been a barber for three years and had opened his own shop there too. He was trying to make it to Liverpool to become a barber in the UK. He showed me some photos on his phone of all the artistic hair cuts he had done, things like patterns in the men’s fades – I don’t know much about hair but it was incredible!

Another one of the guys in these photos had his birthday on the day we met him – he asked for a birthday haircut. His friend had never cut someone’s hair before, but he gave it a go and he did so well – loads better than I would have! They were both so happy with the results.’ – Natasa, Care4Calais volunteer

It is truly amazing, to see how people keep their spirits up and look out for others, even when they have so little and things can seem so bleak.

During this severe stage of the pandemic, we are more in need than ever of volunteers and donations – to get involved, email [email protected] or visit

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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