New restrictions & implications
Lockdowns and Covid-19 restrictions don’t make our work any easier, but they do increase the need of those we are helping. It is vital to respect these measures in order to protect ourselves and others, but please do not let them prevent you from getting involved.
Volunteering in France:
- Travel to France: The French government is not putting restrictions on those entering France from European countries. There are however restrictions on travelling between regions in France We can provide you with all necessary documentation prior to your journey. (Info Coronavirus COVID-19/France travel advice – GOV.UK) You will need to download and complete the following document and carry it with you in order to enter France. Click here to download
- On the ground in France: Since lockdown began on October 30th, you must always have documentation with you justifying why you aren’t in your house. We will provide you with documents proving your engagement with Care4Calais prior to your arrival. There are three key documents:
- The ‘Attestation de Déplacement Dérogatoire’, a general form for necessary journeys (tick the first box for travel to and from the warehouse and the fourth box to go out on distribution);
- The ‘Justificatif de Déplacement Professionnel’, and additional form needed for commuting to and from the warehouse;
- Your Mission Order which proves you are working for Care4Calais and that it can’t be done remotely.(France lockdown: The exemption forms you need)
- Full PPE will be provided.
Volunteering in the UK:
Following the UK lockdown starting on November 5th, volunteers are permitted to continue helping those in need, as long as this is being done in accordance with social distancing measures. New National Restrictions from 5 November – GOV.UK
We are exempt from restrictions on social gatherings because we are providing voluntary services that can’t be provided from home. Coronavirus: How to help safely – GOV.UK
Your Regional Lead can send you proof of your involvement with Care4Calais upon request. Please wear a mask at all times and sanitise hands/equipment regularly.
Overall, please do prioritise your own safety and that of those you are helping, but remember that for those of you who are able to get involved, you can make a bigger difference than ever. We will support you as much as we can.