Volunteering really makes a difference
This weekend we had a brilliant two days with over 70 volunteers from Stand Up To Racism. We visited various different locations in Calais and Dunkirk taking hundreds of packs filled with everyday essentials like spray deodorant, wet wipes, snacks, t shirts, underwear and socks. After the distributions we stayed to play games, share refreshments, talk and listen to the refugees.
The younger people loved playing some clapping and word games and were clearly enjoying all the positive attention and interaction with the volunteers. A brilliant group of volunteers enabled the boys to forget for a few minutes they were in one of the most hostile places on Earth for refugees by engaging using movement and rhyme. It was beautiful to watch and showed once again that there is so much more to our job than delivering aid.
One volunteer in particular brought some sound equipment and encouraged the refugees to be creative and make their own music. They get so little stimulation of this kind. It was fabulous to see them enjoy it.
If you would like to brighten someone’s day with ordinary human interaction, please do get in touch to volunteer with [email protected]