The importance of reaching out

The importance of reaching out

When I talk to the refugees we help in the UK, they often say, ‘We have the support services, but you’ve actually made a difference by coming in person, by chatting to me one on one.’

That’s because they’ve made a connection with a volunteer. I got a message recently saying they’d really suffer if we weren’t around, because we make them feel like they’re appreciated in the UK. I think it’s the same in Calais – just that friendly human contact is important because many of them haven’t experienced it for a long time. A lot of Care4Calais’s work is the social side.

Often, they need a volunteer just to listen – it’s amazing what listening and being there for someone can do.

–  Katey, Care4Calais volunteer, London

A simple, friendly conversation can be a huge help to the mental health and self-esteem of refugees, and our volunteers provide it everyday. If you could help, connect with us at

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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