Wimbledon volunteers out on distribution with local action groups
‘We are so grateful to have lots of fresh fruit, snacks and other treats, as well as hygiene products, provided by Dons local Action -Wimbledon hub who are at the Wimbledon food and clothing distributions every single week.
This solidarity between local groups goes to show that the divisive narrative about who should be “prioritised” for support is so unnecessary – we love working together to support our neighbours, no matter who they are or where they’ve come from.
The food is such an essential part of our distributions because the hotel staff do their best to cater for the approximately 200 people living in the hotel, but food which might be alright for a week becomes monotonous when you’ve been living in the hotel for months on end.
Having regular access to some fresh, healthy food is really valued by the residents, especially the children who love being able to choose a few treats! We have worked in retail car parks, church halls, parks and often on the street. Now, we finally have a fixed space in a private car park that means we don’t have to worry about traffic wardens and kids running onto the road.
We also know that sharing food is about so much more than nutrition – stopping by for a chat with a coffee and a biscuit provides that little bit of normality and connection which goes such a long way when our residents are living with so much uncertainty. We have an amazing team of volunteers equipped with a smile and time to chat and help all those that come along.’ – Lilly and Seema, Care4Calais (UK) volunteers
To volunteer in the UK, email Annie@care4calais.org.