The WoodYard

The WoodYard

The Calais Woodyard prepares and distributes wood to refugees and displaced people in the region. Wood is used to cook, dry clothes, heat water to wash and to keep people warm during the winter when temperatures can drop to below -5°C in Northern France. Between November 2018 and April 2019, the woodyard distributed 266 tonnes of firewood to communities of displaced people around Calais. This autumn and winter, they need help to continue providing this vital service.

  • Where is it?

    Calais, France.

  • What will I be doing?

    Throughout the winter The Woodyard provides firewood to displaced people across Calais. 


    We are looking for volunteers to work in The WoodYard. Volunteers will be; preparing wood for distribution (breaking up veg boxes from the kitchen for kindling, splitting logs, breaking pallet wood. All trainings and equipment will be provided!), making up bags of wood, distributing. 

    As a small team flexibility and willingness to learn is key. All trainings will be provided and tailored to roles being undertaken by the volunteer.

  • What impact would I have?

    Throughout the winter The WoodYard provides firewood to displaced people across Calais.

    Wood is used for cooking, cleaning, keeping warm and bringing communities together in harsh winter conditions. Between November and July we processed and distributed 296.172 tonnes of wood reaching up to 1800 people daily. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we extended the time we were running through July and August enabling people access to fire wood to cook when hot food distributions had been suspended.

  • Who will I be working with?

    We work with displaced people in the Calais area. The communities we support are from a number of different nationalities and ethnicities.


  • Minimum age

    18 years

  • Accommodation

    We have some accommodation available in a shared static caravan at  €240 (+ €75 returnable deposit) for 1 month. Other arrangements can be made if staying for over 1 month. There are also a number of other options in Calais including local volunteers with beds to rent and the youth hostel has a discounted rate for volunteers.