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.
    Volunteers will be preparing wood for distribution (breaking up vegetable boxes from the kitchen for kindling, splitting logs and breaking pallet wood), making up bags of wood and distributing. As a small team, flexibility and willingness to learn are the most important things. All training will be provided and tailored to roles being undertaken by the volunteers.

  • What impact would I have?

    The WoodYard provides firewood to displaced people across Calais. The wood is used for cooking, cleaning, keeping warm and bringing communities together in harsh winter conditions. Last year, 266.338 tones of wood were distributed between November and April, reaching up to 750 people daily.

  • Who will I be working with?

    You will be working with displaced people in the Calais area. The communities they support are from a number of different nationalities and ethnicities.


  • Minimum age

    18 years

  • Accommodation

    The project has some accommodation available in a shared static caravan. This costs 240 euros (plus a refundable deposit of 75 euros) for one month. Other arrangements can be made if staying for over one month.

  • Minimum time

    1 month

  • Extra Costs

    Lunch is provided by RCK at the warehouse every day. Donations for it are optional but highly appreciated.

  • Skills required

    • Community Services
    • Manual Work / Labourer
    • Logistics
    • No skills required

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