Meet our Partners
Our grassroots partners
"Since 2015 a strong and effective grassroots volunteer movement mobilised with people coming from across the UK, Europe and wider to help refugees. Volunteering their time, donating their money and driving vans of donated items to where they're most needed, ordinary people stepped up to meet the basic needs of refugees." - Vice
Prepare to be inspired by our grassroots partners here.
Niamh, Izzy, Evin, Aislinn and Billie founded Access Chios in March 2017.
"We're a small team of independent volunteers who have been working long term on Chios. In recent months many of the dominant NGOs downscaled or left the island. We've used our personal knowledge to focus on assisting highly vulnerable persons as well as advocating for those who arrived shortly after the April 2016 EU-Turkey deal and have been stuck on chios ever since."
Articulate (Charity No 1064645)
Lady Sue Miller founded Articulate in April 1997. It is run by volunteer artists, arts educators and practitioners from the UK.
"We work with children and young people who've had a difficult start in life; and continue to face some tough challenges. Our art projects help them be creatively vocal, providing them a positive environment where they are free to explore, express themselves and enjoy themselves in the process."
Svenn and Silvia founded BelgrAid in March 2017 bringing together a collection of smaller independent projects into a unified response.
"Our project is based in a warehouse on the outskirts of Belgrade. It has two primary functions, first the provision of our own aid which is predominantly hot food and clothing. And secondly to act as a hub for other grassroots organisations supporting refugees here in Serbia."
Bikes for Refugees (Scotland)
Friends Steven, Ann and Eilidh founded Bikes for Refugees (Scotland) in January 2016.
"Bikes can, and do, change lives. Ours is a volunteer-led project. By providing donated bikes free to refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland we help people explore their new surroundings and connect with local services."
Bridge2Refugees (Charity No 271 - Guernsey)
Sarah founded Bridge2 in 2005. During 2016 Bridge2Refugees was established with her son, Sam.
"Together with a team of volunteers we work to answer immediately pressing issues of those in need at Camp Veria in Greece. We get to know exactly what's required and apply all possible resources to directly provide it. No bureaucracy, no middlemen, no faffing."
CalAid (Charity No 1099682)
James founded CalAid in August 2015.
"CalAid started as a group of volunteers delivering and distributing van loads of donated clothing, sleeping bags, tents and food in Calais. Since April 2016 our focus has been on the Epirus region (north-west) of Greece where we run a free shop in Ioannina distributing clothes, hygiene products and baby care."
Calais Action (Charity No 1099682)
CARAS - Community Action for Refugees (Charity No 1124376)
Jessica and Chris founded CARAS in January 2002.
"CARAS coordinates more than 100 volunteers to welcome, value and support people who have sought refuge in the UK, prioritising newly arrived women and children. Since January, 85 new refugees and asylum seekers have come to CARAS. By the end of 2017 we expect to have supported 400 of the newest members of our community."
Brian founded Chorleywood-4-Refugees in January 2016.
"We work with local churches, schools, businesses, clubs and organisations to generate donations of items, time and money to support refugees in France, Serbia, Greece and Syria. We regularly work with other like-minded voluntary organisations in order to share resources and increase the cost-effectiveness of our activities."
Citizens of the World Choir
Lord Roger Roberts founded the Citizens of the World Choir in March 2017.
"Our choir is a coming together of music and solidarity. Music can be the great communicator and the message it spreads can be powerful. From our base in Greenwich, South-East London, we rehearse weekly. We perform 6 -7 times during a summer programme designed to promote equality and migrant rights."
Dunkirk Refugee Ground Support Network
Fellow aid workers Adrian and Isis founded DRGS in August 2017.
"The group has been born from a need to bring together volunteers helping in Dunkirk and centralize aid efforts following the destruction of the official Dunkirk Refugee Camp by the fire in April 2017. There remains a high concentration of refugees and now they are living in forests."
Hello My Friend
Friends Alice and Vanessa founded Hello My Friend in May 2017 following on from 15 months as Boots, Backpacks and Baby Carriers.
"We want to help refugees break the cycle of dependency, enhance resilience and rebuild independence and choice. Going forward we'll be supporting refugees' own initiatives and aid requests in Chios as best we can."
Help 4 Refugee Children
Friends Isis and Daniela founded Help 4 Refugee Children in May 2016..
"During several visits to the Calais and Dunkirk refugee camps delivering food and other aid we grew extremely concerned about the conditions in which children and families were living. In response we now run various creative art workshops and deliver humanitarian aid to the camps. Ultimately, we do everything we can to help child refugees."
Hero Centre - Chios
Helena founded the Hero Centre - Chios in April 2017.
"We provide educational, recreational and well-being projects for male refugees 14 years old and above in Chios. Our main aim is for the centre to be run as much as possible by the men themselves to give them purpose and autonomy. We are the first group to specifically target men, as well as the first refugee-led facility, in Chios."
Herts for Refugees (Charity No 1167716)
Friends Siobhan, Sally and James founded Herts for Refugees in August 2015.
"Currently we're supporting refugees in Paris. We're working in collaboration with a number of other groups (including Side by Side Refugees) and by pooling funds we all benefit from bulk-buy discounts. And, by sharing the load of work we are really productive; collectively achieving so much more."
Hummingbird Project (Charity No 1174970)
Elaine founded The Hummingbird Project in June 2015.
"We provide aid and solidarity with refugees in Europe and across the world. We started as an art installation and have grown through the passion and dedication of an army of enthusiastic volunteers. We also use art practice to articulate the rights of refugees from our base in Brighton."
Legal Centre Lesbos (Charity No 1099682)
Carlos founded the Legal Centre Lesbos in August 2016.
"We are a team of lawyers and professional volunteers from across Europe providing free-of-charge advice on legal matters to refugees on Lesbos, Greece. Lesbos is one of the main entry points to Europe and it's important we reach people early to help prevent tragedy."
Maslow's Community Shop
Carol, Stephen and Janette founded Maslow's Community Shop in February 2017.
"We run a shop giving free clothes and household goods to refugees, asylum seekers and people in the local community who suffer hardship. We provide free toiletries and underwear on first visits and give English classes weekly. We encourage asylum seekers to volunteer with us and they receive expenses, lunch and training."
Ommonia Supper Club
Maggie founded the Ommonia Supper Club in 2016 and has been providing support to refugees since 2015.
"I'm an independent volunteer. Whilst volunteering in Athens in 2016 I ultimately created a hot meal programme known informally as the Omonaia Supper Club to provide free meals to refugees sleeping rough. In November 2016 I went to help in Milan and my next trip will be to Ventimiglia in Italy."
One Human Race
Rando founded One Human Race in October 2015.
"Since March 2016 I've mainly been helping in Athens (10 days every month) with shorter spells in Calais, Paris and Berlin. Over the course I have built up quite an effective social media network which allows me to connect refugees and volunteers with each other in most European countries."
Kathleen founded OneQuietWarrier early in 2016.
"I saw the refugee crisis footage on tv and went to help for a few months in Chios. I returned home but couldn't forget. I decided to throw everything I had into helping. I sold everything, bought a camper van and went back. I'm currently partnering with RefuComm taking information to those who need it most."
Phone Credit for Refugees and Displaced People (Charity No 1099682)
James founded The Phone Credits Facebook Group in February 2016.
"From a fast-growing Facebook Group a team of wonderful volunteers and donors work together to provide direct and practical support to refugees in the form of phone credit. Having credit keeps vulnerable people safer, allows them access to important services and information and enables them to maintain vital contact with their separated families."
ProActive Support (Charity No 1168924)
Razia founded ProActive Support in August 2016.
"I've focused on collecting and shipping aid like clothes, blanket, toys and pushchairs to Greece, and taking aid trips to Jordan and Lebanon. I'm also now working in Lesvos working on the House of Humanity project, to deliver psychosocial support. Centre activities allow refugees to feel human again with a sense of dignity and self worth."
Sharon founded RefuComm in August 2015.
"There is no other organisation with as much material available in as many languages as RefuComm. We work with the UN, Greek Asylum Service and other key actors in the country to help get vital yet lacking information to refugees. Refugees tell us that it's more important than anything else they get right now."
Refugee Biriyani and Bananas
Ruhi and friends founded Refugee Biriyani and Bananas in January 2016.
"Formed by a group of friends who are committed to volunteering and supporting those in crisis and suffering. RBB is not a charity, nor an organisation. There are no leaders or hierarchies. We simply have an inclusive attitude and work with many different organisations, groups and individuals to make things happen."
Omar founded Refugee4Refugees in April 2017.
"As a former lifeguard, Syrian refugee Omar saw an opportunity to improve boat spotting and landing support on Lesvos. Refugee4Refugees then transports arrivals to a temporary camp where people can receive food, water, clothing, shoes, medical attention and sleep."
Refugee Language Initiative (Charity No 1170173)
Alison founded the Refugee Language Initiative in August 2016.
"We provide certified language teachers to camps and aid organisations working with refugees and IDPs (internally displaced people) throughout Europe and the Middle East. The growing demand for language education means we are growing rapidly and need to meet classroom supplies demands accordingly."
Refugee Support Greece (Charity No 1099682)
Friends John and Paul founded Refugee Support Greece in April 2016.
"In April 2016 we started operations in Camp Alexandreia in Greece. Today we support at Camp Filippiada and four other smaller camps. We try to make life a little better for everyone living on the camps through free food, clothes and shoe shops whilst also supporting the local Greek economy. Human dignity is at the heart of our activities."
Refugee Women's Centre
The Refugee Women's Centre was founded by Caroline in October 2015 based, until fire destroyed it in April 2017, at the Dunkirk Grande Synthe Camp.
"The Refugee Women's Centre is a grassroots organisation providing a safe space for vulnerable refugees in Europe, especially women. We makes the link between them and other specialised organisations (e.g. medical and legal). Our values are: dignity, cooperation, generosity, curiosity, and empowerment."
Refugees at Home
Sisters-in-law Sara and Nina founded Refugees at Home in September 2015.
"We match destitute asylum seekers and refugees with generous hosts who have a spare room. Placements can be for a day or two, or for several months. We are there when there at two critical points of support gaps in the Home Office and DWP systems."
RESPOND (Charity No 1099682)
Side by Side Refugees
Friends Katrina and Rachel founded Side by Side Refugees in September 2015.
"We help refugees by delivering all of your kindly donated items, whether bought through our online wishlists, donated through some of our local donation hubs or through cash donations. Side by Side is now an amazing community of volunteers brought together by a shared compassion to help."
Friends Cecelia, Florence, Tara and Ján founded Solidarithé in January 2017.
"Solidarithé serves refugees, and people living on the streets of Paris, a hot drink and empowering legal & practical information. Refugees need to know their rights, how the legal process works, what services are available, when and where. Our solution is a tea van that distributes information while providing tea and a safe space for refugees."
The Bike Project (Charity No 1152354)
Jem founded The Bike Project in January 2014.
"It's simple! We take second-hand bikes, fix them up, and donate them to refugees and asylum seekers across London. We always have a waiting list for bikes. Some of the bikes that we receive go on to be sold through 'The Bike Shop' from which we also sell accessories. This helps to ensure our long-term sustainability."