As we have been supported by the old Bolitho School with free storage space for our weekly collections since the spring of 2017 we are able to support several organizations.
Members of Y.E.S have worked together since the beginning of the huge exodus from the Middle East to Europe, firstly in Greece when the refugee crisis was at its peak and then, when the borders to Europe finally shut and refugees found themselves in terrible situations in camps, on the mainland and the islands. We have a unique mix of skills with many Yezidi key workers and doctors living and working in Kurdistan, Iraq as well as Europe, and many International humanitarians who either consult on medical issues or facilitate with fundraising.
Open Hearts Open Borders - Refugee Aid (OHOB) is a grassroots community led organisation. Since 2015 in partnership with other refugee aid groups and local businesses we have been providing aid locally and internationally; we are all volunteers from the community across Devon and Cornwall. We look at long term solutions and welcome refugees into our hearts and into our communities. We simply want to help those who have suffered the consequences of displacement, so, OHOB provides a platform for this support and help to happen. We cover a wide drop off area across the South West to ensure that the donations of essential aid items reach those across Europe primarily in France and Greece. We ship pallets and containers of aid on a regular basis and once a year we run our Gift Box appeal.
Our main European partners and the projects supported by the generosity of the South West are Mobile Refugee Support (Dunkirk and Calais), Attika Human Support (Lesvos Greece), and Hope Cafe (Athens Greece). We also send aid on an ad hoc basis and upon request to other projects, which have included Humanitarian Support Agency (Kara Tepe Greece), and the One Happy Family Community Centre (Lesvos Greece).
OHOB is becoming a real focus for creating change through the kindness of a network of volunteers and supporters ranging from individuals and families to South West businesses, church groups, refugees, clubs and associations, charities and community groups.
For more information, ways to help and our current needs list we can be contacted via email – email@example.com
Mobile Refugee Support provides mobile aid, consolidation and support to refugees and displaced peoples. Our organisation is currently based and operating in northern France where we attempt to target locations that have been neglected by governments and larger NGOs.
MRS supplies basic essentials and necessities in order to enable more bearable conditions for those stranded without homes or safety in foreign countries. A vital aspect of the aid we provide relates to the accessibility of communication, via free wi-fi, free phone repairs and the provision of SIM cards and emergency phones. This also includes providing a source of relevant, helpful and up-to-date information.
The Cornwall Refugee Resettlement Network is a committed group of like-minded people who are passionate about Cornwall being a place of welcome, refuge and sanctuary. Our members have worked on a variety of different initiatives and therefore bring with them a variety of different skills and expertise; this also means we have a broad perspective on the challenges around refugee resettlement, and are well placed to help other groups interested in supporting this vision. Although the network has no specific religious affiliation, there are many faiths represented as well as those of no faith.
Bringing up children is an expensive business but we are all in this together! Welcome to our group where you can share children's clothes, toys, equipment etc with other parents, for free. You can also get involved with the Penwith Kid's Clothesline Winter Clothes station at The Centre, Newlyn by donating children's clothes for re-distribution or volunteering your time. With the help of our community we are hoping to set up more clothes stations, where kid's clothes are free for all 🙂