The Refugee Crisis 

Ways of helping in Otley
West Yorkshire

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 A Flock of Needles - Project
Victoria Smith

A Flock of Needles aims to bring people together in Otley to sew small handheld birds for refugee children in Europe.  Our launch event is on 
28th November 2016 at 7.30pm in the Courthouse

The Refugee Crisis is getting worse and it will probably last for some time..........

Many people are searching for ways to help -- below is a list of links to some relevant organisations.
There are efforts throughout the UK to get materials and food to the refugees in Calais and beyond.

The local aid effort seems at present a little disorganised but there is a collection point in Chapeltown and one in Horsforth - St James Church Woodside and a warehouse collection point in Batley run by One Nation.

We need to be aware that help for Calais is going to be considerable and that there is a greater need beyond, in the Middle East.

Information is becoming available through Facebook and Twitter.

Here are items that are needed, according to Calais Aid Network Leeds
The list is similar to a household inventory without the furniture.


 toothpaste and toothbrushes

 bin bags

 plastic bags

 plastic bins

 hand sanitiser

 wet wipes



 first aid kits/plasters




tinned food

 other non-perishable food (avoid donating lots of pasta)

 tin openers



 onions and garlic

 salt, pepper, spices, tomato sauce and paste, lemon juice

 water (bottles with taps are always useful)




 milk (long-life)

 sponges, dish soap

 pans, pots, grills

 cooking utensils

 cups, mugs, plates, bowls, cutlery

 fire extinguishers

 LED wind up torches


 tools, including hammers

 wood (for construction and firewood)

 duct tape


books (different languages), including multi-lingual dictionaries

 footballs, tennis sets, bats and balls

 radios (and batteries) or wind up radios

 playing cards, card games, board games, dominoes, pens, notebooks, paper

 art materials

 bicycles (for helping Calais Migrant Solidarityís activists and improve the migrantís moving capacity)

 bicycle paraphernalia including pumps, lights, locks, repair kits

 menís clothes including menís underwear, socks, sweatshirts, jackets, trousers

 menís shoes - sizes 6 to 11 (trainers or walking)

blankets  - sleeping bags -tents -backpacks.


Local Collection Point in Horsforth
St James Church Low Ln, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5QW
0113 258 6070      
This is a long term collection point for Calais and Beyond ........... as far as Iraq
There is usually someone there at the old scout hut weekday mornings.

The church is particularly asking for warm clothing and shoes for men, women, children and babies. 
These will be going to refugees in Iraq during October.

Local Collection Point in Chapeltown
Drop off point for practical donations for No Borders Leeds' collection for refugees in Calais. 
Near the Ukrainian Centre on 8 Harehills Ave LS7   

Local Collection Point in Batley 
One Nation
- Tel 07812 997 878 PKWA Manner Way WF17 7BX

Relevant links

St James Church         Horsforth  
Leeds steps up to help refugee crisis - Yorkshire Evening Post  
Chapeltown Calais Collection Point - About | Facebook  
Aid 4 Refugees | One Nation UK Collection in Batley
Here are 6 things you can do to help refugees if you live in Leeds  
No Borders Leeds  
Diocese of West Yorkshire and Dales   
European migration crisis | CAFOD  
Migrant crisis Q&A | CAFOD  
Refugee crisis - Christian Aid  
Couple overwhelmed with donations for Calais migrants - BBC News  
Secours Catholique / Caritas France - Association humanitaire caritative - ONG  
L'auberge des migrants international - Calais (Calais, France) - Non-profit Organisation | Facebook  
Organisations that are helping refugees in the Leeds Area

Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network


Solace - surviving exile and persecution


Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers 


Refugee support, Leeds office | British Red Cross

Leeds Refugee Forum  

Refugee Education and Training Advice Service

For cash donations  
Christian Aid  
Tear Fund  

Watch out for more through social media