Refugee crisis: find your nearest collection

Collection map

Google map lets people search for their nearest drop-off point to send supplies to Calais

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4th September 2015 by Paul Cardwell 22 Comments

Those looking to support people in refugee camps by donating clothing, toiletries or camping equipment can now use a map on Google to easily find their nearest collection point.

The map (below) shows grassroots donation points across the world.

All you have to do is zoom in to your part of the country to find your nearest collection point.

For most locations there is a link to take you to your local collection’s website or Facebook page

The map is by no means exhaustive but is a good place to start for those unsure of where they can donate.

Another great place to go to is the Calaid Facebook page or its website. Calaid is trying to unite individual groups by organising fortnightly collections of goods to take to Calais with collection points across the country.

It is also accepting financial donations via its crowdfunding page - originally set up to raise £1,000 it has now raised over £100,000.

Some of the donations that are badly required include shoes and trainers from size 7-11, tents, small and medium size jackets, travel bags, sleeping bags and toiletries. A full list of is on the Calaid website.

15th September 2015 by Rosie Rickeard

Our office has been collectively discussing how we might help. If we were to get together things that are on your request list, can we send by carrier to you rather than drop in? Look forward to hearing from you before I get the ball rolling here!

15th September 2015 by Paul Cardwell

Hi Rosie, unfortunately our office isn't one of the collection points. If you find the nearest collection point to you by using the map above and contact them directly they should be able to help you though.

15th October 2015 by Sakeeb

How can I add us on there as a drop off point ?

29th December 2015 by tom serpell

Any collection points current in Sussex or Kent please? Got stuff but only a car load.

6th January 2016 by Paul Cardwell

Hi Tom,If you zoom in on the map you can see the different collection points in your area - some may have closed now as the article is from September 2015 but most still have links to organisations that may be of help to you.Paul

12th January 2016 by Vanessa knox

Hello, could you please tell me where we can drop off clothes in Epsom. I see you have a drop off point there. Thank you. Vanessa

12th January 2016 by Paul Cardwell

Hi Vanessa, try contacting CalAid Surrey ( who may be able to help you.

17th January 2016 by Carol sinnott

Hi I work as an activities coordinator in a residential home for people with dementia. I am encouraging some of the ladies to knit,some ladies are very good,they would like to donate their knitting to the refugees in Syria and it has given them good incentive for it to go to a good cause.would you let me know if you have a local collection point for me to drop off their work, I live in Chelmsford in Essex . Many thanks regards Carol Sinnott .

26th January 2016 by Ann Mathias

Hi. Is there anywhere in Manchester or Stockport collecting clothing and soap, for example, to take to Calais/Dunkirk? Googling gives historical info, charities don't seem to know. 26/1/16

12th February 2016 by Jacqui Bedder

Please can you tell me the nearest collection point in Norwich for good articles of mens clothing

27th February 2016 by Aminah

Hi,We are a school based in Reading and would like to help the refugees crisis by becoming a collection point to show our community support - How do we go about doing this?Regards,

18th March 2016 by Angela northover

Please could you tell me the nearest drop off point for bags of clothes in the chandlers ford area near Southampton Hampshier

11th May 2016 by Jo

Hi,I have some sleeping bags, blankets and childrens clothes to donate. I live in North West London. Can you let me know if there are any drop offs near to me. ThanksJo

8th September 2016 by yvonne groggins

Hi, can you tell me if there is any drop off point in cumbria, I have clothes and bedding shoes to donate for the refugee camps.

9th February 2017 by Lena

My friends and I have made a knitted blanket. Where could we donate it? We live in North London.

13th February 2017 by Helen wild

I have a collection of warm clothes and shoes for refugees. I have looked on the map which gives a postcode in Leamington Spa but no specific address to drop off. Please can you help?

8th March 2017 by Janice Campbell

I have clothes for young women, men and adult clothes I would like to donate. Can you please let me know if there is a place in the Glasgow area I can take them to.

16th April 2017 by Judy Woodward

I have 6 bags of ladies clothes which I would like to donate for Syria I live in Reading and I think the nearest drop off point is Newbury if this is so please can you let me have the full address. Many thanks Judy woodward

25th June 2017 by Amin Gulamhusein

Hello. I would like to donate clothes, shoes, toiletries specifically to Third World refugees in order to help them. I live in Hounslow, West London and would like details of donation points close to my home address. Plse let me know what other items u are happy to accept. I will insist that whatever I donate is distributed to the poor FREE and without any cost to them. Thank you. Amin

12th October 2017 by FIONA McCoy

I live in Redhill surrey- where can I donate?

5th November 2017 by Hearn

We are a local charity based in Blandford Forum, Dorset (DT11 8SL). We are on Care4Calais/Help refugees registers and seem to have disappeared from your global map recently. We were there last month and as far as we knew then the only continuously active collection and distribution centre in Dorset! here are our details: Blandford CARES:" Collecting Aid for Refugees - Europe and Sudan. We have been in existence since August 2015 and have regularly delivered to L'Auberge des Migrants and supported the Refugee Community Kitchens. We also liaise with Taunton RAFT to send aid to other European camps and Africa. We are based at Blandford United Reformed Church where we have our sorting rooms. For more information either mail us (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or call 07768403512. You can also find us on Face Book. Please can you restore us to your map

7th April 2020 by Nathalie Mewes

Hello,I have 3 bags of clothes men, kids and women clothes that I wish to donate to your charity or anyone who might need it. Do you organise collection, I live in nw5. Thanks