Direct, Independent Caravan Donations

Jungle Canopy will usually cover all aspects of preparation and delivery of donated caravans to refugee families in the Calais Jungle.

If you would prefer to deliver your own caravan, we are happy to provide any support you require. If you would like us to share our contacts, or to offer any advice, please contact our team.

The situation in Calais is fluid and the attitude of the French CRS (riot police) changes with the wind. If you contact us before you plan to arrive, we can provide you with up to date information, and recommendations for gaining entry to the Jungle.

We will also be able to let you know about any families or vulnerable people we have identified as being in urgent need.

It may help to know how we prepare a caravan for deployment. Caravans are so welcome in the Jungle. They’re not actually as warm as an insulated wooden shelter, but they are always preferred by refugees. This is because they’re so clearly a “home”. They have windows, curtains, beds, cupboards…

We try only to deliver caravans in which we would be prepared to stay ourselves. We aim to make every donated caravan, as beautiful as possible.

Caravan Bed 2
Caravan Bed

Guidance notes:

Critical:
  • Dry (no damp).
  • Weatherproof.
  • Clean inside.
  • Name the caravan (and write the name on the side).
    – We can’t track them otherwise!
  • External hasp and sturdy combination padlock fitted.
  • Bolt fitted internally for security at night.
  • Gas regulator and bottle removed.
  • French fittings differ from UK; the temptation to gaffer tape a connection presents a serious safety risk.
  • Fire Extinguisher
Ideal:
  • Bedding provided for six people.
  • Duvets.
  • Warm blankets – “old school” boiled/felted wool are the best.
  • Curtains.
  • Cooking pots and utensils.
  • Including two large “all-in-one” family cooking pots.
  • Crockery and cutlery.
  • Solar lighting.
  • “Luminaid” inflatable light bags are excellent.
  • Solar fairy lights are available online.
  • If solar lighting is not available, battery powered fairy lights (with spare batteries).
  • Torch and spare batteries.
  • Food parcel.
  • Tinned fish.
  • Rice.
  • Chickpeas.
  • Biscuits.
  • Onions.
  • Tomatoes.
  • Eggs.
  • Cooking oil.
  • Wetwipes (loads of them!)
  • Toiletries (soap, toothpaste etc).
  • Surface cleaning wipes.

Ensure you keep the caravan locked when you drive into the Jungle and only give the key/combination code to the head of the family to whom you are donating it.

You will struggle to deploy the caravan without a 4×4 vehicle. Feel free to contact us for help.

An awning is a real bonus for a family. If you are providing one, then please do get in touch. They’re a pain to erect but we can introduce you to refugee friends who are experienced with awnings and pleased to help.

If there is any aspect of the process with which you would like assistance, please do not hesitate to ask us. We can provide drivers to help collect and move a caravan across the UK, any level of assistance you require with preparation, channel crossings or final deployment.

Good luck…and THANK YOU!!!!

Caravan Bed 3