Convoy to Calais - Refugees Welcome Here

Please note the 13:55 Dover to Calais ferry has now sold out. You can however book individually on the following 14:45 ferry (arriving 17:15 French time) for the same discounted price by calling this number, 

0871 664 8005

Please tell the operator you are with the Convoy to Calais. If you succesfully make a booking - please let us know at with "14:45 BOOKING" in the subject.
Please send us your vehicle reg, contact details and names of passengers.


More Info:

Now is the time for solidarity with refugees: Register below for the Convoy to Calais - Saturday 18 June 2016

  • Hundreds more refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean, the British government are refusing to even take parentless children from Calais, and Syrian refugees are being forced back into the jaws of the war they have fled.
  • The Convoy to Calais on 18 June will be a huge demonstration of solidarity with refugees from the people of this country. The major unions are in. The biggest social movements are in. The Muslim community is in. Are you?
  • This is practical aid but it is also a huge moving protest at the way governments across the continent are failing refugees. This is the time to come together and say: stop the scapegoating, solidarity with the refugees.

Organised by People's Assembly Against Austerity, Stop the War Coalition, Stand up to Racism, Unite the Union, Communications Workers Union, TSSA, War on Want, Momentum & Muslim Association of Britain, ASLEF, FBU, Humanitas, FBU and UNISON.

Here's what you can do:

  • Come on the Convoy. We need every last lorry, van, bus, car, motorbike or scooter that can come to be with us. Let us know you're coming by registering, and do make a donation to help with the costs. Even if you have to peel off at Dover and cant make it all the way. (Initial itinary below)
  • Collect: we need material, and money. Collect in your workplace, union, community, place of worship or just among your friends. Every bit counts. Download the full aproved donation list HERE.
  • Drop Off Points: You can find a drop off point near you HERE.
  • Even if you haven't collected anything do come on the Convoy. We need hands to unload and a massive show of solidarity.

For those that want to support the convoy but can't come, we'll be holding a series of actions for, Stand with Refugees Day in collaboration with many other campaigns and charities.

This includes the 9:30 Convoy Send Off Rally and after the convoy has departed, there'll be a 1 hr silence at Parliament Sq. at 12:00pm.

More details can be found HERE

Please note: We are taking a absolutely huge amount of aid to Calais. To facilitate a smooth operation, we are asking as much aid as possible to be moved from individual cars into larger vehicles, either by taking your aid to a drop off point in advance or by loading your aid onto the Lorry at Whitehall on Saturday 18th. No aid whatsoever is allowed to be delivered directly to the camp... if you want to take aid to Calais in your own vehicle let us know and we'll point towards our 'pop up depot' in Calais! 


ITINERARY FOR CONVOY (subject to change)

Friday 17th June

  • 9:00 to 18:00: Drop off aid donations in London Address TBA
  • 18:00: Convoy to Calais London Rally Emmanuel Centre

Saturday 18th June

  • 08:30: Vehicles Assemble on Whitehall
  • 09:30/10: Convoy departs
  • 09:30  Send off rally and guest speakers
  • 12:00  One hour Solidarity Silence in Parliament Square (for those staying Londo4)
  • 13:00: Convoy arrives at Dover
  • 13:55: Ferry departs / Rally at Dover for those who can't make it to Calais
  • 16:00: Convoy arrives in Calais
  • 18:30: Solidarity Event at Calais
  • 21:00: Convoy Departs
  • 22:40: Ferry departs Calais


Vehicles will assemble from 8:30am along Whitehall. Make sure you register in advance & get there on time. 

PLEASE NOTE: The ticket to Calais INCLUDES a return ticket on the ferry - limited spaces available so please book up asap.

Whatever else you do spread the word:

The flyer is HERE. | The Facebook page is HERE | The International appeal is here in ENGLISHFRENCHGERMAN and SPANISH.

See you on the road!

More Info: or email,


June 18, 2016 at 8:30am - 8:30pm
Whitehall, London
London SW1A 2ET
United Kingdom
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  • Helen Tucker
    commented 2016-06-20 16:45:04 +0100
    Thank you so much to all those generous donors – your aid is safety tucked in my passport if it’s cash or stored in my car if it isn’t. I understand the plan is to put pressure on the French Gov. to transport the aid themselves – if there’s no movement on this I plan to go over again in a couple of weeks. YOUR AID WILL ARRIVE.
    I got to the port early so went through Border Control individually, but was still searched and refused entry. I met people who had driven down from Glasgow and Leeds! I had many nappies, tampax and tins of sardines: Terrorism? Football hooliganism? State of Emergency – well yes, it is that.
  • Hilary de Havilland
    commented 2016-06-19 10:08:12 +0100
    Congratulations everyone who organised and made it yesterday. I’m sorry most of you didn’t get through. If you are interested in finding out more or getting more involved with the Calais refugee solidarity movement there are a number of ways. is a great place to start.

    As is

    There are a number of volunteering opportunities in the camp from medical assistance to building to helping in the donations warehouses. One which needs large numbers of volunteers and can be done in a weekend or even a day trip is litter picking. Here is the fb group.

    I hope it’s ok to post this here.
  • Helen Tucker
    commented 2016-06-17 09:56:51 +0100
    CONVOY TO CALAIS – 18TH JUNE: WE’RE STILL GOING. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR PASSPORT AND A COPY OF YOUR TICKET. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON! Julie Bremner, a member of Stand up to Racism Norwich, who is taking part in the convoy, said: “It isn’t going to stop us. We will still go and will travel to Dover as we had planned and get as far as we can go. Hopefully the pressure of 250 vehicles will make them change their minds. When we are on their doorstep, wanting to help people who are hungry, thirsty and cold, how can they turn us away?” Jean Thirtle, a senior steward at Unison Norfolk, said: “We are facing the largest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century and cannot turn our backs on these desperate people.” In less than an hour, a petition calling for David Cameron to intervene in the situation, received more than 500 signatures. The convoy is supported by various organisations including Unison, the Muslim Association of Britain, Momentum and Unite. One of the vehicles scheduled to travel to Calais is a 38-tonne truck. On the Stand up to Racism website, a statement says: ‘The convoy is going to go to Dover whatever happens. We will be calling on all our supporters to turn up in Dover and demand that we are allowed to get on the ferry we have booked and paid for. “We are calling for a mass protest at this undemocratic and authoritarian decision, we demand that the British government tell the French authorities that this is unacceptable and that we should be allowed free passage.’
  • Susan Maskrey
    commented 2016-06-16 23:09:27 +0100
    I can offer 2 places for anyone going to London from South Wales, or who can get to London but wanting to go on to Dover? However I’m staying in Dover overnight before I go back so wouldn’t be able to offer a lift back to South Wales until the next day. I’m in Rhondda Cynon Tag so could take people from Tonypandy, Pontypridd, Aberdare, etc. X
  • Ashfaq Ahmed
    commented 2016-06-15 11:19:15 +0100

    We are two people looking to join the convoy from London, and we have emailed email address over a week ago, yet no one has come back to us to confirm if there are spaces on the convoy as we would like to assist with unloading at Calais. It seems like you can’t even book to come onto the convoy now (as passengers) as the ‘sale has ended’. We are completely in the dark and there only appears to be the above email to contact anyone, yet we get no response.

    Please can anyone advise on how we can still come and whether anyone is travelling from Surrey at all?
  • Emily Johns
    commented 2016-06-15 10:18:25 +0100
    Hi, we are going over by train, could you let us know where the 18.30 solidarity event is going to be?
  • Helen Tucker
    commented 2016-06-10 20:32:35 +0100
    I’m told that if you ARE NOT booked on the ferry to go over to Calais then you can drop off your donations at the drop-off points mentioned.
    If YOU ARE booked on the ferry then you can take your donations over in your own car and pass them on at Calais – they have booked a big lorry. We took them ourselves to the warehouse last time, but the lorry will do it for us.
    NO DONATIONS TO BE TAKEN DIRECTLY TO THE CAMP – see Jacky’s comment below.
  • Susan Maskrey
    commented 2016-06-10 17:50:28 +0100
    Hi, I’m driving myself from South Wales. I have a few donations and I’ve booked to go to Calais, but I was under the impression that I would be able to take them to Calais first; however, I had an email saying to take it to a drop off point. I do not know of any drop off points in South Wales. The nearest information was for a Jack Hazeldine in Bristol which was unrecognised when I tried several times to contact it. So I now have no idea what to do with my donations. Is there anywhere in Rhondda Cynon Taf I could take it to, or contact, as I have no chance to get to Bristol between now and the event?

    Plus: Is there anybody in Rhondda Cynon Taf going on foot, as I am currently driving myself and would appreciate the company on such a long drive. I could take two people, possibly three if we have to drop off our donations before travelling (and I actually get to contact someone!). I have booked to stay in a B&B in Dover (if we get back by 11 pm British time) and plan to travel home the next day.x
  • Helen Tucker
    commented 2016-05-19 15:45:17 +0100
    Hello, I’ve only been once (see below), but I can’t see what the problem is – we just dropped supplies at the warehouse then went back to the ferry???
  • Jacky Vanguard
    commented 2016-05-19 10:14:04 +0100
    I just received this message from a volunteer: I am so worried about this event. No details have been given of the end point and organisers will not answer the question despite me asking many many times.

    If it ends anywhere near the camp then the refugees will be the ones paying the price for the disruption and that’s really not ok.
  • Paula Grogan
    commented 2016-05-18 13:41:12 +0100
    Hi Nazmin,
    Its nice to here someone else is thinking of going by coach! I’m waiting for more information about it too!
  • Nazmin Akthar-Sheikh
    commented 2016-05-16 23:20:56 +0100
    Hi. I live in Oxford so was wondering how I would be able to get on the coach from London? How would I meet up with the convey? And I presume I choose the “don’t have a car” option to get a place on the coach? Sorry for the number of questions, just want to make sure I am booking the right thing! Thanks
  • Paula Grogan
    commented 2016-05-15 07:04:13 +0100
    Hello again Helen, I just realised that you would have to have booked 2 people when you were booking ferry ticket, if I was to be able to go with you. So no worries – I was too late in asking!
    I don’t mind getting a coach ticket, but can anyone tell me how I can meet up with with the convoy, either on the ferry or at Callais? And if anyone else is going by coach please let me know!
  • Paula Grogan
    commented 2016-05-14 19:28:27 +0100
    Hello Helen, I would like to go on the convoy, but I don’t have a car. If I made my way to Dover would you consider taking me as a passenger, as it would be nicer to go with someone than alone on a coach!
  • Helen Tucker
    commented 2016-05-13 18:51:03 +0100
    I’m trying to book ferry on-line – need to wait for some code to finish it off – but will persevere…………
  • Paul Burrows
    commented 2016-05-13 17:11:51 +0100
    I paid £25 to register my vehicle on May 5th and I now need to pay a further £40 for the ferry ticket whereas people registering from today need only pay a total of £40. Can I claim my £25 back?
  • Jimmer
    commented 2016-05-13 13:30:26 +0100
    To be honest, I don’t know – I’m not a politician. What I do know is that I can’t just turn a blind eye to people suffering. (Although it’s easy to find excuses for doing so).
  • Jimmer
    commented 2016-05-13 12:56:30 +0100
    There are some human beings in need, and other human beings who can help them. It’s not that complicated really.
  • Helen Tucker
    commented 2016-05-13 09:58:36 +0100
    Hiya Ramon, Last time I went we delivered donations from locals, friends and family including food, medicine, toiletries and clothes. We drop the supplies off at a warehouse – quite heavy work in the rain so the last thing on my mind was taking a photo! The supplies keep them healthy and comfortable until some resolution can be won. I’m 54, I’ve got a family and I work – ‘painfully naive’?, don’t be silly – you need to get out more – come and help me carry the boxes next time so that my back doesn’t get hurt- do something useful.
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  • Helen Tucker
    commented 2016-05-05 17:07:17 +0100
    I’m taking my car, but will meet the convoy at Dover (I live nearby). It’s only a small car so hope it’ll be full of donations, but might be room for a passenger if you need it?? Helen Tucker
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