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Refugee support - Hebden Bridge collection point

Monday, 7 September 2015

Hebden Bridge collection point\

From 9 am this morning, The Hebden Bridge Town Hall collection point opened as a collection point for items needed by refugees in Calais.

They will be receiving donations from 9-5, Monday to Friday for three weeks, staffed by local volunteers.

Here's a list of what is required is needed at the moment:

  • Trainers, hiking boots, wellies (only sizes UK 7-9)
  • Tents (covers, tarpaulins)
  • Jackets (small and medium only)
  • Travelling bags
  • Socks
  • Candles and other lighting
  • Belts
  • Tracksuit trousers
  • Blankets
  • Jeans (size 28-32)
  • Smartphones with SIM
  • Sleeping bag
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Plastic bags
  • Wooly hats
  • Pants
  • Pots
  • Pans

Not needed at the moment:

  • Women's clothing or shoes
  • Jumpers
  • Children's clothing
  • Nappies, baby wipes, etc
  • Feminine hygeine products
  • Suits or formal shoes

The HebWeb will update this page as we receive more information.

If you wish to help or have questions, the group co-ordinating the collections can be contacted by messaging their Facebook page, Calderdale Calais Refugee Aid Group which also posts regular updates. For those who don't have Facebook, you may contact one of the volunteers, Ann Brown.

Update: You can help to raise the cash for the fuel and ferry by following this link to Just Giving

Labour leader calls for action to help Syrian refugees

Friday, 4 September 2015

Calderdale Labour council leader Tim Swift is backing calls for Councils across Britain to each offer to support a number of Syrian refugee families as part of a coordinated response to the crisis.

Cllr Swift said, "I want the Government to recognise that the UK must offer to take our fair share of of refugees from Syria to help tackle the immediate crisis. And they need to know that if they decide to do the right thing, hundreds of communities like ours will stand with them.

"That's why I want Calderdale Council to take a lead in offering to provide support to Syrian refugee families as part of a coordinated national response.

"I've asked Council officers to work up more detailed plans for how we can assist. I will be talking to the leaders of the other two groups to ask them to support this proposal. And I will also be talking to the leaders of other councils in West Yorkshire to see how we could enhance our efforts by working together".