Local Group Mapping


In the last three months we have seen a huge increase in local communities coming together, responding positively to the refugee crisis. This has led to them starting up local groups in aid to support them. The majority of the groups are collecting clothes, nappies, blankets and food, in order to donate them locally. However, the groups have come across a few barriers to whom and where to dispatch their items, so are asking local charities such as our self’s if we have the capacity to be able to distribute them to our clients.

The mission statement of these groups appear to be the governments not doing enough, therefore we, as, society will.








  • North Devon Sanctuary for Refugees – Barnstaple, Bideford, Merton, Okehampton, Chagford, Westward Ho!, Ilfracombe, Lynton, Abbotsham, Bickington, Bude
    Set up to coordinate groups in the area, information sharing, gathering collections (no details of any current collections in place)


  • Totnes and Exeter Calais refugee Solidarity
    Did the Friends meeting house clothes collection – no current collections, (there will be discussion soon re focus of the group in the next few days) presently information/gathering/sharing









  • Beyond Boarder Totnes (BBT)
    Is a non-profit community project, based in Totnes, that brings local people and asylum seekers under the umbrella of well-being to establish a cultural dialogue and to help refugees and asylum seekers to build emotional resilience, overcome social isolation. They collaboratively work alongside other organisations, such as, British Red Cross and our self’s. They arrange UK workshops with events that show reality of situations and challenges particular groups will face on arrival.In contrast to those groups who are particular raising awareness of conditions across the boarder. They are raising and collecting items to ship across boarders for when refugee/ asylum seekers arrives. These include blankets, food, camping equipment and so on. These groups are facing particular barriers when it comes to shipment and its cost. Therefore, have been contacting local organisation with either help towards the costs of shipment or enquiring if small organisations have the capacity to distribute collections to our clients.


  • Ottery Refugee Support Group
    After becoming aware of the Syrian Refuge crisis Mel felt compelled to call a meeting in her local community of Ottery St Mary s. She has already taken out 20kilos of donations.Identify local landlords who would be willing to rent out their properties to house refugees. The list is given to East Devon District Council (EDDC) who would have the responsibility to house people if they were to be dispersed into East Devon. This would indicate to the Local Authority that housing is available in our local area. Lobbying the government to say that we want them to increase their current quota of 20,000. This would be via a letter to our local MP Hugo Squires.

                • By donating money
                • By volunteering to go out to Calais to support.
                • By Lobbying local, District and County Councils.
                • By producing a template for a letter that people could use to lobby their M. P to increase the current quota.
                • To publicize the various organizations and ways that people can help and support and how they might to do this.

    Contact: Melanie Argent hectorargent@hotmail.com




  • People to People Solidarity
    Have a warehouse -. Collecting any clothes, tents, bedding, toiletries and food
    Address – The Old Auction house, canal Rd Taunton TA11PN
    Opening Hours –    Mon/Wed 10-3pm, Tues11-3pm, Fri 9.30-2.30pm Sat 10-5pm


  • St Ives Personal Drop off Point








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