R.C.K Calais/Dunkirk after the fire…

18156387_10155281234486255_1390313073441109505_oWe have been very busy salvaging as much equipment from the RCK community kitchens/Women’s Centre/Children’s Centre /Wood Yard.

Being back in the camp as it was being cleared of burnt shelters and buckled kitchens was a surreal experience after being there just over a year ago when we were building this camp which was to serve as a place of refuge and safety for thousands of displaced people. It wasn’t perfect but it served its purpose and we say goodbye and swiftly move on to the new situation at hand. Continue reading

Latest on the fire at Grande Synthe in Dunkirk

17903541_10158493280585384_673737028790384261_nAs some are aware the Dunkirk Refugee Camp, Grande Synthe, was all but destroyed by fire late Monday evening. The phone calls started around 9.30pm and what followed was a tragic and long night where refugees once again had to flee to safety, losing their papers, their belongings – the little they had managed to hold on to was gone.

With the incoming news, all the volunteers from Refugee Community Kitchen arrived at the warehouse at the same time, the lights went on, the gas rings lit, chai put on the boil, flapjacks cut up, more pulses put in to soak, teams formulated, plans hatched, logistics and safety plans repeatedly talked out and constant communication with all other groups on the ground. Continue reading

Health & Safety…

Hello fine friends, family and RCK supporters, here’s a small update to keep you all in the loop.

After nearly a year and a half of service and over a million nutritious hot meals made and distributed from our kitchen at the L’auberge des Migrants warehouse HQ in Calais, we had our first official health and safety inspection from the local authorities, triggered by the mayor of Calais. We received the inspection report and although the officials were very impressed with our set up and systems they imposed refinements and environmental improvements that we had to undertake within a time frame of firstly 21 days for medium improvements and 60 days for major works.

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RCK ART AUCTION *BID NOW* (ends Weds 29th March at midnight)

RCK ART AUCTIONRCK are so pleased to have such wonderful supporters.
We would like to share with you this art auction which has some of the worlds best street artists  and sculptors giving their art for free to help others..

100% of funds raised will go directly to RCK and will be a huge boost in keeping us on the ground in mainland Europe and our UK outreach.
With a big thanks to Graffik Gallery who have organised this auction and to all the talent that have donated their awesome works of art..

Artists include BanksyBen EineCarrie ReichardtCatmanCeri RichardsCharlie McFarleyClet AbrahamCode FCDan HillierDavid YeoDot Dot DotDotmasterDr ZadokEndlessGiles WalkerGeorgieInkieInsaJef AerosolJoe RushLiam HayhowLogan HicksLucy McLauchlanMarco PoloMartin WhatsonMary FeddenMatt WatkinsMichael Sydney MooreMode 2Mr DoodlePaul InsectPete DunneSchoonyShepard FaireyStikTeddy, BadenThe Connor BrothersTony DnttVibesWreckage InternationalWebbo

Please get bidding and share this auction far and wide.

BIDDING ENDS TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT

Here’s the link http://rckartauction.com/

GET BIDDING!

Up-date from Sam Jones 19.2.17

Here’s a little update:

Outreach food is still growing in number in and around Calais (180-200 meals per day), as well as increasing food to Secours Catholique (160-200 per day) a charity who provide ongoing legal and educational support to refugees in the area.

Dunkirk hot food output stays steady at 500-600, with free shops managing to meet needs of camp population, our new shop van working to capacity very happily everyday, many thanks to thoughtful and generous donation of this van from Calais Action.

It’s clear that from our rising output to all small camps, squats and individuals sleeping rough that numbers are growing in the area.

Many thanks the crew here for herculean baking efforts, pulling an all night baking session, yealding 110 gastro’s of bread, that’s 880 generous portions of fresh focaccia style bread.

RCK mobile kitchen truck is nearing operational condition, with first plumbed gas burner tested successfully, water proof socket in place and sealing, painting and external fixing underway.

We’ve had a little re-shuffle in our warehouse space, improving our storage and working area.

With all these jobs in play everyday we need your support as ever, so if you’re thinking of coming down and getting involved, or supporting from home, please do,get in touch and tell a friend!

Many many thanks to you all for the ongoing help and support, have a wonderful day!

Much love from all RCK team

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Lush Summit 2017

Two days spent at Lush Summit 2017, serving a delicious sample of the food we have shared every day for the last 15 months in Calais and Dunkirk. We reminded everyone that the crisis is not over and highlighted the URGENT need for volunteers, we shared how easy it is to come over to work in the RCK kitchen, how accessible Calais is from the UK and how rewarding and fun it can be. Janie joined Maddie and other past volunteers from Calais to speak of their experiences. We at RCK are honoured to be part of the generous and thoughtful family that is Lush. A huge thank you to Annalisa Blake, Jacob Strauss Aitana Infante, Janie Mac, Steve Bedlam, Sam Jones, Helena Agathangelou, Eli Holloway Gallardo, Jackivan Holloway Gallardo, Dan Cole and to Lush for supporting us unconditionally from the start.

We need to keep highlighting the crisis and the need please share and come over soon!!
For volunteering information email refugeecommunitykitchen@gmail.com

Women’s Centre Re-opening

On the 7th January 2017 we had the awful news that the Women’s Centre in the Grande Synthe Refugee Camp was gutted by a fire.

Refugee Community Kitchen came down to the camp to see the devastation caused and had a meeting with Dunkirk / Dunkerque Refugee Women’s Centre and straight away agreed that the Centre must be rebuilt as soon as possible. We had meetings with the Mayors office and called on the super team of Finn Kay and Rob Crook who along with RCK designed and built the centre in March 2016.

With a few design tweaks worked out with The Women’s Centre team, new plans were submitted to the Mayor’s office and, once we had permission to repair, the team started full steam ahead to get the centre up and running as quickly as possible.

The build is now complete and we are very happy that the centre is now being handed back to The Women’s Centre team to give back a safe space and distribution to the women of the camp.

None of this would have been possible without the amazing response we had from the build team and to the many groups pledging their support in materials and funding.

RCK and The Women’s Centre would like to send a massive thanks to:

All of the wonderful individual people supporting us with their continued volunteering, donations and emotional support.

The Amazing Build Team

Finn Kay, Rob Crook, Matt Curtis, David Onthewayeast, Alan Mitchell, Sam Jones, Janie Mac, will Thomson, Steve Hyslop, Dirk Vanreusel, Alex Fry, George Brown, Henry Brown, Benji Sowter, Lally Mergler, Tom Keeling, Columba Keeling, Phill Parsley, Alex Chalcraft, Robyn Glass, Rosie Zallik Whitman, Laurel Poloway, Josh Cox, Alan Vance, Dan Shillabeer, Richard Corrall, Martin Capuano, Tom Mattey, Gwarm Ination, Epifany Echegoyen, Quentin Johns, Tom Whitehead

if i have missed any please do let me know and i will add you in..

The wonderful NGOs and Orgs for their material and financial support

Mayors office Grande Synthe
L’auberge des migrants international, Building Support through Shelter, LUSH UK, LDS Charities, Brighton Shelter Build Project, Care4Humanity, Carry The Future, Dunkirk Adult Learning Centre

Please continue supporting RCK and The Women’s Centre so we can continue to support those in need.

Thank You