Our impact

CRAG are currently supporting 6 charities: Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK), Care4Calais, Asylum Welcome, Collective Aid, Safe Passage and The Hope Project, all of whom are doing amazing work supporting asylum seekers across various parts of the world.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters in Charlbury and beyond, in the past 15 months we have been able to send over £34,000 to these groups and other charities working with refugee relief.

For example, RCK operate mainly in Calais and also in London, providing much needed nourishing food for people, supporting their dignity and reducing conflict.

Care4Calais were in desperate need of our help with clothing for asylum seekers, as they are doing a sterling, but ever more difficult job of dealing with regular evacuations from the camps in Calais by the French Police.

Asylum Welcome are offering outreach, advice, and a range of practical support to those of all ages seeking asylum in Oxfordshire. The problems of being housed in hotels are currently a priority.

Collective Aid’s work at the moment is focused on bringing dignity to refugees on the Serbian border, escaping often terrible circumstances in Afghanistan and Syria through the Balkan Corridor, and who are currently being treated with brutality when they are caught.

Safe Passage are crucially involved with providing much needed legal support (as well as campaigning) to asylum seekers in the UK, for example helping them to be reunited with their families.

Finally, the Hope Project is responsible for the ever growing need for provision of aid, physical goods, services, support, advice, safe and secure environment, arts and leisure facilities in Greece.

We are delighted to be supporting the work of all of these very worthwhile charities. 

With due diligence tests completed, since September we have made the following grants:

  • The Hope Project: £2,020 which paid for basic hygiene items and their electricity bill.
  • Asylum Welcome: £1,500 for outreach support
  • Care4Calais: £2,500 for tents, sleeping bags and clothes
 
The next grant for about £2,000 will go to Refugee Community Kitchen to supply meals to refugees in Northern France. 
 
And here are some of the grants we gave out in the last financial year…

Support local refugees in Oxfordshire

We sent £1,650 to Asylum Welcome in Oxford for their outreach work supporting refugees stranded in hotels.

Teach Polish to Ukrainian refugee women

We sent £1,000 to The WONDER Foundation for Polish language lessons to help 13 Ukrainian women in Warsaw get work.

Purchase 160 pairs of winter boots for refugee men in Serbia

We sent £1,795 to Collective Aid to support their work in the Subotica region of Serbia close to the Hungarian border where there are currently many refugees. 

Help projects to reunite families

We’ve sent funds to Safe Passage, a charity which supports safe routes and helps child refugees reunite with their families.

Build a pizza oven in the Lesvos camp

We sent £1,000 to the Moria Academy in Lesvos to build a pizza oven in the camp so that refugees living there can bake and sell bread.

Provide hot meals in Calais

We sent £1,000 to Refugee Community Kitchen in Calais, who provide thousands of nourishing meals a day for displaced people.