Collection for Calais

THE SRC will be helping the University community support the ‘collection for Calais’, writes Liam King, President of the SRC.

The SRC Welcome Point in the John McIntyre will be a drop off point for anyone who wishes to donate clothing or supplies to refugees and asylum seekers in Calais and Europe.

We will be supporting the Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers.

The Welcome Point is open Monday 9.30-5pm , Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 9-5pm, Friday 9-4pm

A list of urgent and desirable donations is below.

Clothing – Please keep in mind it's nearly winter and we will need warm clothing and we are particularly desperate for male clothing

  • Jackets - urgent (no wool coats) tracksuits, hoodies, jumpers, t-shirts, joggers, jeans, hats, gloves, scarves & socks
  • Underwear – especially women's
  • Shoes - most urgent - PLEASE make sure that shoes are sporty, trainers or walking shoes, no leather shoes, no heels, no wellies! We need mostly men’s shoes, but women’s trainers are fine too and can be given to boys as well.

Shelter & Living

  • Tents – urgent big sized tents are best as people like to live together and they allow standing up.  We will be delighted with anything we can get, although due to the weather and the constant use strong/heavy/canvas/army type would last far longer
  • Thick plastic sheeting – mainly used for agriculture (they make shelters from this)
  • Tarps and groundsheets – again to build shelters, the bigger the better  
  • Sleeping bags, blankets and duvets – urgent
  • Mattresses, sleeping mats
  • Coleman type stoves
  • Pots, pans, stove kettle (not electric as they don’t have access to power supplies) – some people are making up packages with a couple of pans, plastic plates/cups, sponge and cleaning products


  • Unisex hygiene kits - toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shower gel, body lotion
  • Disposable razors - cheap ones and don’t include these in the wash bag please
  • Sanitary products – pads only they do not use tampons please don’t include these in the wash bag

Additional items such as mobile phones are welcomed.

First published: 7 September 2015