DRS XMAS GIFT CARDS

Paul - DRS gardener and Santa looky likey - has had a brilliant idea! He is sending DRS gift cards to his friends to explain that, instead of giving them Christmas presents this year, he will be donating to DRS.

The cards are based on the photo and, although they are blank, can have an insert which explains how the money might be spent, e.g £1.45 will buy a food pack, £13 for a set of clothes etc

If YOU would like to order some of these cards, please tell Julie before 19th November. The more we buy, the cheaper they will be!

(If you know someone who will print them REALLY cheaply for us, please let Julie Know asap!)

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Wellybob wonderland!

You've never worn wellybobs before. You are out for a walk in an area recently flooded? What are you going to do?

There's only one thing to be done......

Get down and get amongst it!

DRS in the Peaks yesterday on a lovely trip organised by Ranald and Sally, a Peak District National Park Ranger. Massive thanks to everyone who made it happen, especially Jenny at Youlgreave Village Hall for her hospitality and the village church community, who made us so welcome.

Paris refugee support teams face possible eviction. Please help!

Paris Refugee Ground Support and Medical Aid for Refugees and Displaced individuals face eviction.

After operating for a number of years from the basement of a squat in Paris the amazing groups who supply clothing, shelter and medical help to migrants in one of the richest cities on earth now face eviction on the 28th October. The groups have created accommodation for volunteers and a massive and well organised warehousing facility. The eviction is particularly galling this year as DRS and other groups have made a massive effort to stock the warehouse ahead of the planned Brexit day of 31st October, knowing that transport of donations will become harder after that event.

The Collective which run the squat are fighting the eviction by all available means- legal, press campaigns and by barricading the entrance to the squat.

They are calling on local supporters to join them at the barricades and resist the eviction. If they can do this for 3 days they will be safe until March as under French law no eviction can take place between 1 Nov and 1 April. This is the crucial winter period when the needs of the refugees is the greatest , when their camps are repeatedly destroyed by the police and their belongings trashed . Our good friends, Kelvin and Heather, nightly take to the streets to ensure that as many people have the warmth and shelter they need to survive while our good friend Katy Last and the MARDi team look after their medical needs.
At the moment we in Britain can only send our thoughts and good wishes while the fight continues.

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DRS Aid arrives in Paris!

It's arrived! That van of aid YOU helped to fill has arrived safe and sound in Paris! Here's a message from superwoman Heather at Paris Refugee Ground Support...

"Awwwwww look-at-em!!!!!!
🐺♡Little love Effy dog came to say hello at the warehouse, sweet-sweet natured lady dog.♡🐺
👙Thankyou to darling Caroline👙
and the 😑🧙‍♂️Grumpy-Grumpster Ó Grádaigh😑🧙‍♂️ for diving all this fantastic aid from the super chappies at
Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity.
❤️Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to the people❤️"

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Shortening, sorting, snorting and cavorting...

Haircuts, donations, Old MacDonald and music and dancing. Just another morning at DRS!

Amir’s Barbers’ Shop has now had three very happy customers; Susie and the English Team learned how to make animal noises in four different languages; Amadou and Zak started on their journeys to become the new Bob Dylan and Bob Marley!

One volunteer said this morning that they had been feeling really down and nearly didn’t come today. Half an hour later they were making cockerel noises in Kurdish and English. And if Yousef dancing alone doesn’t put a smile on your face , nothing will!

Come and join us! Even if it’s just for a cup of tea and a piece of homemade cake. You will be VERY welcome.

Making a bright and brilliant future!

Over two years ago, an amazing young man called Sherko came to volunteer with DRS. He quickly became one of our most loyal and trusted volunteers and as soon as we realised he was a talented Graphic Designer, he also became the official DRS Graphic Designer.

Recently, Sherko was asked to tell his story to our friends at Migrant Help. Here is the original story and below is what he said…

https://www.migranthelpuk.org/blog/sherkos-story-fled-religious-persecution-and-dedicated-his-life-to-helping-others?fbclid=IwAR3afhydCICVfDnTWWsNQQHUxZwxThzLpfCBntoUAjUiq3PJmCXaFGsgg9c

“I’m Sherko Abdulgani and I live in Derby,

I am originally from Iran. However, being a Christian, I had to leave in 2015; the Iran government is Islamic and do not accept different religions. By being Christian I risked being killed.

I came to the UK seeking safety and freedom. English people are very welcoming, friendly and helpful to refugees. I have felt respected and supported in getting the food and money I needed, and now have many friends of all different nationalities. On my first day in the UK, a police officer told me, ‘Don’t be scared, everything will be okay. Life is sometimes hard, but we will keep you safe.’ Those words changed my life; I decided to spend my life to help people, just as that officer did.

Since then I have been supported and assisted by various different services to build my life here. My interest in volunteering to offer my support and assistance to others in the same way was intensified.

I began studying and volunteering in various different role in order to use my skills to help others, including:

  • I have been a computer technician at SmileTelecom for 3 years now, helping refugees, asylum seekers and army veterans with their devices.

  • I was a Warehousing volunteer at Derby Refugees Solidarity.

  • I have also been a Graphic Designer at IM SAVVY, creating leaflets, posters and flyers for different events.

  • I have acted as an ICT tutor at in JEM Centre, assisting refugees in learning computer basics.

  • I’m also proud to be a blood donor with Organ Donor.

I enjoy volunteering because I am a naturally friendly person and I’m really interested in helping all people regardless of their nationality, beliefs or religion. I have some skills that I want to share with others, and I am dedicated to making people happy, helping them to get out of pain and making their lives easier.

Since arriving I have studied for 12 different certificates, and after months of working and studying very hard, I was able to get paid work, including as a Graphic Designer at Derby Refugees Solidarity. Next, I plan to start studying for my TWI Diploma in Coded Welding as well as GCSE English and Maths.

I will never stop growing and building myself up to make a bright and brilliant future!”

Calling all you lovely Nottingham peeps!

DRS are delighted to announce a new drop off location for Nottingham based supporters! The very wonderful Izzy is kindly letting us use her garage near the city centre.

Izzy will be there at the following times to accept donations:

Tuesdays: 5.30 to 7.30 p.m

Saturdays 3 to 5 pm.

The garage space is perfect; clean, dry and not full of rats like some of our old storage spaces!

Donations dropped off here will be collected by DRS and then sorted. Some will go to Calais, Dunkirk, Paris, Greece etc. Others will be sold at jumble sales, ebay etc to raise funds.We accept ALMOST anything!

Please contact Izzy at: typo@myphone.coop

or on 07716086839

To arrange drop off at different times please phone Julie: 07790900017


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The Hair Force has arrived!

I know what you're thinking.... Do you know what DRS needs? Its very own barber!

Well guess what? Coming very soon, possibly Saturday! Amir - barber to the stars!

Amir was a barber back home in Sudan and he has offered to do free haircuts for anyone at DRS. (There’s a few people I could suggest right now)

Soooo many people to thank today... Alyson and Peter, bringing Moses baskets and other items from three Mothers' Unions; Belinda and Chris, Pam and Harry, Sindy and Sandie Gilvear for loads of donations, including many that will go directly to Paris on Tuesday; Rachel Emec's team for collecting ten Moses Baskets to take to Turkey and to refugee mums in Birmingham and Wakefield.

(And thanks to another lovely lady whose name we didn't catch!)