DRS Pre-Calais Awareness training is primarily designed to give DRS members considering volunteering in Northern France an idea of the physical and emotional demands of volunteering in Northern France together with knowledge of the structures of the aid organisations which we support in France. In addition, the course aims to raise awareness of the general and particulars of the refugee situation we are attempting to alleviate.
The two courses, in January and February, were attended by 18 people, half of whom were active DRS members considering volunteering in France. Following the courses we now have many more of our wonderful volunteers ready and waiting to get over there and make an even greater contribution to helping migrants and asylum seekers.
The other half of the attendees were people who DRS members have spoken to about our work and who came to the course to learn more. This just shows the importance of our members talking to friends, family and colleagues about what DRS does. At the end of the courses these people showed greater interest in volunteering with DRS, going to Calais or joining their local refugee and asylum seeker support groups.
Anyone else, DRS members or not, who would like to attend a future course should get in touch with Bob.