FAQ

FAQ

After confirming the dates you will be volunteering and signing our code of conduct, you will be added to a whatsapp group. Then our Field Coordinator Jonathan will contact you and give you a nice briefing with all information you need!

If you sign up please be sure you have arranged accommodation and transport!

The caravans that we had during our time at the ‘Jungle’ no longer operate as the police do not allow this operation. Fortunately we have a FAST team car which is driving the whole team around!

Most of the time you will operate in ‘the field’. We will provide safe paramedic bags with all the appropriate supplies needed. Please, if you take your own supplies, let us know in advance, as we have to check everything being used by our team members.

Be aware, that if you use supplies or medicines which are not allowed you endanger not only yourself, but also your team members and the people you are helping. This may compromise our permits and those from organisations like Care4Calais to help people.
We often get the question: "How can I help?"
Often people think that you need to be a medic to help FAST, but we need all kind of knowledge and experience! You can help in the following ways:
  • Volunteer!
  • Volunteer from home: help us writing posts on social media, apply for funds or help out with accounting! If you are interesting, please check out the vacancies-page!
  • Start a fundraiser
  • Donate!
  • Yes we have a code of conduct and we ask every volunteer to carefully read and sign this code of conduct before volunteering with FAST.
    No! We are a first aid team and only provide first aid and over the counter medicine. Please be aware that if you do give out medication you endanger yourself, your team members, our groups and especially the displaced people we are trying to help.
    FAST is responding to an emergency and providing first aid to those in need.

    Offering people conditions that meet basic humanitarian standards has no effect on their decision to leave their homes, it just reduces their suffering. The appalling conditions in Calais and Dunkirk are already having significant negative impact on people’s health and not responding is not an option according to FAST.
    If you are working in Calais and Dunkirk these are the sort of injuries you will see:
    • Common cold
    • Wounds by police violence or falling.
    • Scabies
    • Chest infection
    • Sprains/strains
    • Lacerations
    • Skin ulcers lower limb
    • Dental problems
    • Burns
    • Chronic pain issues
    • Eye issues/infections
    • Fungal toe infections
    • Trench foot
    • Allergies/hay fever
    • Requests for prescription meds
    • Gastric reflux
    • Diarrhea
    • Sleeping problems
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Anxiety/depression
    You can find all information about the requirements here; VOLUNTEERS
    We encourage volunteers to come for at least a weekend, especially when it’s your first time. If you are able to volunteer for a day please send a message to volunteer@f-a-s-t.eu and we will check out the possibilities together.
    Yes, our volunteers (in the field) need to be 18 years and older.
    Send an e-mail to volunteer@f-a-s-t.eu and we can help you with possible options!
    Yes, but only supplies which are on the list. You can find the list here; Donate materials
    Calais is safe, but there are a few nuisances to be aware of:

    You are very likely to be stopped and asked for documents by police. Keep your documents safe all the times and show them when the police asks for it.
    If asked by police to stop distribution, please comply and listen to their instructions.
    At no cost please prescribe or dispense prescribed medication or out of date supplies. If you find any donations of prescribed medications being donated, please immediately report to team leader who will destroy/remove appropriately.
    Never go out alone without the help of an organization with permission. The team leader will brief you in this before your first shift starts.
    It would be perfect if you can bring some things from the needed-list. If you can't bring any first aid supplies, please consider to bring over socks, gloves, hats, etc.

      For yourself:
    • Passport
    • Insurance papers
    • Waterproof sturdy shoes
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Drivers license
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