Secure Donations
CRAG is a branch of ​​​​​​​​​​Carlisle One World Centre a local charity addressing global issues. ​
The company number is 4171458 and the charity number is 1088693.
If you'd like to make a donation by cheque, cash or any other method, please contact us for details. (Contact at the bottom of the page).
Material donations needed:

  • Mens’ coats, hoodies, jumpers, T-shirts socks, underpants (new only please), joggers and jeans. All in Small/Medium sizes.
  • Sleeping-bags
  • Blankets 
  • Mens’ hats/scarves/gloves
  • Walking shoes / soft walking boots / trainers sizes 6-10
  • Tents – Pop-up tents are urgently needed for refugees in Paris.
  • Money! This is either spent on delivering physical goods to France, on purchasing goods that can be delivered directly to volunteers there, or is sent to other charities or groups of whom we have first-hand experience and know that they are doing appropriate work with refugees. (Usually in France or Turkey.) 

Op Shop Drop-Off points in Carlisle:

  • Botchergate OpShop: 157-159 Botchergate, Carlisle CA2 1SG   --  Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
  • Botcherby OpShop:  6-7 Croft Terrace, Botcherby, Carlisle CA1 2SN   --  Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
  • Harraby OpShop: 5 Central Avenue, Harraby, Carlisle CA1 3QB   --  Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
  • Morton OpShop: 31 Stonegarth, Morton, Carlisle CA2 6PD   --  Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
  • 5RoadsEnd OpShop: 1 Boundary Road, Currock, Carlisle CA2 4HH   --  Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
  • Penrith Opshop: Angel Lane, Penrith CA11 7BP   --  Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

If you do not have any material goods to give but would like to donate something useful, our partner organisation, Help Refugees, has set up a page through  LeisureFayre. All items on the page are listed by priority-need, and they are sent directly from LeisureFayre directly to our warehouse in Calais for immediate distribution to the refugee camps. If you have problems with the link above, this is their web address:

To donate cash, which is always very welcome, please click on the BT MyDonate Tab at the top of the page. 

Get a LOVE Tee-Shirt and help raise funds for destitute refugees

At a time when the world faces many challenges; when rhetoric of hate and division has found itself centre stage; we believe sharing this simple message has never been more vital.

We all have a choice. To be motivated by fear and animosity, to build walls and turn our backs on the world. Or to nurture the hopeful; to recognise our common future. To choose love. The world can feel broken, but everywhere these cracks are letting in light.

We’re under no illusions. We know we face some huge challenges. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned as charity, and as a community, it’s that we can all play a part in creating the world we want to see. And choosing love seems like a pretty good place to start.

So join us. Spread this message. Grab one of our iconic t-shirts, designed by Katharine Hamnett. It’ll raise funds to support our incredible family of partner projects and help broadcast this message of hope and unity.

Click on Love.

The Tiafi Community Centre - helping in practical ways

TIAFI is a registered charity working in Turkey to empower the most vulnerable refugee women and their families so that they can find the peace, security and the respect they deserve. Started by one person, TIAFI is growing fast and attracting support from volunteers and organisations worldwide who share our values of humanity, respect and interaction. At TIAFI you can find all nationalities working together, pitching in side-by-side and sharing ownership of our projects.

To achieve a safe haven, we have established a large Community Centre, where we train vulnerable women as seamstresses while their children are being looked after or helped to enter Turkish schools. We have a tea room and advice Centre where people can recuperate and get the support they need to find security. We also pay regular visits to refugee families in the local area to see how they are doing and whether we can provide assistance with food, medical care, education and work.

An important part of our work is the Physiotherapy Centre, where about 30 children receive treatment on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, in Turkey there is no government system set up to help refugee children receive the treatments they need. Some of the children have neuromuscular diseases and others suffer from deformities and injuries caused by the bombings. Our physiotherapist, Mohammed, works with these children daily, and it has been part of our challenge to raise the money needed for the necessary equipment.

Because of this donation, we have been able to purchase, among other things, a much needed neuromuscular electrical stimulator for the physiotherapist. It will speed the recovery time of these children, and it is a precious gift, as you can see from the smiles on the faces of the parents and the children who, in some cases, are walking for the first time ever. 

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