Refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East
Over the last few weeks, we have been contacted by many concerned individuals, offering their help as they anticipate new asylum seeker arrivals, particularly from Syria.
The UK government policy is to offer to receive 20,000 individuals over the next 5 years from refugee camps in the Middle East. These will be the most vulnerable people and children, selected by the United Nations and UK representatives. Implementation of this policy will take time, and the numbers - about 4,000 over the next year, are very small relative to those in need. In the light of this policy, SWVG only expects to receive a few if any Syrian asylum seekers to be referred to us over five years.
However, we currently befriend and support 60 individuals and families. At the same time of course we have to maintain our organisation to enable us to continue that level of support. At present we particularly need new volunteers to help run our website, campaigning and communication groups, run events and fundraise with us.
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Jo Renshaw wins prestigous award
Jo Renshaw (of Turpin & Miller), SWVG's legal advisor, has been made Legal Aid Lawyer of the year (Social and welfare).
TheLegal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards are non-profit-making and held to celebrate the work of grassroots lawyers.
Northwood String Orchestra playing for SWVG
This orchestra, joined in some pieces by the Conchord Singers performed a concert at Avenue St Andrews church, Southampton
The programme includee Mozart Divertimenti, Barber's Adagio, Gershin's Summertime and songs by Bach, Elgar and Faure.
Proceeds of £325 were donated to SWVG.
What does SWVG do?
SWVG is a group of volunteers who befriend and support asylum seekers and refugees in the Southampton area. With the help of many generous donors, we offer financial assistance to those who are homeless and destitute. Through our legal justice project we have access to advice from a leading immigration solicitor. We try to give asylum seekers a voice by reaching out to churches, schools and community groups and we campaign for a fairer asylum system. Find out more.
Read all about our work in our new annual review.
Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group has signed up to the Birmingham Declaration which was made at the First City of Sanctuary Summit on 15th November 2014.
The declaration asks our Government to do all they can to ensure that:
- All asylum seekers, refugees and migrants should be treated with dignity and respect.
- A fair and effective process to decide whether people need protection should be in place.
- No one should be locked up indefinitely.
- No one should be left sick or destitute in our society.
- We should welcome the stranger and help them to integrate.
Read the full declaration here
|Find out about the history of SWVG
Read some client stories
Common myths about asylum
Recent asylum-related press cuttings
Key facts about SWVG
How can I donate to SWVG?
Read our new style annual review for 2013 -14
Download report here