About us

We are a group of volunteers who
befriend and support asylum seekers
and refugees in the Southampton area.
Find out how we work,
our partners and supporters
how to refer people to us
and see our newsletter.

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Get involved

There are so many ways you can help!
You can train as a visitor, organise events,
help raise money and awareness
or simply make an online donation.

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About asylum

Want to learn more about the issues?
Meet some of the asylum seekers
we’ve supported, and get the facts
about asylum seekers and refugees.

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SWVG events

SWVG events include fundraising opportunities, talks and workshops.

Our events page lists events past and future.

Experiences

On the radio

Afghanistan asylum seeker waits for decision over UK refugee claim on BBC South News 8 April 2022

Film

The short film North Star Fading is based on the testimonies of three Eritrean women who made the journey from Eritrea to the UK overland through Ethiopia, Sudan, Libya, the Mediterranean, Europe and to the UK. Two of the women were sent back to Eritrea after failed asylum cases and one of the women made the journey again and was successfully granted asylum in the UK on her second attempt.

RSS Stories and Analysis from Refugee Action

  • Evacuation of Afghanistan – One Year On 15/08/2022
    “I vividly remember that day when the Taliban reached Kabul: everything seemed normal.  I received the news while I was in the office, so we... The post Evacuation of Afghanistan – One Year On appeared first on Refugee Action.

SWVG AWAYDAY 16 July POSTPONED

SWVG Awayday planned for 16 July had to be cancelled because our Chair had COVID. It will be rearranged for the autumn. If you would like to be there to help think about our work and priorities for the next three years, contact info@swvg-refugees.org.uk so we can send the new date.

Please give

Help us to improve the lives of asylum seekers in the Southampton area and support those that are destitute. SWVG is run by volunteers; very little money is spent on overheads.

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Ukrainian refugees

SWVG cannot match people to Ukrainians. Register your interest on the Government "Homes for Ukraine" scheme website. This does not commit you to housing a family. Do read the frequently asked questions.

More information about how you can help.

Words from someone seeking asylum

SWVG, no words are enough describe what you are to me. You're my best friend. You're my family. You gave me hope when I had no hope. You gave me strength to go on in this trying moment. All your visitors are awesome.

Sara, Client

Words from a visitor

The strength of clients is humbling: their resourcefulness, courage coming here and not being welcomed or believed. There is a sense of personal responsibility and respect and not letting each other down.

John, Visitor

Refugees have always been part of the UK – it’s #WhoWeAre.

With over 350 other organisations we’re calling for a better approach to supporting refugees that is kinder, fairer and more effective.

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LEARN ABOUT IMMIGRATION

You may want to read this excellent briefing on immigration from the BBC, January 2020