About usWe are a group of volunteers who
befriend and support asylum seekers
and refugees in the Southampton area.
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our partners and supporters.
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help raise money and awareness
or simply make an online donation.
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Growing food on our allotment
SWVG’s allotment has kept providing fresh food throughout the lockdown, which started just as the planting season began. People were allowed to work on allotments, as long as they got there on foot or bicycle. With volunteer help, we kept down the weeds, looked after the fruit bushes and grew a range of hardy veg. Thank goodness we’d already bought seed potatoes. All the other veg has been grown from seed or from seedlings donated by volunteers and friends.
SWVG usually has events throughout the year, such as fundraising opportunities, talks and workshops. Sorry, but events are fewer because of restrictions from COID 19. Our events page lists events past and future.
THE JOURNEY FROM ERITREA TO THE UK
This moving short film North Star Fading is based on the testimonies of three Eritrean women who made the journey from Eritrea to the UK between 2006 – 2012 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.
The film stitches together illustrations to produce a ‘continuous zoom’ effect that draws audiences in to their extreme, relentless journey.
LEARN ABOUT IMMIGRATION
You may want to read this excellent briefing on immigration from the BBC, January 2020
- Lift the Ban: Teem’s Story 24/09/2020As tough as things have been for all of us over the last months, people seeking asylum are having an especially rough time. I went... The post Lift the Ban: Teem’s Story appeared first on Refugee Action.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a serious threat to refugees and asylum seekers.
The vast majority of refugees live in poorer countries. Many are living in overcrowded settlements that are the perfect breeding ground for the virus, and have little or no health information. UNHCR is training healthcare workers and providing hygiene supplies. They urgently need help. If you can, please give to protect vulnerable refugee families across the globe.
SWVG activities under coronavirus
SWVG has closed all face-to-face events. Our volunteers are doing all they can to support people without breaking Government instructions.
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.
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.
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.
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