About us

We are volunteers who befriend asylum seekers and refugees in Southampton and Winchester.

Get involved.

You can befriend, teach English, organise activities, campaign, help raise money or make a donation.

About asylum

Learn more about the issues, get the facts about asylum seekers and refugees, hear their stories

NEW: Refugee Voices film

Campaigning

We call for a better approach to supporting refugees that is kinder, fairer & more effective.

Refugee Week 2024!

Words from a visitor

“The strength of people seeking asylum 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

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

Please give

SWVG is run by volunteers. Please help us help people who seek asylum.

Our events

SWVG events raise funds and raise awareness of our work and the plight of people seeking asylum

Saturday 22nd June 2024

Southampton Refugee Week 2024

A community celebration of the contributions & creativity of refugees, for Refugee Week (17-23 June): everyone welcome!