About us

We are a group of volunteers who
befriend and support asylum seekers
and refugees in the Southampton area.
Find out more about how we work,
our partners and supporters.

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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 is part of the Lift the Ban Coalitionwinners of the National Campaigner Award for the Best Coalition Campaign. SWVG is campaignin
g alongside over 175 other groups so that people seeking asylum have a right to work whilst waiting for their decision after six months.

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.


  For a quick overview of our work, read our Annual Review. For full details, read our 2016 Executive Committee Report and Financial Statements.

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

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

Event: Dina Nayeri- ‘The Ungrateful Refugee’

Come and hear Dina who has just published a book called “The Ungrateful Refugee.” Dina was just a child when she fled Iran. As she settled into life in the US and then Europe, she became suspicious of the idea that refugees should shed their old identities and be eternally thankful.

Date: 13 June 7.30pm. (doors open 7.00pm)

Tickets: £10 Student rate: £5

WDC Box office tel: 01962 873603 web: www.hants.gov.uk/shop