About usWe 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
and see our newsletter.
Get involvedThere 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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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
- Chief Executive: “Asylum system currently at lowest point I’ve ever seen” 13/04/2021I first started supporting people seeking asylum at Refugee Action 18 years ago. As I embark on the Interim Chief Executive role at the charity,... The post Chief Executive: “Asylum system currently at lowest point I’ve ever seen” 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.
Stop the asylum camp at Barton Stacey and shut the barracks.
People who are seeking asylum should not be put in an isolated camp at Barton Stacey nor in former barracks, they need decent community-based accommodation. Please write to the Home Office and to your MP and Councillors. Click for details and a text.
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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.
SWVG invites you to add your name to these petitions.