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We 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
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Green Fingers on SWVG Allotment

At first we dug and planted. Then we got a new shed. And finally we harvested!

The SWVG allotment produced over 100kg of fruit and veg this summer! This included red currants and raspberries, dwarf beans, courgettes, potatoes and tomatoes.

We also managed to grow chillies, peppers, leeks, lettuces, various squashes and pumpkins, including a giant 17kg beast.

Some of the produce went to those who helped on the allotment and the rest went to the SWVG hostel and was distributed amongst the food bags given out at AMC.

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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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  You can read our 2020 Brochure that outlines the work SWVG has been doing over the previous year here.

For full details of our work, see our Charity Commission pages here.



“Overpriced rail fares are putting asylum seekers at risk”

 

 

SWVG Events

 

An Englishman in Patagonia A classic talk from John’s early exploring days

Thursday 23rd January 2020 Avenue St Andrews Church, The Avenue,

Southampton SO17 1XQ 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00)

Tickets £10 Students £5
To reserve a seat ring Jessica on 07503 176350
or email info@swvg-refugees.org.uk

SWVG carries out numerous events throughout the year, from fundraising opportunities, talks and workshops. To find out more check out our events page. 
 

 

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