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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Meet some of the asylum seekers
we’ve supported, and get the facts
about asylum seekers and refugees.

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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.

RSS Stories and Analysis from Refugee Action

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.


  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