About usWe are a group of volunteers who
befriend and support asylum seekers
and refugees in the Southampton area.
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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.
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- GE2019: To the new Prime Minister – please think about refugeesAhead of the results of the 2019 General Election, members of the campaigning group Refugee and Asylum Seeker Voice (RAS Voice) have shared their hopes...
- Immigration statistics show more people waiting over six months for an asylum decisionRefugee Action has responded to the latest immigration figures, which show 58% of people awaiting an initial decision on their claim had waited more than...
- GE2019: Sam asks, would they walk in the shoes of an asylum seeker?Sam is one of many experts by experience Refugee Action works with to help shape and inform our campaigning work. She has been in the...
- GE2019: do your candidates stand with refugees?The General Election campaign is well underway. Candidates in your constituency are standing for parliament – but do they stand with refugees? We don’t want...
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.
“Overpriced rail fares are putting asylum seekers at risk”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.