Campaigning update by Asylum Matters (MSWord document) – click here

Briefing Notes for SWVG – click here

Together With Refugees Campaign Pack – link removed , please go to TWR website

JCWI’s briefing on the Nationality and Borders Bill – includes commentary and constructive proposals –  click here

Freedom from Torture’s briefing – includes commentary on particular clauses in the Bill and constructive proposals – click here

South East Strategic Partnership for Migration Response to the New Plan for Immigration – click here

SWVG slides (General Meeting 6-Sept-21) – click here

SWVG notes to go with the slides – click here

SWVG Frequently Asked Questions – click here

Guidance about how best to communicate your message – click here

Together with Refugees HEART symbol for download and printing

Together with Refugees HEART symbol with words for download and printing



The SHOW YOUR HEART campaign

Together with Refugees is a coalition of over 400 national and local organisations.

“Together, we are calling for a better approach to supporting refugees that is more effective, fair and humane. This mean standing up for people’s ability to seek safety in the UK no matter how they came here, and ensuring that people can live in dignity while they wait for a decision on their asylum application.  It means empowering refugees to rebuild their lives and make valuable contributions to their communities.  And it means the UK working with other countries to do our bit to help people who are forced to flee their homes.”

The aim of the SHOW YOUR HEART campaign is to enable all kinds of people to come together to demonstrate their support for a kinder approach to refugees in a simple, visual and public way –  over the coming months while MPs and Lords are considering the Borders Bill.

The symbol of the campaign is the Orange Heart.  It uses the colours of the refugee nation flag used for the first ever refugee team in the 2016 Olympics.

With our campaign hashtags #WhoWeAre and #TogetherWithRefugees the heart is intended to be freely adopted and widely used to express support for refugees, while underpinning a sense of unity.

The campaign has five simple key messages which focus on our positive vision.

We want individuals as well as communities such as clubs, faith groups, schools and councillors, as well as well-known people to photograph themselves with an orange heart and a message of support for refugees.

The photos could be at a local landmark.

The photos can be done whenever the individual or community group chooses to do so.

They need to send us a copy of their photo with consent to use it for the purposes of the campaign.

We want to gather all the photographs into a display.

We will invite local media and local MPs to attend the orange heart display.

The photos and message will also be put on social media along with the campaign hashtags.

What we are asking you to do

  1. Identify friends, organisations and well-known people in  your community who you can ask to support the campaign.  Maybe you can do this together with other SWVG members who live near you.
  2. Do the SHOW YOUR HEART photo yourself or in a group, and send a copy to Gail Johnson.  Also send a copy with a message of support for refugees to your MP.
  3. Ask other people and organisations to do the same  (see the instructions in the Together with Refugees Campaign Pack).  If they agree to do this, please let us know.  Alternatively, please suggest organisations we could contact (to William Brook-Hart).
  4. If you use social media, then post it along with the hashtags.

The orange hearts can be made in various ways: e.g. print out the TWR one which we will send you, or make your own.