SWVG allotment

Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG) has an allotment where we grow fruit and vegetables. All the people SWVG works with are welcome to come to help grow and pick the crops. No experience needed. It is plot 86, one of 134 allotments in Witts Hill, Summit Way, Midanbury, Southampton SO18 4ST where many other […]

Leave to remain – what to do next

This is a brief summary of how someone is told about Leave to Remain, and the essential next steps. Section 4 of the Migrant Help Guide to Asylum Process contains more detail. When someone is granted Leave to Remain, under the 2019 contract Migrant Help as the first response centre: • takes the first step […]

SWVG Events Group

Aims: to raise SWVG’s profile, increase public awareness, as well as raising funds. Members: Åse Feiring Cave Natasha Groom Sue Jessup Anne Leeming Hazel Still (Co-ordinator) Jacqueline Wilkes (link with Winchester College). Activities: organising fund raising events for general public such as talks by authors, former asylum seekers, public figures, actors etc sympathetic to our […]

About being a “member” of SWVG

SWVG is a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). The SWVG constitution UPDATED at the AGM on 16 Nov 2020 sets the framework for membership of SWVG (“the CIO”).  This web page quotes the most important paragraphs of the articles on membership. What does it mean to be a member of the CIO? Being a member of the […]

National information for asylum seekers during COVID 19 lockdown

Basic guidance Coronavirus (Covid 19) advice in 24 languages, from Doctors of the World and British Red Cross, including English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Hungarian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Romanian, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, […]

Local sources of help during COVID 19 lockdown

Practical information on supermarket vouchers, food, post offices, domestic violence, how to pay for gas meters. So:Linked – Community Navigation service SO: Linked have a service supporting Southampton through the coronavirus situation: navigating people who are affected by the coronavirus situation to practical and emotional support supporting/coordinating the Southampton voluntary sector response So if you […]

Ideas on ESOL during Covid19

Use WhatsApp and Facebook groups to set small tasks. Topics could include giving suggestions to others about how to keep healthy and well (both physically and mentally) during this challenging period. Other apps for face-to-face contact with clients/learners: Skype https://www.skype.com/en/ Zoom https://zoom.us/ Google Hangouts   Resources: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/ Online learning from the British Council The British […]


Safeguarding is everyone’s duty. Each of us has a role to play. New migrants, asylum seekers and those recently granted leave to remain are in the highest category of those that might be at risk. SWVG is required by the Charities Commission to ensure that all volunteers, whatever their remit, are fully up to date […]