SWVG wins Solent University Civic Charter Impact Award

On Tuesday 12 December, Solent University, Southampton celebrated their external communities in a special ceremony at the Solent Engage Awards 2023. The eight awards handed out on the night celebrate future leaders, mentoring, civic impact and regional entrepreneurship, among other categories. An expert judging panel, made up from four of Solent’s Independent Governors, selected the […]


Publications The SWVG newsletter is sent to supporters by email. A copy can be printed if needed. Click here to see back copies. SWVG brochure – 8 pages, Nov 2019 SWVG leaflet 2023 (if you still have stocks of the previous leaflet, please recycle them) SWVG business card (write in your own details) If you need printed copies of the brochure […]

Ukrainians coming to the UK – sources of information

SWVG cannot match people to Ukrainians who need homes in the UK. If you might want to offer a home, register your interest on the Government “Homes for Ukraine” scheme website. This does not commit you to housing a family. Do read the frequently asked questions. Government information and guidance Answers to frequently asked questions […]

Health and people seeking asylum

Government 2021 information about the rights of people from other countries in repect of health care: GP and nurse consultations in primary care, treatment provided by a GP and other primary care services are free of charge to all whether registering with a GP as an NHS patient, or accessing NHS services as a temporary patient. A temporary […]

“Eyewitness” talk at General Meeting 1 June 2020

“Eyewitness” – a talk by Belinda Pyke at SWVG General Meeting, 1 June 2020 (by Zoom) Belinda Pyke is a member of a local group in Leamington Spa called “Justice for Palestinians”. She travelled to Palestine in support of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), set up by the World Council of […]

Advice in languages other than English

UK Gov advice is available in at least 35 languages at  Doctors of the World. If your client/student can read, please send the appropriate document to them. Languages include English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Czech, Dari, Estonian, Farsi, French, German. Greek, Gujarati, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Kiswahili, Krio, Kurdish Sorani, Latvian, Lithuanian, Oromo, Malayalam, Nepali, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof, and Yiddish. Find them here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=193qQN9l04Dvf0N9L5zeWTiXK_DRbrAxg. Guidance saying that overseas visitors to England, including anyone living in the UK without permission, will not be […]

Research reports

Migration Observatory Resources These briefings from the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford look at different dimensions of migrant integration in the UK. We will add other links when more briefings are published. They are likely to cover additional dimensions, such as financial security, citizenship and discrimination. Health: https://migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/resources/briefings/the-health-of-migrants-in-the-uk/ (July 2019) Labour market: https://migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/resources/briefings/migrants-in-the-uk-labour-market-an-overview/ (July 2019) […]

Application Registration Card – new complaints system

Application Registration Card (ARC) is a credit card sized document issued to asylum applicants in the UK. Once issued, the Card has a validity period of 2 years, after which it may be renewed according to rules. Or a Card may be updated when biometric details change. The process is: Applicant claims asylum Screening interview […]

Migrant Help and the Blue Lamp Trust: domestic abuse during COVID 19 lockdown

The Blue Lamp Trust continue to accept referrals to the Bobby Scheme for clients who are at serious risk of harm or victims of Domestic Abuse.  They can provide crime and fire prevention support to improve home security.  They can also fit key safes for clients who need to allow access to carers. All visits […]

Bus tickets and passes

Southampton City Council update on 19 April said: City Red and Bluestar are now accepting each other’s tickets on common sections of routes to help key workers travel with greater ease during this challenging period. This includes all valid passes and smartcards issued by both operators. For the latest updates from both bus operators, please […]