How can you help:

There are three main ways you can support SWVG’s work with asylum seekers.

Make a donation

Donations from people like you are absolutely essential to help fund important work. We need your help to pay the cost of high-quality timely legal advice, and for one-off payments to asylum seekers. They may need help with the cost of a bus pass to get to English classes, wifi to keep in touch with family in their country of origin, and even fares to Liverpool to hand in paperwork to support their asylum claim (the Government refuses to accept papers by post or even delivered by anyone other than the applicant).

You can donate in lots of different ways – by attending one of our paid-for events, sponsoring a friend for a fund-raising activity, or simply by making an online donation.

Any amount you can give, small or large, will be used effectively and makes a big difference.

Become a volunteer

SWVG is a small volunteer-led charity dedicated to supporting local asylum seekers and refugees in particular difficulties or distress.

SWVG does all its work though volunteers, in a variety of roles. Some people are “visitors” who befriend and support people on a one-to-one basis in the Southampton area. Some teach English, and occasionally other skills, to help asylum seekers to be more at home in the UK. Other volunteers organise fundraising events, or activities for asylum seekers such as outings. Some campaign nationally and locally on refugee and asylum issues. Some reach out to schools, churches and other local groups to spread the word about our work, and to tell the real story of people who come here for asylum. And last, some work behind the scenes to manage our organisation, from maintaining our social media presence to keeping our accounts.

Without volunteers, we simply could not do what we do. Because they are unpaid, we keep our administration costs very low. Thanks to them, we invest over 80% of our income directly into our work with asylum seekers.

The visitor’s role can be demanding, but we provide training and ongoing support.  And if visiting is not for you, we can offer many other kinds of active involvement which may suit you better. We are always happy to talk to potential new volunteers about how we can best use your skills and experience. See more:

To find out more about how you can work with us to support people who have left their homes to seek sanctuary in the UK, email

If you’d like to volunteer, here’s the SWVG Volunteer Application Form. Fill it in and send it to

Keep in touch

If you don’t have the time at present to become actively involved as a volunteer but would still like to support our work, we would still like to keep in touch.

If you’d like our quarterly newsletter, email

Our Friends Scheme is under review.

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