If you don’t want to join us as a Visitor, or you have more further time to offer, there are many other ways you can make an active contribution to our work. As we can only offer Visitor training once or twice a year, many new recruits like to start working with us straight away, in other ways. Much of our work is organised by subgroups of volunteers as follows:
Help run an event. We always need people to run or help with events to raise money and awareness, such as concerts, sponsored walks, cake sales, bridge afternoons and talks. You might like to organise an event yourself or help out by delivering flyers, running a raffle, acting as a steward or even washing up! There is one group based in Winchester and one in Southampton. The events subgroups meet approximately every 6 weeks in the evenings.
Help us campaign. We campaign to improve the treatment of asylum seekers locally and throughout the UK. Help us write letters to MPs, research information, or put together briefings for members and supporters. Our campaigns subgroup meets every month in the evenings.
Help spread the word. Our communications group manages our website, Facebook and Twitter presence, and produces newsletters for members and supporters. We are always looking for people with IT skills who can work on our website. The communications group meets every six weeks in the evenings. Or join our Outreach team that aims to raise awareness of asylum issues and the work of SWVG throughout the community
Join our fundraising team. This sub-group researches and writes funding bids to grant making trusts, and organises donations from individuals and organisations. It meets every 6-8 weeks in the evenings.
Teach English and Literacy. The team of volunteers with English teaching qualifications work one-to-one with asylum seekers who have little knowledge of English. Every member of the team needs to be DBS checked.
We are always pleased to hear from prospective new volunteers, and discuss what kind of help you can give us.