Visitors Groups

Our member visitor groups visit and support people in every detention centre and short term holding facility in the UK, as well as in a number of prisons.

All visitors groups are independent, but work with AVID and each other to ensure that detainees across the UK have access to the emotional and practical support of a volunteer visitor, to share best practice, and to promote a collective voice for change based on detainees' real life experiences.

 

AVID with JRS UK Detention Visiting Group at training session in Jan 2018 (Img: Beatrice Grasso)

 

Our Membership in 2018: 

Asylum Welcome

Asylum Welcome provides information, advice and support to immigration detainees, refugees and asylum seekers in Oxford and across Oxfordshire. Volunteers from their Detention Support Programme visit and provide support to people being held at Campsfield House detention centre, near Kidlington.

 

BEST

Befriending and support team for foreign nationals in HMP Wandsworth (BEST) visits and supports people being detained post-sentence under immigration control and foreign national prisoners at HMP Wandsworth in London. 

 

Detention Action

Detention Action visits and supports people being detained in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook detention centres, near Heathrow Airport, as well as providing welfare support workshops at several London prisons.

 

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (GDWG) visit and provide support and advocacy to detainees held at Tinsley House and Brook House detention centres and Cedars pre-departure accommodation for families, near Gatwick Airport.

 

Jesuit Refugee Service

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS UK) runs a detention outreach programme to people being detained at Harmondsworth and Colnbrook detention centres, near Heathrow Airport, London.

 

Larne House Visitors Group

Larne House Visitors Group (LHVG) is a volunteer-run group visiting men and women being held at Larne House short-term holding facility near Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 

Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Lewes Prison Visiting Group is part of Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (LOSRAS) visit people detained post-sentence under immigration control at HMP Lewes, near Brighton.

 

Liverpool Prisons Visiting Group

Liverpool Prisons Visiting Group (LPVG) is a volunteer-run group, visiting and supporting people being detained post-sentence under immigration control at HMP Liverpool, HMP Risley and HMP Altcourse.

 

Manchester Immigration Detainee Support Team

Manchester Immigration Detainee Support Team (MIDST) is a volunteer-run group that visits and supports men and women being detained at Pennine House short-term holding facility at Manchester Airport.

 

Morton Hall Detainee Visitors Group

Morton Hall Detainee Visitors Group (MHDVG) volunteers visit and provide support on a weekly basis to people detained at Morton Hall detention centre in Swinderby, Lincolnshire.

 

Scottish Detainee Visitors

Scottish Detainee Visitors (SDV) befriend and support people being held at Dungavel detention centre near Strathaven, South Lanarkshire.

 

SOAS Detainee Support

SOAS Detainee Support group is a student-led organisation based at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). The group’s volunteers visit and support people being held at Harmondsworth and Colnbrook detention centres near Heathrow, London, and Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire.

 

Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group 

Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG) have a visiting team of over 40 trained volunteers who provide one-to-one befriending and support to local asylum seekers and refugees.

 

Sudanese Visitors Group

Sudanese Visitors Group is part of London-based NGO Waging Peace and visits and supports Sudanese nationals being held in detention centres and prisons across the UK.

 

Verne Visitors Group

Verne Visitors Group used to visit people detained at the The Verne, Dorset before its closure in 2017. 

 

Yarl's Wood Befrienders

Yarl’s Wood Befrienders visits and supports women being detained at Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire.

 

You can follow the links above to each group's own website, or you can find them using the map on the homepage.