Since 1995 our volunteer visitors have been providing humanitarian support to people detained for long periods at UKBA’s detention centres at Gatwick Airport. We have around seventy volunteers who provide weekly visits, on a one to one basis, for detainees who request it. The volunteers spend an hour or so with the detainees, being a friendly face and listening to their concerns.
Refugee Tales is an outreach project of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group inspired by the experiences of men held in immigration detention at Gatwick and the work of the Group in 20 years of visiting.
GDWG helps us to gain more insight into the problems faced by detainees, as well as the general system they are contained in. They are insightful, aware, compassionate, and dedicated. Overall, we see their input as an integral part of the psycho-social system and without them, life for the detainees would be even more unbearable. Maeve Crowley