Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group

Supporting people in detention at Gatwick
People in detention can get help on our freephone number 0800 389 4367


Find out more

Are You In Detention?

If you or someone you know are currently being detained at Gatwick, you can find information on what you can do here.

Immigration Detention

Find out more about immigration detention and why we support people being held there.

Get Involved

If you would like to support our work or are already volunteering for us, find everything you need here.

Become a friend of GDWG

If you would like to make a donation to GDWG, find out more here.

Friends of GDWG

Since 1995 our volunteer visitors have been providing support to people detained at UKBA’s detention centres near 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


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.

28 Tales for 28 Days

#28for28 calls for a time limit of 28 days for detention through 28 tales of the detention experience voiced by actors and writers.

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

Former Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Tinsley House

Our patrons are:

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

“I am proud to support the work of GDWG, who carry out invaluable work helping and befriending one of the most isolated groups in the UK.”

Lord Navnit Dholakia OBE

“You and your members bring sanity to the highly charged issue of immigration and asylum matter. I value your work immensely.”