For current volunteers

Please see here our latest update on our work during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Giving phone support 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not currently possible to visit Brook House or Tinsley House. We have produced a phone support guidance document, that you can find here. It’s the first chapter of our learning on phone support and open to all of you to add to, from your experience as visitors offering phone support.

Every time you encounter a new situation or a new learning opportunity for us all, please share it and if you send it to Daniel, it’ll be added to our notes. We love advice sheets that don’t ossify but grow with our combined learning. View the Phone Support notes here.

Upcoming visitor group meetings

Brighton: TBC

Crawley: 25 March 6:30pm

Horsham: 20 April 7:45pm

Reigate: TBC 

Oxted: TBC

Please note Visitor Group meetings may take place via Zoom.

Upcoming training

29th April – We will be holding a training on legal issues, this will include an overview of the asylum process, and the legal aid process. Two solicitors from Wilsons will be delivering this training. It will take place in Haywards Heath, at Clair Hall, 19:00 – 21:00.  If you are interested in attending this training please contact daniel@gdwg.org.uk. If its necessary to rearrange this training we will inform people who have shown interest in good time.

Upcoming walks

26th April – Chepstow – CANCELLED

17th May – Lingfield – CANCELLED

6th June – Deal

More details TBC. Call us on 01293 657070 or email us at refugeetales@gdwg.org.uk if you would like to attend.  

Volunteer Expense Claim Form

Please click here to download the expense claim form.  Please complete, sign, and return to Marygold or Anna by email or post.

Volunteer Feedback - For GDWG Visitors Only

Did you keep in touch between visits (by phone, text or email)?

Do you think the person you visited experienced feelings of loneliness or isolation whilst in detention?

If so, do you think your contact helped to alleviate their loneliness or isolation?

Do you think the person you visited experienced feelings of anxiety or depression whilst in detention?

If yes, do you think your contact with the detainee helped to alleviate either anxiety or depression?

Which language did you mainly speak during visits?

Have you noticed any improvement in their level of English over the course of your visits?

Did you provide any additional support to the person you visited?

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Volunteer Feedback - For GDWG Visitors: Phone support

Did you keep in touch between weekly phone calls (by text or email)?

Do you think the person you visited experienced feelings of loneliness or isolation whilst in detention?

If so, do you think your contact helped to alleviate their loneliness or isolation?

Do you think the person you visited experienced feelings of anxiety or depression whilst in detention?

If yes, do you think your contact with the detainee helped to alleviate either anxiety or depression?

Which language did you mainly speak during conversations?

Have you noticed any improvement in their level of English over the course of your support?

Did you provide any additional support to the person you visited?

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