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 Karris, 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

All Visitor Support Group meetings are currently via Zoom – please contact the office for info

Reigate: 7 December at 10:30am

Crawley and Horsham: 7 December 5:30pm

Oxted: 4 January at 12:30pm

Brighton:  14 December 6:00pm

Upcoming training

This will be updated with upcoming trainings as they arise.

Upcoming walks

Walk With Us are monthly events that keep our walking community connected all year round. Before the Covid-19 pandemic we walked in a large group, however during Covid-19 these walks have been replaced with small walking pods and online gatherings.

Walk With Us is open to people who have experienced detention, GDWG visitors, Refugee Tales walkers and anyone else who would like to join us! If you are interested in being a regular part of this walking community please email: refugeetales@gdwg.org.uk for more information.

The next walks are on 30th January and 20th February 2021. Please contact refugeetales@gdwg.org.uk to join.

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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