External Resources

Links to the following sites are intended to signpost other resources and organisations and do not necessarily reflect the views of GDWG.

Refugee Tales

GDWG awareness-raising project offering the opportunity to reflect on the long and dangerous journeys many refugees have to make to feel war and persecution.

Support Groups for Detainees

AVID (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees)

The national umbrella organisation for visitors groups to immigration detainees. Includes useful information about the detention estate and helpful links.

Asylum Welcome

Since the closure of Campsfield House detention centre in Oxfordshire the group now support people in detention elsewhere, unaccompanied children in Oxfordshire, advise people on a wide range of immigration issues and teach English to refugees.

BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees)

A small charity that prepares and presents bail applications for detainees.

Detention Action

The visitors group for Harmondsworth and Colnbrook detention centres at Heathrow, and national campaigning organisation on detention issues.

Friends Without Borders

The visitors group for Haslar detention centre near Portsmouth.

Samphire (formerly Dover Visitors Group)

Supporting people who have experienced immigration detention.

Yarls Wood Befrienders

The visitors group for Yarls Wood IRC near Bedford.

Legal Help

ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association)

Association promoting good practice within immigration law. Produce many useful information sheets updates.

JCWI (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants)

National charity providing free legal advice to asylum seekers and immigrants.

Law Society – solicitors online database

The Law Society’s online directory of solicitors and barristers.

OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner)

Independent body that regulates and registers legal advisers. Find here how to make a complaint about poor legal representation.

Government Sites

Find your MP

Site that will locate your local MP.

UK Visas and Immigration

Home Office department dealing with responsibility for immigration.

Other Useful Sites

Amnesty International

International human rights organisation – produce reports on individual countries.

Asylum Aid

Charity providing advice and legal representation to asylum seekers and refugees.

Asylum Support Appeals Project

Organisation who advice and information about entitlements to accommodation and financial support for asylum seekers.

Freedom From Torture

Organisation that provides care and rehabilitation to survivors of torture.

Human Rights Watch

Produces human rights reports on individual countries.

Independent Asylum Commission

Published reports into the asylum system in the UK. Website archived.


A human rights organisation that challenges injustice, defends freedom and campaigns to make sure everyone in the UK is treated fairly. They have a helpline to support people in detention with making a complaint about their treatment.

Medical Justice

Doctors and other experts helping people access their medical rights from detention.

Paper Boy

News website with links to many of the world’s newspapers.

Red Cross International Family Tracing

Try to restore contact between families separated by armed conflict or natural disaster.

Red Cross Refugee Services

The British Red Cross provide practical and emotional support to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Their website highlights a number of services and educational resources for refugees and asylum seekers.

Refugee Action

Refugee Action is an independent national charity that works with refugees to build new lives in the UK.

Refugee Council

National charity campaigning and providing practical assistance for asylum seekers and refugees.

Right to Remain

Voluntary organisation providing advice on anti-deportation campaigns.

Stop the Traffik

Working to support trafficked people in the UK.


The UN refugee agency – useful site with news on current refugee crises and refugee convention.

Local Support

Voices in Exile

Local Brighton group supporting destitute asylum seekers in the community.