Councillors Vivian Achwal, Mayor of Winchester, and Lucille Thompson, Leader of Winchester City Council, joined Southampton & Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG), Southampton Stand up to Racism, and Winchester Cathedral represented by Canon Brian Rees, in standing Together with Refugees on our parade through Winchester this evening.Continue reading
On 17 November, Southampton City Art Gallery hosted the launch of a new book and walking tour guide by Professor Tony Kushner, of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations and History Department at the University of Southampton, detailing the rich history of Southampton’s migrant past.Continue reading
Several trustees of Southampton & Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG) met with the Muslim Council of Southampton executive today at the Medina Mosque to discuss how we might collaborate in caring for refugees and asylum seekers in our community. We stand together with refugees. We were also invited to view their food bank supporting the poorest in Southampton irrespective of religious affiliation.
Yesterday we held a rally in the centre of Southampton to show solidarity with refugees and people seeking asylum. Lots of people stopped and wanted to show their solidarity. Representatives of Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG), CLEAR (City Life Education and Action for Refugees), Southampton Stand up to Racism (SUTP), Amnesty International and Greenpeace were among organisations participating, working together for a kinder, fairer asylum system.Continue reading
Ahmed Uddin is the Vaccination Outreach Manager for the Red Cross in the UK. In this short interview he shares some of the challenges of encouraging ethnic minorities, refugees and asylum seekers to get vaccinated. Support the work of the Red Cross
Read the real stories of people discussing their opinion about the Covid-19 vaccines or their experiences of having one and explore how to develop skills for managing worries and making decisions. Vaccine Voices.
Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG) have just launched a weekly cultural event for clients and visitors in conjunction with Southampton Central Library. Today the librarian introduced us to the resources and facilities available in the library. The plaque by the entrance to the library commemorating the arrival of 4,000 children from Spain on the Habana in 1937 reminds us that Southampton has a long history of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers.Continue reading
Members of Southampton & Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG) were pleased to be invited to participate in Skate Southampton‘s big meet today called Slamma 4 in Guildhall Square in Southampton. Hundreds of young people and families attended and many were happy to sign an orange heart as part of the ‘Together with Refugees‘ initiaitive.Continue reading
The Avenue Multicultural Centre drop-in centre for people seeking asylum re-opened in Southampton today. After a gap of 18 months due to Covid restrictions it is good to be back supporting people seeking asylum face to face.Continue reading