Welcome to SWVG

As a trustee of SWVG, I am delighted to share this short video about our work. It provides an introduction to the work of Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group. We are volunteers who befriend and support asylum seekers and refugees in the Southampton area.

For more information visit our website

Stichting Nijlvallei – Nile Valley Project, Cairo

The Revd Dr Jos Strengholt is a member of the Peacemaker Trust International Board of Reference. Jos directs a number of charitable projects in Egypt through Stichting Nijlvallei (Nile Valley), a charity based in the Nederland. In this interview he shares about one project in particular, helping to feed Sudanese refugees in Cairo.

Find out more about Stichting Nijlvallei on their website and Facebook ebook page

If you wish to contribute financially to the programme you may do so in any currency through PayPal

Welcoming Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Before the lockdown, Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG) were working with about 80 asylum seekers and dependents in Southampton and Winchester. On a weekly basis teaching English lessons one-to-one, providing pastoral support and welcoming new refugees, directing them to local agencies best placed to help them with legal advice, accommodation and English lessons.

Due to the spread of the Covid-19, all events, as well as face to face meetings with clients, has had to cease. Instead we have maintained contact by phone and email. We have also been able to deliver food and funding to some of those most in need.

Improving the Lives of Asylum Seekers

How can we ensure every asylum seeker in the UK receives a fair hearing, fair treatment and fair opportunity? Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG) have prepared a simple summary of what ‘fairness’ should look like. Fairness for Asylum Seekers

SWVG campaigns to improve the lives of asylum seekers and refugees, drawing from our direct practical experience working with asylum seekers and refugees in Southampton and Winchester.