Dover Welcomes All

Samphire have organised ‘Dover Welcomes All’ a new group for people to arrange how we can make dover more welcoming.  The first meeting will be held on Friday 23rd of February 1.30pm-2.30pm at Salem Baptist Church Hall in Dover.   Can you offer some free time to volunteer English lessons, set up a coffee mornings or help at Dover Together Multi-Cultural and more, if so this is the meeting for you.  Refreshments will be provided.  

Community Hub Christmas Party 2017

The Christmas party at the Community Hub was a success with over 60 attendees. Families enjoyed making slime, playing with playdough and christmas crafts.  Santa paid a visit and children received a gift.  There was bring and share food and christmas music the hall was all decorated thanks to the Clarendon and Westbury committee.   Feedback was excellent with a mum saying ‘it was really good and I wouldn’t change anything’ and another saying ‘I enjoyed the gift giving the most’ one child said ‘slim making was the best!’


The Community Hub will finish on 14.12.17 and return on 4.1.18 every Thursday 5.30pm-7.30pm at the Clarendon and Westbury Community Hall, Belgrave road, Dover, CT179RA.

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Vacancy – Director of Samphire

An exciting new opportunity has arisen with Samphire to lead the charity as a Director.

Samphire’s mission is to improve the lives of people released from immigration detention and experiencing destitution in the UK, and to support the development of well-informed, cohesive and diverse communities in the Dover area and beyond.

The Director will oversee Samphire’s two main projects, the unique Ex-Detainee Project which has a nationwide remit and has just received funding for three years from the Big Lottery Fund, and the Community Engagement Projectwhich promotes social cohesion in Dover and surrounding areas by a variety of means.

In addition to managing Samphire’s dedicated staff and overseeing the reaching of the targets for these two projects, the Director is expected to secure future funding for these and other projects where a need is identified and Samphire is best placed to address it. The Director will work closely with the Management Committee and in particular will develop a Fundraising and Organisational Strategy for Samphire, will ensure that Samphire complies with all its legal requirements and will represent Samphire externally.

This is a permanent appointment. Until the end of October 2018, the position is funded for 30 hours per week (0.8 FTE), thereafter it will reduce to 22.5 hours per week (0.6 FTE). However, there is scope for the right candidate to increase the role up to full-time (37.5 hours per week) by securing additional funding.

Director of Samphire (Dover-based)

NJC salary scale points 38-39, £33,437-£34,538

30 hours per week (0.8 FTE) until end of October 2018, reducing to (0.6) FTE thereafter unless additional funding is secured.

This is a senior leadership role, which requires engagement with Samphire’s Committee, partners, funders, the local community, policy makers and the media, as well as management of Samphire’s highly experienced staff team. The successful candidate must demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the person specification and job description.

  • The successful applicant will be educated to degree level, with a post-graduate degree an advantage;
  • They will have a minimum of 5 years progressive experience at a managerial level, including having line-management responsibility;
  • They will have experience of fundraising within the not-for-profit sector;
  • They will be familiar with all relevant legislation as well as the local, regional and national challenges facing charities in the UK;
  • They will have a keen interest in, and good understanding of, the issues affecting migrants to the UK and the communities they live in;
  • This post requires an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter (no more than 2-pages) demonstrating how they meet the requirements of the Job Description / Person Specification and a CV (no more than 5 pages) including up to three references – see How to Apply for more information.

The deadline for applications is close of business (5.00pm) Thursday 11th January 2018. Interviews are planned for the week commencing Monday 22nd January 2018.

Shortlisted applicants will be informed by close of business on Wednesday 17 January 2018. The successful applicant will be expected to start as soon as possible.

Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and the Allen Lane Foundation.

For a Job Description, please click on the following links:


Toy donations for Community Hub- Dover

Here at Samphire we are on the lookout for unwanted toys or crafts for ages between 0-12 for our Community Hub group running on a Thursday 5.30pm-7.30pm at Belgrave Hall, Dover.

The Community Hub is a community integration space and is attended by families and young people or different cultures and ethnic origins to promote social cohesion.

If you are having a pre-Christmas clear out and would like to donate please bring items down to our offices at 54-56 Castle Street, Dover, CT161PJ.

As you can appreciate we need to make sure all the toys, games and crafts are in good clean condition and are able to be used by the public.

If you have any questions please call Stacey on 01304 242755 or 07540723238 or e-mail

Schools of Sanctuary Kent

We are now contacting schools in Kent to offer ‘School of Sanctuary’ status.


In order to achieve this status schools have to:


  • Learn– through workshops that will enable children in KS1 and 2 to learn new facts and information about what it means to seek Sanctuary.
  • Embed– taking steps to welcome new arrivals so they feel welcome and supported in school.
  • Share– sharing all the great work that has been completed to become a welcoming school with parents, pupils and the local community.


This is all FREE!


If you would like further details or to book please contact or call 01304 242755.

Community Hub Christmas Party 2017

The date has now been set for the Community hub Svaty Mikulas celebration!

Please come along on Thursday 7th of December 5.30pm-7.30pm

at Belgrave Hall Belgrave Road, Dover, Kent, CT17 9RA.

There will be games, music, crafts and more.

Please bring seasonal food to share.

There will be a small gift for children presented by Svaty Mikulas.

Entry is FREE


For further enquires contact Stacey on 07540723238 or 01304 242755

Make Christmas Count for Ex-detainees in 2017

Samphire has launched our annual ‘Make Christmas Count’ appeal for ex-detainees. If you click on the link below, you can make a donation and feel the warm glow of giving!

Make Christmas Count

appeal 2017 photoChristmas can be a very difficult time for ex-detainees and their families. That is why we run this appeal – so that we can make Christmas a little bit special. Even for those who are in receipt of Asylum Support, the budget doesn’t stretch to buying presents or special foods. If we reach our £1000 target we can – ensure that all our ex-detainee clients can buy a small gift for their children; fund travel for ex-detainees to stay with family or friends over the festive period; or provide a calling card to contact family back home.

If you can, please consider making a donation, as it really does make a very big difference to people’s sense of well-being.

£5 provides a calling card, £10 provides a gift for a child, £10 pays for travel to see family and friends.

Samphire’s AGM 2017

Thanks a lot to everyone who came to our AGM last night. A big Thank You goes to our Patron Rt. Rev Trevor Wilmott, The Bishop of Dover, and his inspiring words. We continue to work and continue to “remain hopeful that we will become that welcoming society that we have always been”.