Changing attitudes to, and improving the lives of, ex-detainees and migrant communities

Ex-Detainee Conference

Samphires pleased to announce and invite you to this years Ex- Detainee Conference 2018.


The date has been set for the
Dover Together Multi-Cultural Festival 2018!

Saturday 30th of June 2018 12pm-4pm

Pencester Gardens, CT161NS

Watch this space for more Info and updates on events for the day!

If you would like to be involved in the event or would like to volunteer at this event please contact

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.  

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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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

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.

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

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 is proud to announce that we have received a 3 year grant for the Ex-Detainee project from the Big Lottery Fund! Watch our Facebook page and website for exciting new updates!


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”.

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