Welcome to SAMPHIRE

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

About Us

The charity has both a national remit and a local one. Nationally, our Ex-detainee Project provides support and advice to ex-detainees via a Freephone helpline,  open five days a week.

Locally, in Dover, Samphire runs a community engagement project working with migrant and British communities to improve social cohesion, and better inclusion of migrants into Dover and surrounding areas of Kent .

Our Mission

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.

Our Projects

Ex-Detainee Project

The Ex-detainee Project strives to bring about positive social change for ex-detainees and the communities that they are released into, nationwide. The Project alleviates destitution and provides emotional and practical support to people in crisis via our five days a week telephone helpline. We advise, enable and empower our ex-detainees along with working closely with our partner organisations to help influence the wider debate.

School of Sanctuary Kent

Samphire’s Kent Schools of Sanctuary Project seeks to raise awareness amongst schools pupils on issues surrounding migration, asylum and refuge. We deliver educational workshops and support schools to achieve Schools of Sanctuary recognition, as part of our partnership with the City of Sanctuary movement  . This project includes learning, embedding and sharing.

dover welcomes all

Dover Welcome All– Dover Welcomes All brings together local residents to discuss ideas and organise local events which draw together the diverse cultures of Dover and support community cohesion. Volunteers have organised a number of local events including Samphire’s second Multicultural Festival. The project has also helped facilitate a weekly social hub in the Folkestone Road area of Dover, predominantly attended by members of the Roma community.

community champion programme

The Community Champion programme offers locally based peer support run by ex-detainees. The programme focuses on holding fortnightly group meetings and raising awareness through establishing stronger links with the local community. The Community Champion Programme began in February 2018 and will be developed throughout the year in four regions of the UK- Plymouth, Rochdale, Middlesbrough and Uxbridge.

Latest News

Christmas 2019 ex-detainee project appeal

We would like, with your help, to bring a bit of joy this festive season for our Ex-Detainees and their families. By donating to our ‘make Christmas Count’ appeal we can provide money that will make a difference at this time. £5 will buy  phonecard to call home £10 will...

Dover Together Multi-Cultural Festival – 30th June 2018

The date has been set for the Dover Together Multi-Cultural Festival 2019! Saturday 29th of June 2019 12pm-4pm Pencester Gardens, CT16 1NS 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...

Community Post Volunteer

Samphire is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer that would like to become involved in the Community Hub, Belgrave Road, Dover. The Community Hub was first started by Dover District Council with the aim of increasing social cohesion within the area. The Community Hub has...

Volunteer Event Assistant

Samphire is looking for a Volunteer Event Assistant to assist with the Dover Together Multicultural festival. The Dover Together Multicultural festival is an opportunity for Dover to come together to celebrate diversity within the community. It is our opportunity to...

Schools of Sanctuary support volunteer and promoter

Samphire is a charity based in Dover looking for a support volunteer to assist in delivering the Schools of Sanctuary workshops in Kent. We are looking for someone who is confident in a classroom setting and can support the facilitator. The role would involve collecting...

Community Volunteer – Dover Welcomes All

Samphire is a charity based in Dover who are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer that would like to help with an exciting new project in Dover. The volunteer will continue to support Dover to become a welcoming town to all. This post is for anyone that has a passion for...

I’am Checking My Facts

I'm Checking My Facts about immigration I'm Checking My Facts about Immigration: Part 3: The Numbers I'm Checking My Facts about Immigration: Part 3: The...

Raising Funds

There are three stages to our Kent Schools of Sanctuary project. The schools who have committed to the project must complete all three stages to eventually become a school of sanctuary, they are: Learn By offering free extra-curricular workshops in schools and through our...



Dover Detainee Visitors Group launched


Ex-detainee project launched

Over 700 detainees regularly visited by trained volunteers


First ex-detainee conference held in Dover

Community awareness raising project begun



DDVG won South of England Mentoring and befriending recognition award

Family support and first drop in session held within DIRC


Change of name to Samphire

Legal advice project started



First Dover Multicultural festival

Community champion and Schools of Sanctuary project launched



Fundraise for Samphire!

As a small charity with no dedicated paid fundraising staff your time, skill and most of all enthusiasm to help us raise much needed funds is crucial.


Get Involved

Would you like to volunteer for Samphire?

Samphire is always on the lookout to recruit new volunteers so please apply.

A list of the current volunteering roles can be found here.

If the role you are looking for is not listed please still make contact as you may offer something we didn’t realise we need!


Every donation to Samphire makes a difference to an individual life. Our Emergency Support and Destitution Fund supports ex-detainees who find themselves without any support, often homeless and without money for food.

We also raise funds for our  local community activities, for example the material we use for our workshops on migration in primary and secondary schools.