Welcome to SAMPHIRE

Working to create a society which is inclusive and compassionate towards migrants.

About Us

The charity has both a national remit and a local one. Nationally, our Ex-detainee Project provides support and advice via a Freephone helpline 0800 9179397,  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 Together & inclusion Project

Dover Together– Dover Together 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.

Samphire's Legal Project

Samphire’s Legal Project – Since May 2019 the project is being delivered in cooperation with Dover and Deal District Citizens Advice Bureau. 

People can get advice on immigration matters falling under OISC Levels 1& 2 (Please note, we cannot assist in immigration appeals).

Latest News

Make Christmas Count – Christmas Appeal 2021

Every December, Samphire seeks to provide some additional support for ex-detainees and their families. For people who have experienced immigration detention, Christmas is a time when they can feel more marginalised and isolated than ever. People receiving asylum support,...

Samphire’s Open Letter to the Government Regarding the Nationality and Borders Bill

Samphire's open letter to our Government regarding The Nationality & Borders Bill Every human being seeks a place where they feel safe. It is a basic human instinct, one we have all experienced during Covid. The Nationality & Borders Bill currently before...

Make Christmas Count 2020. Christmas Appeal

  Thank you from all of us at Samphire and from our Ex-Detainees. Please donate  by going to our Virgin Money Giving Page:  click here  

Samphire welcomes our new Patron – Bishop Rose!

Samphire's new patron - the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Bishop of Dover and the Bishop in Canterbury - sent her greetings during Samphire's AGM 2020. Dear Bishop Rose, we are delighted to have your support!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxL3JLHSf9I

Online Annual General Meeting

Samphire’s online AGM  Thursday 24th September 2020 It’s been another exciting and eventful year at Samphire. We invite you to join us and learn about the different projects Samphire has delivered over the past year. Topic: Samphire's AGM - Election of Trustees Time: Sep...

Refugee Week 2020

In preparation for 2020’s Refugee Week we worked alongside our volunteers. We asked those who are experts by experience in Immigration Detention to tell us in a short video how they felt about their (still ongoing) journeys of seeking sanctuary in the UK, their thoughts...

Statement on Black Lives Matter

As a charity working in the migration, asylum and human rights arena, we at Samphire are only too aware of the structural inequality and racism inherent in this system - a reflection of the racism that exists in our wider society. We stand in solidarity with those who...

Sign up to our newsletters!

During the lockdown as our community engagement work moves online, our usual monthly newsletter will be going out weekly. Alongside updates from the work we are doing at Samphire and with Dover Together, we will also be including lots of local news and info that will be of...

Samphire’s office is now closed but we are still working!

Samphire's office has been closed since Monday 23 March 2020 as a precaution to protect staff, volunteers, clients, visitors and our wider communities from the spread of COVID-19/ Coronavirus. We are still working (from home) our normal hours and are available on the...
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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!

We are a small charity with no dedicated paid fundraising staff. Your time, skill and most of all- enthusiasm is crucial to help us raise much needed funds for our projects.



Get Involved

Would you like to volunteer for Samphire?


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



Every donation to Samphire makes a difference to an individual life. Our Emergency Support 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.