Welcome to SAMPHIRE
Changing attitudes to, and improving the lives of,
ex-detainees and migrant communities.
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 .
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 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.
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 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.
Samphire’s Legal Project – On the 29th of May 2019 Samphire launches its new Legal Project. The project is being delivered in cooperation with Dover and Deal District Citizens Advice Bureau. We have consulted locally and have found a lack of knowledge and uncertainty with regards to post-Brexit immigration requirements, EU Settlement Scheme and possibilities to naturalise or register as a British Citizen.
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.
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.