Welcome to SAMPHIRE

Changing attitudes to, 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 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 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.

Samphire Legal Project

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.

Latest News

Annual General Meeting

Samphire’s AGM and Social Evening Thursday 26th September 2019 6pm-9pm St Mary’s Parish Centre Dover, CT16 1BY   It’s been an exciting and eventful year at Samphire, we invite you to: Look at pictures of this year’s celebration of the Ex-Detainee project and our...

Dover Together: Multicultural Festival 2019

On the 29th of June, 2019 we were hosting the third annual Multicultural Festival Dover Together. Multicultural festival aims to bring the diverse communities of Dover together to celebrate and explore diversity. Showcasing the rich variety of cultures which make up Dover,...

Celebrate 10

Celebrating 10 years of the Ex-Detainee project On the 29th of June Samphire's  Ex-Detainee Project was celebrating its 10th anniversary. On this occasion we invited our current and historical clients to join us for a day of celebrations in Dover.

Volunteer Treasurer: Samphire Board of Trustees

We are looking for a committed volunteer to join our Board of Trustees in September when our current treasurer steps down, after many years as a valued member of the Board.  The role involves a commitment of 3-4 hours per month, both at home and in our Dover office, as...

Dover Together Multi-Cultural Festival – 29th June 2019

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...

I’m Checking My Facts about Migration

The video below is a compilation of an 8 part series of videos all relating to immigration. in the video it touches on subjects like asylum seekers, visas for migrants and also talks about university life for migrants.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5i-ZMrnEUU

Samphire’s Newsletter

The link below will take you to our newsletter where you can find information about our up coming events like movie night, it will also inform you about activities happening such as the recent migrant crossings. It also talks a little more in depth with what we...

Michael is an ex-detainee who spoke to us about his reasons for fleeing his home country of Sierra Leone and how he has managed since

Michael is an ex-detainee who spoke to us about his reasons for fleeing his home country of Sierra Leone and how he has managed since. He has suffered detention, lived on the streets and still, after 15 years in the UK, doesn’t know if he will be allowed to remain.   I met...

Bromstone primary joins project offering sanctuary to those in need

We are proud and delighted to have assisted this forward looking and caring school become a school of sanctuary. At this time when some folk seem to display a less than welcoming attitude it is heartening to see a school do this. It also gives us great hope for the future...

The life of ex-detainees through the eyes of a caseworker

This blog comes from Indre Lechtimiakyte. Indre is originally from Lithuania and has been working as a caseworker and coordinator of the Ex Detainee Project for Samphire since 2016. Prior to joining Samphire, she worked on the return migration project at IOM Vilnius, human...



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



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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.



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 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.