Ex-Detainee Project

The Ex-Detainee Project supports some of  the most vulnerable people in our society, many of whom are seeking asylum, have fled human rights abuses, or whose removal from the UK would violate their human rights.

The four aims of Samphire’s Ex-Detainee Project are to-

Advise – ex-detainees can call our freephone helpline, open 5 days a week between 10AM and 1PM. We respond to the needs they express and work to provide solutions in the order of most pressing. Over time, having developed relationships, we work through on-going casework to address the obstacles to social inclusion – from street homelessness through to volunteering and educational opportunities.

Enable – we link people to existing services in local communities to enable them to participate in their local communities, through referrals and signposting to support groups, counselling, GP’s, volunteering and befriending organisations. We ensure that as well as the information about these invaluable services, ex-detainees have the means to access them.

Empower – we encourage ex-detainees to overcome isolation and regain their confidence and self-esteem through involvement in volunteering, befriending and educational projects within their local communities as well as through their active involvement in the running of the Ex-Detainee Project. We support them in telling their stories to media and the public and ensure that their voices are heard through facilitating the annual ex-detainee conference.

Influence – we work closely with our partner organisations to influence policy and promote best practice in respect of ex-detainees from before they are released, to the grant of status in the UK, or removal to their home country.

Community Championship Programme

The Community Champion Programme is a peer support group for ex-detainees, run by ex-detainees who train to become community champions and support each other within their communities.

Since November 2019 the programme has been running in Manchester.

Each programme holds a fortnightly meeting in their different area of the UK. The programme is designed to raise awareness and support each other through establishing stronger local links with the communities.

The ex-detainee project adds to the work of other service providers in the regions and offers training and support to the community champions. Ultimately, this new people-led initiative will become self-sustaining and could be rolled out across the country.

If you are an ex-detainee, living in Manchester and wish to be part of the programme, or you are part of an organisation who would like to know more and become involved, please contact the Ex-Detainee project by email or call us on 01304 242755.



Please contact the Ex-Detainee Project helpline if you are in need of support on:

Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri between 10.00am and 1.00pm.

Tel: 01304 201535

Text: 07714 490981

Freephone (landlines): 0800 9179397