Changing attitudes to, and improving the lives of, ex-detainees and migrant communities
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Samphire Vacancies – Community Engagement Coordinator x2

Community Engagement Coordinator roles – Schools of Sanctuary Project and Dover Welcomes All, deadline Friday 27th July 2018

Two exciting opportunities have arisen with Samphire to build on the successful community engagement work that we have undertaken relating to migration, and take it to the next level!
The Community Engagement Coordinators will each be responsible for a distinct project – Schools of Sanctuary or Dover Welcomes All, though there is some overlap. The Schools of Sanctuary project builds on our work with local schools- myth-busting the damaging narratives that exist around migration and supporting them to embed a culture of welcome in their schools. The Dover Welcomes All project continues our work to empower new migrant communities to overcome barriers to community engagement, and provide positive opportunities for mixing with the settled population that value the cultures of both, contributing to a better informed, more culturally aware and cohesive Dover.
Both positions are for a fixed term of one year, with the possibility of extension contingent on securing funding. Samphire will consider combining the roles for the right person.

Community Engagement Coordinators x 2 (Dover-based)
NJC salary scale points 29-31, starting salary £25,951 p.a. pro rata
Part-time, 15 hours per week (for Schools Coordinator), 22.5 hours for Dover Welcomes All project
These roles involve engaging with the local community in a variety of ways, developing networks, managing and recruiting volunteers, undertaking awareness-raising activities including social and conventional media, contributing to policy and advocacy, monitoring and project planning.

  • The successful applicant will be educated to degree level OR have equivalent work experience;
  • They will be energetic, resourceful, self-motivated and an excellent communicator;
  • They will have at least 1 years’ experience working / volunteering / engaging in the voluntary sector in a related field – community development, social exclusion, migrants’ rights or similarly marginalised groups;
  • This post requires an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For a Job Description and Application Form, please click on the following links:

Please send your completed application forms by email to or by post to Samphire, 54-56 Castle Street, Dover, CT16 1PJ.
The deadline for applications is close of business (5.00pm) on Friday, 27 July 2018

Interviews will be held on the 7th August 2018 – shortlisted applicants will be informed by close of business on Wednesday 2nd of August 2018. The successful applicant will be expected to start as soon as possible. Reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses will be considered on request.

Raising funds for Samphire

Stacey and Indre are taking part in the KM colour run for Samphire’s Ex-Detainee Project.


On the 10th of June Samphire staff members, Stacey and Indre, will be taking part in the 5km KM charity run in Betteshanger Country Park!

Join them by participating in the run and choosing Samphire as your charity or donating to raise funds for our Ex-Detainee Emergency Support Fund!
You can sponsor us clicking on this link: Sponsor Samphire

We look forward to seeing you there!

Celebrating National Smile Month at the Community Hub
On Thursday the 17th May the Community Hub enjoyed a workshop presentation on good oral health delivered by Andrea Hofmann from a local Dover Children's Center

National Smile Month is the largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health.  Taking place between 14th May and 14th June.

Families enjoyed learning about how to brush teeth, were given demonstrations and the opportunity to practice brushing themselves.  After the workshop parents and their children completed a quiz around good dental practice and received a free toothbrush!  


Samphire’s Brunch Welcomes New Faces

Samphire, a local Dover based charity, organised an open brunch event to engage with the local community and to raise awareness about the projects it is developing for the residents of Dover and ex-detainees nationwide.

On Tuesday the 1st of May over 20 attendees including volunteers, Dover and Deal town councillors and representatives from local organisations, including KRAN, SmART Project, Diocese of Canterbury and Kent Refugee Help attended Samphire’s office on in Dover to hear about the developments of the charity’s projects and to network for potential cooperation opportunities.

Samphire’s Patron, Rt. Rev. Trevor Wilmott, Bishop of Dover also attended and thanked the charity for its work. Referring to Schools of Sanctuary Kent project he said: “It is crucial that people in schools nowadays grow up with different characteristics than older generation when it comes to being welcoming and non-prejudicial. The Bishop of Dover also touched upon recent political events and pointed out that he recently has sent a letter to the newly appointed Home Secretary advising that he hopes the secretary will show some “tangible signs to improve the current immigration situation”.




Samphires Ex- Detainee Conference June 21st 2018.

Ex-Detainee Conference

Samphires pleased to announce and invite you to this years Ex- Detainee Conference 2018.


Dover Together MultiCultural Festival 2018

The date has been set for the
Dover Together Multi-Cultural Festival 2018!

Saturday 30th of June 2018 12pm-4pm

Pencester Gardens, CT161NS

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 volunteer at this event please contact

Dover Welcomes All

Samphire have organised ‘Dover Welcomes All’ a new group for people to arrange how we can make dover more welcoming.  The first meeting will be held on Friday 23rd of February 1.30pm-2.30pm at Salem Baptist Church Hall in Dover.   Can you offer some free time to volunteer English lessons, set up a coffee mornings or help at Dover Together Multi-Cultural and more, if so this is the meeting for you.  Refreshments will be provided.  

Community Hub Christmas Party 2017

The Christmas party at the Community Hub was a success with over 60 attendees. Families enjoyed making slime, playing with playdough and christmas crafts.  Santa paid a visit and children received a gift.  There was bring and share food and christmas music the hall was all decorated thanks to the Clarendon and Westbury committee.   Feedback was excellent with a mum saying ‘it was really good and I wouldn’t change anything’ and another saying ‘I enjoyed the gift giving the most’ one child said ‘slim making was the best!’


The Community Hub will finish on 14.12.17 and return on 4.1.18 every Thursday 5.30pm-7.30pm at the Clarendon and Westbury Community Hall, Belgrave road, Dover, CT179RA.

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Toy donations for Community Hub- Dover

Here at Samphire we are on the lookout for unwanted toys or crafts for ages between 0-12 for our Community Hub group running on a Thursday 5.30pm-7.30pm at Belgrave Hall, Dover.

The Community Hub is a community integration space and is attended by families and young people or different cultures and ethnic origins to promote social cohesion.

If you are having a pre-Christmas clear out and would like to donate please bring items down to our offices at 54-56 Castle Street, Dover, CT161PJ.

As you can appreciate we need to make sure all the toys, games and crafts are in good clean condition and are able to be used by the public.

If you have any questions please call Stacey on 01304 242755 or 07540723238 or e-mail

Schools of Sanctuary Kent

We are now contacting schools in Kent to offer ‘School of Sanctuary’ status.


In order to achieve this status schools have to:


  • Learn– through workshops that will enable children in KS1 and 2 to learn new facts and information about what it means to seek Sanctuary.
  • Embed– taking steps to welcome new arrivals so they feel welcome and supported in school.
  • Share– sharing all the great work that has been completed to become a welcoming school with parents, pupils and the local community.


This is all FREE!


If you would like further details or to book please contact or call 01304 242755.