Privacy Statement

Who we are:

Samphire started life as the Dover Detainee Visitor Group back in 2002. It came into being as a result of concerns felt by a number of local residents about the plight of the people detained at the newly established Dover Immigration Removal Centre. Our work started as a volunteer visiting scheme through which people detained could be visited by members of the local community, the purpose of which was to reduce the social isolation of detainees and to extend the hand of friendship. The group registered as a charity in 2004. In the years since then the charity expanded to include a Detention Support Project, a Legal Project, an Awareness Raising Project and an Ex-Detainee Project, and with this a name change to Samphire.

After the closure of Dover Immigration Removal Centre in October 2015, the work of the Detention Support Project and Legal Projects came to an end. The work of the Ex-Detainee Project continued and, following consultation with our volunteers, members and stakeholders, Samphire took the decision to expand the Awareness-Raising aspect of our work.

In February 2016 Samphire’s Community Engagement Project was established to challenge attitudes towards migration and to focus bringing together migrant and British communities to improve social cohesion, and better inclusion of migrants in Dover and surrounding areas of Kent.

The Ex-Detainee Project was awarded another 3 years of funding in November 2017 and has extended its service by creating the Community Champion Programme in four regions of the UK.

What information we collect:

Personal information is any information that can be used to identify you. For example, it can include information such as your name, date of birth, email address, postal address, telephone number, as well as information relating to your health or personal circumstances. It can also include photographs and videos.

Information you provide to us

You may be asked to give us information in order to sign up for one of our events, attend a group or activity or receive our services. This information may include:

  • your name
  • age or age range
  • address
  • next of kin or parents/carers/guardians details
  • Any relevant Health conditions or additional needs (in order to keep you safe). This is sensitive data, and we need it as it lets us know what we should do if you were to become unwell
  • This is sensitive data and we may ask for this in order to understand our migrant communities better.
  • Bank Details (only for one service where we may make a payment to you).

Sensitive Personal Information we hold: 

Data Protection Law recognises that some categories of personal information are more sensitive. Sensitive Personal Information can include information about a person’s health, race, ethnic origin, political opinions, sex life, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

If you contact our Ex Detainee Helpline or via other more general communications, such as blogs or emails, you may choose to provide details of a sensitive nature.

We will only use this information:

  • For the purposes of dealing with your enquiry, training, and quality monitoring or evaluating the services we provide.
  • We will not pass on your details to anyone else without your express permission except in exceptional circumstances. Examples of this might include anyone reporting serious self-harm or posing a threat to others or children contacting us and sharing serious issues such as physical abuse or exploitation.
  • Where you have given us your express consent or otherwise clearly indicated to us that you are happy for us to share your story, then we may publish it on our blog or in other media.


For a full read of our GDPR privacy statement click the link below

Client GDPR Privacy statement