About GDWG


Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group website is here.

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group was set up in 1995 when the UK Immigration Service began to detain people at a small holding centre near Gatwick Airport. The following year, Tinsley House Detention Centre was built, and we became a registered charity. We work to improve the welfare and wellbeing of people held in detention by offering friendship and support and advocating for fair treatment

A new detention facility at Gatwick, Brook House, opened in March 2009. Brook House operates alongside Tinsley House, and both centres are currently run by Group 4 Security (G4S). GDWG supports detainees held at both centres.

GDWG has now  around 70 volunteers, who visit and befriend asylum seekers and immigration detainees at Tinsley House, Brook House. The Group believes that each detainee has a right to be treated with respect and compassion, whatever the outcome of their case. We also have a small staff team who manage the volunteers and provide support and advocacy to detainees.

We are non-party political and do not represent any vested interests. We use our own insight into the experiences of detainees to try to improve conditions, inform policy and challenge negative images of asylum seekers and other immigration detainees, both through our own work and by networking with other organisations who help detainees, such as the Association for Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID)Detention Action and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). We are also participating members of the Detention Monitoring Group and Detention Forum.

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group is a Registered Charity in England and Wales, Number 1124328