Contact your MP
Email or write to your local MP, or book an appointment to see them at their surgery. You can find out who they are here. Ask them to support an end to indefinite detention, and to take action on this issue in Parliament. You can find a sample letter to your MP at the bottom of this page.
Volunteer with a local visitors group
Local visitors groups support people in immigration detention around the UK. For the full list of visitor groups and their contact details if you are interested in being a volunteer, see the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detention / 0207 281 0533
The origins of Refugee Tales come from:
Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group – supporting people detained in Brook House and Tinsley House by Gatwick Airport.
Samphire – supporting and advocating for ex-detainees across the UK.
Kent Refugee Help – supporting immigration detainees held in Her Majesty’s Prisons Maidstone, Wormwood Scrubs, Pentonville, Wandsworth and Elmley.
This year 2018, we walked through the ‘territories’ of these local groups:
Walthamstow Migrants’ Action Group
Migrants Resource Centre
The Hackney Migrant Centre
RAMFEL – Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London
ISS – Integration Support Services
St Albans for Refugees
If you do not live near an immigration detention centre, you could volunteer with a local organisation supporting asylum seekers, refugees or migrants in your local community. Click here for details of organisations in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex area.
Raise awareness about Indefinite Detention in your local area
If you are based in Sussex, invite GDWG to give a talk at a local community group, school or place of worship.
If you want to give your own talk about Indefinite Detention or your experience with the Refugee Tales, there are resources available on the GDWG website – and feel free to contact GDWG on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want any advice or support around preparing or delivering a talk.
Sample letter to your MP in MS Word format
There is more information on the statistics of detention from The Migration Observatory at Oxford University here and you could search online for “immigration statistics uk home office” for the latest UK Government data.