GDWG Walking Project – Walk with Us


(Image: Sarah Hickson)

GDWG walking project for former detainees, GDWG visitors and Refugee Tales walkers

If you have walked with Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group on Refugee Tales and are interested in being part of the walking community that meets between Refugee Tales events, please email: anna@gdwg.org.uk

Detainees at Brook House and Tinsley House immigration removal centres who have visitors from Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group are given the opportunity to sign up for weekend walks if they are released in the UK. These walks are held at least every two months for former detainees, Refugee Tales walkers and GDWG visitors.

Walks are in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and are typically on a Saturday over eight miles. These are an opportunity for former detainees to experience the countryside in a walking community. It is a chance to break the daily routine, enjoy some physical exercise, see new landscapes and meet people who are keen to welcome new walkers.

There is no cost for former detainees to join the walks. Anyone who had a GDWG visitor can join three walks after release from detention. We can help with travel and waterproof clothing.

Visitors or Refugee Tales walkers pay a subscription of £20 a year to join the walks.

One former detainee wrote  ‘ I am not allowed to work and the days seem very lonely and long. Going on the walks  mean the walking days are better for me. I had never experienced the countryside. We talk about many things’…

One GDWG visitor wrote ‘I have been very moved by the experience of walking with former detainees.  Their delight in the English countryside in all weathers is one thing, but the benefit of walking and talking for everyone who takes part is profound.’

In case of emergency, Avril’s mobile number is 07952 878496

The next dates for the Walking Project are:

Monday 7 May 2018 – Reigate, Surrey
Ramblings Walk. This is the Bank Holiday.

This will be a walk with Ramblings, the Radio 4 programme presented by Clare Balding.
The programme will focus on how walking is a benefit to us all, including the members of our group who have been in immigration detention, and how the Walk With Us project contributes to our mental health and integration.

We will meet at 11am Reigate Railway Station (North side).
The walk will be about 4 miles.

Please bring a packed lunch to share and water.

Click on the link below to register for the Walk With Us/Ramblings.

 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walk-with-us-refugee-tales-and-ramblings-monday-7th-may-tickets-44770904982


Sunday 13 May 2018 – Christ’s Hospital, Sussex  Participate in events focusing on Refugee Tales at Christ’s Hospital School.

This walk will be around Christ’s Hospital School, finishing with a spoken-word picnic.
There is a train/bus service from London Victoria via Three Bridges to Christs Hospital Railway Station.

We will meet at Christ’s Hospital Railway Station at 12 noon.

Please bring a packed lunch to share and water. The route of around 8 miles will be muddy if wet.
We will walk together before joining students and staff around 4pm at Christs Hospital School where we are all invited to a ‘spoken word picnic tea’.

Click on the link below to register for the Walk With Us/Christ’s Hospital
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walk-with-us-refugee-tales-at-christs-hospital-tickets-44771432560


If you are interested in being part of the walking community that meets between Refugee Tales events, please email: anna@gdwg.org.uk