Kent Refugee Help
Kent Refugee Help is a small charity supporting detainees in Dover Immigration Removal Centre. The centre holds up to 316 men on an indefinite basis for administrative reasons linked to their immigration status. Many are refused asylum seekers and a large number are ex foreign national offenders, people who have committed offences, often as a direct result of their lack of secure immigration status.
We are a user- led organization and work with detainees to help them obtain their liberty; their ideas, experiences and active involvement with our organization informs our outreach work. Support is through individual casework; we help detainees find sureties for immigration bail, access legal advice and representation and medical reports to strengthen or re-start asylum claims. Support continues after release if requested as former detainees face many barriers to integration due to isolation, poverty and insecure immigration status. Our clients tell us us that the caseworker’s intervention is invaluable, helping them remain positive during the difficult period of their detention.
Postal address: PO Box 192, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1WA
Kent Refugee Help is seeking a volunteer to work one day a week in Dover with one of our case workers who assists foreign nationals detained in the Dover Immigration Centre. The caseworker helps detainees to obtain their liberty by finding sureties for immigration bail, enabling access to legal and medical advice, and offering personal support. Previous volunteers have given significant help with administration, writing up case studies, and keeping records.
This could be a great opportunity to obtain valuable skills in administration and a hands on knowledge of the detention system. KRH will reimburse you for the main expenses incurred in volunteering. For more information you can log-in to the Kent Refugee Help website: www.kentrefugeehelp.org.uk, which also contains a blog by a recent volunteer. If you are interested, please download and fill in the attached application form, and send it to Kent Refugee Help, PO Box 192, Whitstable, CT5 1WA
To discuss the role/opportunity further call: Pete Keenan on: 0785 0213459
Please look at our short video about Dover Immigration Removal Centre.
Kent Refugee Help is involved with the Detention Forum; a collective of NGOs questioning the legitimacy of indefinite detention.
Kent Refugee Help supports Justice For All - the campaign for free legal advice.