We have four paid members of staff who work from the office, supporting volunteers and assisting people held in detention, and working with other NGOs in the sector. People find out about us through the staff at the centres, or through our information leaflet, which is available in 19 languages and is displayed prominently within the centres. Initial contact is usually made over the phone to our office staff, who explain who we are and what we do, and ask people if they would like us to visit them. We maintain strict codes of confidentiality, and people detained are entitled to access a copy of the information we keep on them.
Strategic decisions are made by our Board of Trustees. The Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of GDWG and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it has been set up.
Trustees, volunteers and staff also work to raise awareness of the plight of people held in immigration detention, by writing articles, submissions to governmental and non-governmental bodies, and by giving talks to a wide range of organisations.
In order to pay our staff and run the organisation, we need to raise well over £150,000 each year. The group is very grateful to the many trusts and charitable foundations which have provided us with financial support over the years.
As well as these large funders, we are also indebted to hundreds of individuals, churches and other groups in and around Gatwick who give so generously and enable us to continue our work.
The AB Charitable Trust
The Allen Lane Foundation
Awards for All
Big Lottery Fund
The Bromley Trust
Crawley Borough Council
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
The Henry Smith Charity
J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
The Joseph Rank Trust
Llankelly Chase Foundation
Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales
The Longley Trust
The Rowan Charitable Trust
Sussex Community Foundation
The Tudor Trust
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