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HOW YOU CAN HELPBECOME A VISITOROTHER WAYS TO HELP

Background

There are different ways in which people help and support us. Some people give their time and become visitors. Others might not be able to commit to this, but help us financially or by donating clothing. As a charity with limited means, we are grateful for any help we receive.

Becoming a visitor

Visiting is challenging and often stressful. For this reason, qualities such as emotional maturity, empathy and impartiality are more valuable to us than any previous experience. To cope with the demands of visiting, volunteers must have clearly defined boundaries and a realistic understanding of their own limitations. GDWG visitors come from many walks of life, are of every age and from different cultural and professional backgrounds. There are five steps in becoming a visitor:

  1. Introductory session: We hold regular sessions throughout the year, which enable you to meet with us and find out if visiting is for you. Please \contact the office\ if you are interested in attending our next session.
  2. Interview: We interview all potential volunteers.
  3. References: We ask for two character references and check all new volunteers with the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  4. Induction: Our staff will provide a full induction, which includes an accompanied first visit to Tinsley House or Brook House.
  5. Training: We ask new visitors to complete a mandatory session for all new volunteers. This cover the legal aspects of detention, the psychological effects for detainees, cultural awareness and listening skills. We provide regular ongoing training for all of our volunteers throughout the year on various aspects of visiting, often bringing in external trainers.

Our volunteers come from the following catchment areas – Brighton, Crawley, Reigate/Redhill, Horsham, and Oxted/East Grinstead. Local support groups are held every six to eight weeks in each of these areas, to enable visitors to share their experiences with each other. In addition, our four members of staff are on hand during office hours to help with any worries visitors may have concerning the detainee they are visiting.

If you live in another part of the country and would like to become a visitor, please contact \AVID\, who can advise you further.

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“I volunteer for GDWG because I am appalled at the way refugees and asylum seekers are being treated by the government, and I want to do whatever I can to help them.”
GDWG volunteer

“I would like to say thank you for your loving care. Your group are doing something very great by giving people hope to live again. I really gave up at a time when I was so depressed, but my visitor would always come around, talk to me, care about my welfare.”
Ex-detainee

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