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Samphire is an independent charity which has both a national remit and a local one. Nationally, our Ex-detainee Project provides support and advice to ex-detainees via a Freephone helpline,  open five days a week and runs a community champion programme for ex-detainees in four regions of the UK.

Locally, in Dover, Samphire runs a community engagement project working with migrant and British communities to improve social cohesion, and better inclusion of migrants into Dover and surrounding areas of Kent. In Kent schools we encourage children to challenge widely held misconceptions about migration and to support communities to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness.

People released from detention are not allowed to work in the UK or to access social support. From our years of experience of working with detainees in the Dover Immigration Removal Centre, we have a wealth of knowledge about peoples experiences in and after detention. Nationwide there is increasing evidence that public perceptions about immigration are often inaccurate and Samphire is working to provide the facts in Kent and beyond.By working with the local communities and schools in Dover, by empowering ex-detainees, and by sharing what we learn in our day-to-day casework, our aim is to challenge assumptions that you can be treated unfairly, depending on who you are or where you come from.Our policy work seeks to influence the wider debate about migration and related issues to improve conditions for our client group and our communities.

Find out more about us by visiting our website:,  facebook: samphireproject, and twitter: samphire_

Charity No: 1106667

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