Information last updated on August 31, 2021

Detention Action is not currently recruiting for volunteers. We’re so grateful for any interest in supporting our work, and would ask that anyone who would like to volunteer with us fills in this form, so that we can contact you when we open recruitment again.

More about our volunteers’ experiences:

Remote volunteering from around the world – Leila

The paradox of visiting people in detention – Anthony

“I regularly speak to people who are in absolute despair” – Mary-Ann

Detention Action relies on the work of volunteers to deliver support and advice to people in immigration detention. We support people – providing emotional and practical support and advice – in the two immigration detention centres near Heathrow, in Morton Hall IRC and to those detained under immigration powers in London prisons. The majority of people in the centres are men, from a range of countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. They may be refused asylum seekers, ex-offenders, visa overstayers or people going through the asylum process.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we, like many organisations have had to change the way we work with clients, provide our services and support our volunteers. Along with many challenges this has provided us with a great opportunity to reassess the way we work, opening up roles to people who previously may not have been able to volunteer due to geographical location.

As a result, we have created two new remote roles – Remote Advocacy and Support Volunteer and Remote Volunteer Interpreter. Both roles are fully remote and can be done from anywhere in the UK. We will provide induction training via an online platform, ongoing training, telephone support and supervision.

We really welcome applications from individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds including those who have lived experience of immigration detention and the UK immigration system.

Volunteer roles at Detention Action

Remote Advocacy and Support Volunteers (UK)

Advocacy and Support Volunteers (ASVs) give a wide range of practical as well as emotional support to people in detention. ASVs are the first contact for people in detention calling our free phone, and are responsible for supporting a caseload of clients.  They provide non-immigration advice on people’s rights and how to access support and accommodation to which they can be released from detention.  ASVs also put people in touch with legal advisors and support organisations, such as BID or Medical Justice.

You would need to be available to commit to least one day a week from 10am – 5pm for six months.

Remote Volunteer Interpreters (UK)

Volunteer Interpreters provide simultaneous telephone interpreting between staff and volunteers in the office and people in detention. We are particularly looking for people who are fluent in Albanian, Bengali, Farsi, Hindi, Kurdish Sorani, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian and Urdu.

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