Information last updated on May 26, 2021

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Detention Action!

Currently recruiting:

Female Advocacy Liaison Volunteer

We have created a new Female Advocacy Liaison Volunteer role which is designed to ensure that all lived experiences of migration and detention are reflected in our frontline work and in our recruitment processes. The role will be fully remote and can be done from anywhere in the UK. We will provide induction training via an online platform and telephone support and supervision.

The purpose of this position is to act as a link between Detention Action (DA) and volunteers, including volunteers with lived experience of the immigration detention and immigration and asylum system. Working alongside to other Advocacy Liaison Volunteers (ALVs) the female ALV will facilitate training and induction. This includes developing and drafting new volunteer training materials and resources to contribute to the improvement of the casework service and create a culturally diverse volunteering and staffing team.

Please apply by way of the below form, and contact volunteer@detentionaction.org.uk with any queries.


We are not currently recruiting for any other roles, but are so grateful for your interest. Please complete this form, and we will contact you when recruitment opens for other roles.

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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