Help for ex-detainees

Samphire is a charity which is independent of the UK Government. It runs a project to help ex-detainees access housing, legal representation, health-care and welfare support in their local areas. The project is nationwide, and where possible Samphire seeks to help ex-detainees who have been held in any of the UK's Immigration Removal Centres.  

What the project does:

  • Provides general advice after release from detention
  • Reimburses travel expenses to reporting centres, doctors, hospitals, dentists, lawyers, etc.
  • Provides emergency accommodation and emergency food vouchers
  • Provides clothes or vouchers to buy some clothes
  • Organises an annual conference on ex-detainee needs and issues to serve as a forum for information exchange and the establishment of best practice guidelines

Call the project on: 0800 9179397 or 01304 201 535 (these advice lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10.00 and 13.00)

Send the project a text message:  07714 490981

Email the project on:

Helpline for detainees

Tel: 020 7456 9750
Fax: 020 3745 5226

Helpline open Monday to Thursday between 10am and 12 midday


020 7456 9762 (Monday to Friday)
Please note, it is not possible to get information or advice via this number.

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