What it’s like to be a visitor

We’re looking for people to make a difference in the lives of those being held in immigration detention in Scotland.

Are you over 18? Could you be a friendly face, an attentive ear and an understanding connection? Yes? Then why not get involved, meet and help new people and develop fresh skills.

In normal circumstances, we visit people in Dungavel twice a week on a Monday and Thursday evening. You can also volunteer at our morning drop in sessions at Dungavel, which take place every two weeks on Wednesday mornings.

The Covid-19 crisis has had a serious impact on our services and we are currently only able to visit in a very limited form. We are continuing to develop our response and adapting our service to the current restrictons.

In this short film from AVID (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees), visitors, including some from SDV,  and people who have been in detention talk about visiting and being visited.

We’re recruiting next…

We are not currently recruiting visitors but when we are, opportunities will be advertised here

After you apply

We review all applications to create a shortlist. If you are shortlisted, we’ll ask you to attend our next volunteer recruitment and induction training session. You’ll meet our staff and some of our current visitors. You’ll also learn more about detention, immigration, asylum and what it’s like to volunteer for us.

After you’ve successfully completed our recruitment and induction training session, we can invite you to join us as a visitor. Here’s what some previous participants have said about the session:

I thought the facilitators were excellent – very informative and relaxed. I had a very enjoyable day”

“I thought the entire event was well-planned and useful. It answered all of my questions”

“SDV put together exactly what I would expect from a training/induction day.  The group activities we did were fun and informative

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