AVID (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees)

AVID (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees)

Charity information

AVID (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees)

AVID is a small charity with a national reach. We support 17 volunteer visitors groups around the country, who in turn coordinate over 650 volunteers supporting people in immigration detention in prison conditions all over the UK.

As the national organisation supporting volunteer visiting, AVID plays an important role in challenging and changing attitudes to detention in the UK. The UK is unique in detaining migrants without a time limit and we work to change that.

Founded 1994

  • Mission statement

    AVID aims to address the isolation and injustice of
    immigration detention in the UK. We do this by
    supporting, strengthening, and promoting volunteer visiting nationally, and by working towards positive
    change for all people in detention.

    Our work is varied, but we focus on supporting and developing the network of grassroots visitors groups (providing training, advocacy support, advice, information and resources); raising awareness of the needs of people in detention nationally, and pushing for positive change in the use of detention in the UK.

    AVID's work directly impacts on the over 28,000 people who are detained every year. We successfully challenge ill treatment and poor conditions, working to improve policy and practice. Importantly we also work towards systemic change by pushing for an end to the detention of vulnerable people, a time limit on detention, and the use of community based alternatives.


  • Aims

    AVID (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees) aims to:

    • Building a skilled, knowledgeable and confident support network of volunteer visitors, so that all those in immigration detention can receive practical and emotional support.
    • Raising awareness of the realities of immigration detention nationally, through provision of information, so that detention is no longer hidden, but known as a public concern.
    • To push for positive changes in the detention system nationally, particularly working on policy and advocacy programmes to end the detention of vulnerable people.
  • Overview

    Established: August 1994

    Registered Charity Number: 1063784

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 2

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 650

    Phone number: 0207 281 0533

    Address: 115 Mare Street, London E8 4RU

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