The Southampton and Winchester Visitor's Group (SWVG) is a group of volunteers who befriend and support asylum seekers and refugees in the Southampton area.
With the help of many generous donors, we offer financial assistance to those who are homeless and destitute. Through our legal justice project we have access to advice from a leading immigration
solicitor. We try to give asylum seekers a voice by reaching out to churches, schools and community groups and we campaign for a fairer asylum system.
We aim to reduce the isolation and marginalisation of asylum seekers and improve their wellbeing. Our Visitors maintain a one-to-one relationship with their Client, usually meeting weekly, providing practical advice and links to legal and health services, and connections with community and faith organisations. We have a presence every week at a Drop-in Centre alongside other refugee support organisations
Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.
We support thousands of people through our own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals.
Music therapy is a specialist use of music that aims to facilitate physical and emotional wellbeing, and to promote the development and retention of key communication skills. A wide range of instruments can be used in music therapy, including the voice, and the music created is often improvised. Music therapists support people to develop their own ways of being musical in order to explore their potential and connect with the world around them.
In the hands of a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, unlock forgotten memories for those living with dementia or provide comfort and celebrate the life of someone facing a terminal illness.
Our vision is a world where music therapy is available to all who need it. Through the delivery of high-quality music therapy services across the UK, our Masters-level music therapy training and our dedicated research to enrich, strengthen and demonstrate the effectiveness of our work, our mission is to bring life-changing music therapy to as many people as possible.
FORWARD's vision is;
A world where women and girls live in dignity, are healthy, have choices and equal opportunities.
To achieve this vision we work on three key issues: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Child Marriage and obstetric Fistula. Our approach to these issues includes community engagement and government lobbying, in recognition that many levels must be engaged to end these practices.
Engaging with the communities affected by FGM, child marriage and obstetric fistula is the basis of FORWARD's work.
Our programmes enable African women and girls from affected communities to gain the confidence and skills to become
advocates for change.
Our work on FGM, child marriage and obstetric fistula is informed by research carried out by women and girls in their
communities. This enables them to become champions of the change they want to see, and ensures that our work is based on the community's expressed needs.
During this particular year we joined forces with the Sports Department and together we hosted 12 events in 2012 for the following charities: