SOAS Detainee Support are a group which attempts to break the isolation of immigration detention, and supports people to take control of their cases and resist their imprisonment and deportation. Edge Fund have provided grants for them in our last two funding rounds. Below is a short update from them on how the grants Edge Fund have provided have helped in their work.
SOAS Detainee Support attempts to break the isolation of immigration detention through visiting and supporting people to take control of their cases and resist their imprisonment and deportation.
We strive to create strong communities of resistance to fight for an end to immigration detention. We are a grassroots, small organisation informed by politics of truth, accountability and change. We work in solidarity, not charity, putting the voices of migrants and people in immigration detention at the forefront of our work, and our membership.
We visit over 100 people a year, as well as our wider campaigning work. We are able to do this amount of work because of our large group of visitors and organising members, but we also rely on a small amount of paid coordinator time. The Edge Fund grant contributed towards the salary costs of our coordinators.
It can be a challenge for small groups like ours to secure funding and Edge Fund supported us at a time when we did not have access to other grant money. This allowed us to continue our work and work on our long term sustainability.
It’s so important that an organisation like the Edge Fund exists to support grassroots groups who do so much on a shoestring, but struggle to get funding. Thank you for your support!