The Morton Hall Detainees Visitors Group (MHDVG) is an organisation set up in July 2011 in response to the opening of the new Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre (detention centre) in Swinderby, Lincolnshire earlier that year. The centre holds up to 392 people and is very isolated in its location. The site is a former women’s prison.
We support people detained at Morton Hall IRC by providing a link to the outside world. Immigration Detention is the deprivation of liberty and the administrative detention of people can impact on them mentally and
emotionally in many ways.
Visits from people who care, people that aren’t part of the system that keeps them locked up, can be invaluable for the emotional wellbeing of the people we visit. We aim to to reduce the isolation that is all too common in detention centres. As well as providing friendship and support we are able to signpost the people we support to other services.