The Morton Hall Detainees Visitors Group (MHDVG) was 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.
The purpose of the group is to support people detained at Morton Hall IRC by providing a link to the outside world. Immigration Detention is the deprivation of liberty and administrative detention of someone and always affects people mentally and
Visits from people who care, people that aren’t part of the system that keeps them locked up, can be invaluable for detainees’ emotional wellbeing. We arrange to visit those detained at Morton Hall and stay in contact by phone to reduce the isolation that is all too common in detention centres. As well as providing friendship we are able to signpost the people we support to other services.