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Oxford / Campsfield House IRC

Oxford / Campsfield House IRC

Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre is approximately five miles north of Oxford and has been operating since 1993. It is a long-term centre. Campsfield is run by contractor MITIE and can house up to 276 men, with around 30% being foreign national ex-offenders who have completed prison sentences. The average stay at Campsfield is 55 days.

MID has been working regularly at Campsfield House since 2008. Recent work has included ‘Song In A Day’, Balkan singing, percussion workshops and workshops for Diwali, Christmas and Chinese New Year. Events have also included an outdoor BBQ day at the centre and songwriting workshops. We delivered over 30 workshops with detainees and six in the local community each year, working with Music for Change.

Community exchanges have included Pegasus Primary School on the Blackbird Leys estate, people with mental health problems (with Restore), and homeless people through Oxford Homeless Pathways.

“MID delivers quality, relevant workshops, engaging detainees at all levels. They provide fresh and interesting events… opportunity for detainees to express themselves through music and helps bring detainees together.”

Campsfield Centre Manager

Oxfordshire

Although unemployment is amongst the lowest in the country and Oxfordshire is a largely prosperous area, housing availability and affordability remains a problem and there are pockets of significant deprivation. Eighteen local areas in the county are within the 20% most deprived in England.