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Asylum support rates ruled unlawful

(9 Apr 2014) Great news. Today, a High Court judge ruled that current Home Office policy on asylum support rates is unlawful. Refugee Action took the Home Office to court back in February, calling on them to urgently review their asylum support... read more (Asylum support rates ruled unlawful) »

What’s happening around the country?

These are the latest stories from City of Sanctuary movements and streams around the UK. We also have a full list of City of Sanctuary Groups and Movements.


Report from the Churches’ Refugee Network conference, at Sheffield, 5th April 2014.

(14 Apr) Christians from churches across the country, from Bournemouth to Newcastle upon Tyne, from Liverpool to Gravesend, attended the annual Churches’ Refugee Network conference in Sheffield on 5 April. Many who attended were asylum seekers... read more »


The Maternity Stream of Sanctuary wins two prizes at the COST conference in Brussels

(14 Apr) The COST international conference on Optimising Childbirth ran over two days and had nearly 100 presentations from around the world. Rose McCarthy, Jackie Ingham, Dasha Pluto and Mel Cooper from the Maternity Stream of Sanctuary presented... read more »

What does a woman need to know before her asylum interview?

(7 Apr) Why Refugee Women? have put together a document of information that women should know before they are interviewed. read more »


Report of the Immigration Bill in the Lords

(8 Apr) On 3 April, the House of Lords discussed an amendment, tabled by Baroness Masham and Lord Rogers, which would ensure that charges for primary healthcare are not made when it is not cost effective to do so or where this would put public... read more »

Former rectory becomes place of sanctuary for survivors of torture

(12 Feb) In the heart of Norfolk, a former rectory has become a therapeutic retreat centre focused on working with survivors of torture and other marginalized groups. Wife and husband Sophie North and Ben Margolis moved to The Grange in September... read more »


Bradford passes 'City of Sanctuary' review with flying colours

(26 Mar) With 90 councillors in attendance, Bradford’s Lord Mayor received a certificate from Tiffy Allen, the National CoS Coordinator, in the Banqueting Hall at Bradford’s City Hall on 25th March. Tiffy, Will Sutcliffe (Bradford CoS... read more »

Tackling Inequalities in Healthcare: Bradford conference

(13 Jan) For a report on this really excellent conference that took place in Sept 2013, see: read more »


Gateway refugees celebrate 1st decade

(25 Mar) Refugees and friends from across the world crammed into Highfield Trinity Church Hall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first ‘Gateway’ group resettling in Sheffield. These are refugees selected by the United Nations... read more »

Green Party leader at Sheffield protest

(6 Jan) The leader of the Green Party met asylum seekers and support workers at the multi-agency drop-in at Victoria Hall during a fleeting visit to Sheffield. Natalie Bennett came to the city to support a demonstration against the Immigration... read more »


Leicester joins nine other UK cities in the Still Human Still Here campaign.

(21 Mar) Leicester became the tenth city and the first in the Midlands to pass the Still Human Still Here resolution opposing policy that results in the destitution of asylum seekers at various points in the asylum process. The motion was agreed... read more »

Successful Town of Sanctuary meeting in Loughborough

(18 Jan) 67 people turned out for the first Public Meeting organised by City of Sanctuary in Loughborough on Wednesday 15th January. The vast majority were keen to set up a new Town of Sanctuary group to welcome the hundreds of asylum seekers who... read more »


Upcoming 'Leeds No Borders' Events

(12 Mar) The following events are with ‘Leeds No Borders’ rather than City of Sanctuary. Please contact them directly for more info. Tuesday 18th March Leeds No Borders screening of Malian film ‘Bamako’ followed by... read more »

Leeds Schools of Sanctuary at City of Sanctuary AGM

(12 Feb) Two schools from our Schools of Sanctuary network, Lawnswood High School and New Bewerley Community School, took part in the national City of Sanctuary AGM this year on 27th January 2014. read more »


Refugee Boy Tour going well

(27 Feb) We are delighted that Refugee Boy is now on tour. Reviews are fabulous and this is such a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and engage a new audience to sanctuary issues. Click here for full details of the tour showing at... read more »


Catholic Priest ‘left’ presbytery to sleep rough on streets

(24 Feb) IN an act of compassion, Rev Richard McKay, a Catholic Priest and Chair of Bristol City of Sanctuary has decided this time not only to lead from the pulpit but join others in the ‘front line’ sleeping rough on the street of... read more »

Health Care for all?

(6 Dec) BRISTOLIANS who have survived human rights abuses and war and sought sanctuary in the UK will speak out about their experience of not being able to access health care at an event commemorating International Human Rights Day (10 December). read more »


Children meet Bishop

Children meet Bishop

(21 Feb) Children from several Birmingham schools came together to meet the Catholic Bishop of Eritrea. St. Chad’s Primary School which hosted the event pays particular attention to ensure a welcome for refugee children and their parents.... read more »

Refugee Boy comes to Birmingham

(30 Dec) The West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Benjamin Zephaniah’s “Refugee Boy” is coming to the Birmingham Rep this April. Find out more read more »


Kirklees Council became the 8th Council to pass a motion against destitution

(28 Jan) Kirklees Council has become the 8th Council to pass a motion against destitution and joins Oxford, Bristol, Liverpool and Bradford as members of the Still Human Still Here coalition! Accompanied by Lucy from DASH (Destitute Asylum... read more »


Swansea University lecturer launches book on refugee experiences in Wales at Liberty Stadium

(22 Jan) A new book presenting the experiences of refugees in Wales is to be launched at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea on Thursday 23 January 2014. Are You Happy With That? is published by the Hafan Books project, run by Swansea University German... read more »

Anti-Slavery Day Event 2013, Swansea.

(28 Oct) Friday 18th October is Anti-Slavery Day, and to mark the day, Swansea City of Sanctuary, in partnership with Swansea University’s Student Union Human Rights Action Society, hosted a multi-sensory exhibition at the university’s Singleton... read more »


Liverpool City of Sanctuary Celebrates International Migrants Day

(16 Jan) Liverpool City of Sanctuary joined the celebrations at Liverpool Town Hall on the 18th December for International Migrants Day. Following celebrations across the UK, the event organized by Liverpool City Council provided migrant... read more »


Poem - Express Yourself

(1 Dec) Justice Matters read more »

Workshops/Talks for Primary, Secondary & Sixth Forms

(28 Nov) …I particularly liked the one where the children had to imagine a tree as a person seeking asylum; this lead to such interesting comparisons. I was not sure about choosing activities for the children at first, but actually, it was... read more »