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Legal bombshell hits Campsfield expansion plan

(18 Feb 2015) There will be a peaceful lobby (‘Say NO to the Government’s plan to double the size of Campsfield’) of Cherwell District Council Planning Committee, on Thursday 19th February 2015, Assemble3:15pm Council Offices, Bodicote House,... read more (Legal bombshell hits Campsfield expansion plan) »

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.


Bristol Mayor to open first national conference on ending destitution for asylum-seekers

(5 Mar) MORE than 160 people from 29 UK cities will gather in Bristol on Friday 6 March to call for an end to government induced destitution among asylum-seekers at the first joint national conference between local authorities, refugee... read more »

All roads leads to Bristol to End Asylum Destitution...

(28 Feb) BRISTOL City of Sanctuary is hosting the first joint national conference between local authorities and the refugee & voluntary sector to focus on ending the scandal of asylum destitution in the UK. read more »


Job Vacancy with DPIA

(4 Mar) As you might be aware, one of our partner organisations, DPIA, has been successful in gaining funding from the Big Lottery in order to carry out a project titled “Wales Cities of Sanctuary”. The project brings together the... read more »

Unity in Diversity Group finds new venue!

(23 Feb) The Unity in Diversity group provides meals, support and learning opportunities to asylum seekers and refugees in the Swansea area. Due to the tragic closure of the Cyrenians community centre the UiD group has moved to a new venue and... read more »


Asylum Seekers, Refugees and the Church - successful Day Conference on 28th February

(3 Mar) On Saturday 28th February, in collaboration with Open Doors, Hull, and supported by Tearfund, we held a Day Conference in Jubilee Church Hull, on the subject of “Asylum Seekers, Refugees and the Church – How do we welcome... read more »


Yorkshire's Finest Flowers for an extraordinary Mum.

(2 Mar) Instead of giving a bunch of cut flowers this Mother’s Day, one local charity is leading the way by dedicating an area of living hay meadow, jam-packed with native wildflowers, as a lasting tribute for an extra special mum. Yorkshire... read more »

Maternity Stream on Radio 4

(3 Feb) Last week maternity stream volunteers recorded got a chance to share their stories far and wide by recording for a Radio 4 program, Entitlement to Care. The program will be aired on Friday February 13th at 11am. Entitlement to Care... read more »


“I Was a Stranger and you welcomed me…”

(2 Mar) “I Was a Stranger and you welcomed me…” On Thursday 5th February people from churches & faith groups across the Tees Valley gathered at the Trinity Centre, North Ormesby, to learn and share about how we can work together to provide... read more »

“I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed me…”

(29 Jan) On Thursday 5th Feb 2015 people from churches & faith groups across the Tees Valley will be gathering to learn and share together about how they can work together to provide hospitality and welcome to people seeking sanctuary in their... read more »


Leeds Schools Inclusion conference embraces Schools of Sanctuary

(2 Mar) Rose McCarthy (National Streams Coordinator) and Emily Wood, a refugee from Zimbabwe gave a talk about Schools of Sanctuary at the Leeds Beckett’s University Schools Inclusion Conference on February 24th 2015. 100 year 3 student... read more »

Latest Leeds Schools of Sanctuary newsletter

(10 Feb) This term we have many exciting items, including a campaign to support, performances to book and happy news about our new schools of sanctuary. read more »


Leicester CoS wins Big Lottery Awards Grant for welcoming project

(16 Feb) Thanks to volunteer Shali Bullough, Leicester City of Sanctuary has just been awarded £9,040 from the Lottery Fund for a welcoming project called Open Door. We hope that this project will run alongside our current Hello Leicester project... read more »

Santa Fun Run

Santa Fun Run!

(22 Jan) Several members of LCofS took part in a fun run organised by the Rotary Club of Loughborough on Sunday, December 7th 2014. They collected £365 in sponsorship, which will be increased by 25% through Gift Aid and by a share of the profits... read more »


Latest Leeds Schools of Sanctuary newsletter

(10 Feb) This term we have many exciting items, including a campaign to support, performances to book and happy news about our new schools of sanctuary. read more »

Yorkshire Dales Day Trip

(16 Dec)   The Maternity Stream was invited by the People and Dales On Friday 12TH December 2014, to spend a lovely day away in Airton, Yorkshire Dales. Mums, children and some volunteers had the opportunity to meet some local people who... read more »


Feedback from Councillors and Officers - Workshop

(10 Feb) Some of the feedback from Councillors and Officers… “Very insightful to understand route from Asylum Seeker to Refugee”. read more »


HMD candle

Bosnia-Herzegovina Community Centre hosts Holocaust Memorial Day event

(7 Feb) Keeping the Memory Alive 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the massacre of many people in Srebenica, Bosnia, who were remembered as part of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day events in Derby, along with the 70th anniversary of the... read more »

Derby Cathedral presented with award

Sanctuary award for Derby Cathedral

(14 Dec) On Sunday 18th January 2015 (Homeless Sunday), hundreds of people packed into Derby Cathedral for the morning Eucharist during which a Cathedral of Sanctuary award was presented by Rose McCarthy, National Streams Coordinator for City of... read more »


Asylum Talks Poster


(6 Feb) Dear All, We are excited to announce a series of talks in partnership with Refugee Support Devon, Be the Change Society and STAR. The first talk was a great success; an incredible first-hand insight into the work of an NGO in Aleppo... read more »

Sanctuary in Parliament

(24 Sep) On the 2nd of this month we had the privilege of going to Westminster to partake in the first ‘Sanctuary in Parliament’, an event where members of the City of Sanctuary movement came from all over the country to celebrate their... read more »


Ram and the Glasgow Girls  Left to right – Rosa, (Ram) Amal, Emma and Agnesa

Sanctuary Summit: Standing in Solidity with Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

(17 Dec) On Saturday 15th November 2014 in Birmingham, City of Sanctuary held a national conference, ‘Standing in Solidity with Asylum Seekers and Refugees’. Over 400 people attended from all over the British Isles. There were guest speakers and... read more »

Presentation on Work & Health

(17 Dec) Article 23 of the Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable working conditions and to protection against unemployment.” Those seeking sanctuary in the UK... read more »


Asylum Health Tree Banner

(15 Dec) From LEEDS INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL EDUCATION Community Newsletter :   Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network (LASSN) were recently approached to create a piece of artwork for Leeds University’s School of Medicine. The brief was to... read more »

Demos report on proposed NHS charges

(27 Oct) On 23 October, Demos launched a new report, Do No Harm.“Ensuring fair use of the NHS efficiently and effectively…” Commissioned by Doctors of the World, the research by Max Wind-Cowie and Claudia Wood, looks at how to ensure fair use of... read more »


Sanctum: A Refugee's Story - Successful play from Without Walls Theatre Company

(1 Dec) Sanctum: A Refugee’s Story – A Play by Without Walls Theatre Company On Sunday 23rd November, Sheffield celebrated Light Night, an event which marked the turning on of the Christmas lights. The event hosted a large and... read more »


Oxford City of Sanctuary Relaunch: First Annual General Meeting & Elections set for 10th December 2014

(30 Nov) Dear Friends, After a few years of quiet, old and new members have come together to support the relaunch of the Oxford City of Sanctuary movement. Oxford City of Sanctuary aims to promote the inclusion and welfare of those coming to the... read more »


Sheffield shows up in strength at Sanctuary Summit

(17 Nov) Sheffield organisations were well represented at the first ever Sanctuary Summit held in Birmingham last Saturday. At least 10 local people representing seven different local groups joined 400 others from all over Britain to express their... read more »

Sheffield speaks up in Parliament

(11 Sep) A presentation about City of Sanctuary Sheffield proved to be one of the highlights at a meeting in the Palace of Westminster, when our Awareness Co-ordinator Rodrigo Edema spoke about our work in local schools. Rodrigo was assisted by... read more »