City of Sanctuary is a movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. Our network of local groups includes boroughs, towns and cities across the UK and Ireland, all committed to building this culture of welcome across every sphere of society.
Wherever refugees go, we want them to feel safe and find people who will welcome them.
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Refugee Action calls for lasting policy solutions to the refugee crisis
Today Refugee Action launched a petition specifically calling for Britain to take the lead in developing lasting solutions including resettlement and…
CoS AGM – inspires delegates
Personal notes on the AGM from Joseph Chivayo, Derby CoS and Red Cross volunteer:
Beeston Primary School to launch charity single ‘Child of the Universe’
The wonderful Beeston Primary School are releasing the song ‘Child of the Universe’ as a charity single. The song was written as part of the school becoming a School of Sanctuary.
Corrymeela 50th Anniversary in Dublin
Dublin will be hosting a celebration of 50 years activity by the Corrymeela Community on the weekend of 8-10 May, and City of Sanctuary will have a major part in the celebrations. For more information look at this link:Posted by: Dublin
#RefugeesWelcomeHere Photo Exhibition
City of Sanctuary volunteers are organising a photo exhibition for Refugee Week (15-21 June) – venue TBC. These will be portraits of two people – someone who came to Leeds seeking sanctuary and someone who welcomed them – to be exhibited alongside conversations between the two about their friendship and what it’s meant to them both.
New Report on Maternity Care for Migrant Women by – Doctors of the World
Experiences of Pregnant Migrant Women receiving Ante/Peri and Postnatal Care in the UK – A Doctors of the World Report.…Posted by: City Template
Refugee week is coming! #RefugeesContribute: share your story of how
Refugee Week 2015 is a great opportunity to celebrate the contribution of refugees and City of Sanctuary groups along with…
Bishop calls Britain to hold its moral compass on refugees
One of the country’s most senior bishops, Rt Rev David Walker, the bishop of Manchester, writing in The Guardian, said Britain has a moral imperative to accept refugees from conflicts in which it has participated. Rt Rev David Walker says it is ‘unworthy’ for politicians to label displaced migrants as criminals, and the country should take in ‘fair share’.
Birmingham has its second School of Sanctuary
On Friday 24th April we were delighted to present the School of Sanctuary Award to the Oasis Academy Foundry in Winson Green. The school has children from all over the world and 40 different languages are spoken. The school is on the corner of James Turner Street (the infamous “Benefits Street”) and the Oasis Academy Chain took over just as the first programme was being broadcas. In spite of the high turnover (the average stay is two terms) because the…Posted by: Birmingham
AGM and the newly elected committee; a celebration of diverse women!
Swansea City of Sanctuary held its AGM at the YMCA on April 15th 2015. There was in excess of sixty…Posted by: Swansea
Open letter to David Cameron: Building Fortress Europe has disgracefully deadly results
City of Sanctuary joins 18 charities in plea to The Prime Minister to respond to the crisis in the Mediterranean,…
Booking Open for Leeds Maternity Conference
Monday 1st June: 9.30am-4pm Book now:Posted by: Maternity
JRF defines destitution as Home Office takes £16 a week from asylum seeking children
In the same week as the Home Office announces cuts to support for children of asylum seekers The Joseph Rowntree…
Inspiring “Ending Asylum Destitution” Conference
We are pleased to bring you this personal response from Helen Kemp – Bradford City of Sanctuary to the Ending…
Legal bombshell hits Campsfield expansion plan
*Update 12th March * The Campsfield House expansion plan is shelved by Home Secretary. See BBC Report here.
Court finds second aspect of the Detained Fast Track unlawful
On 16 December, the Court of Appeal found that the detention of asylum seekers who are not at risk of…
Sanctuary Summit: Standing in Solidity with Asylum Seekers and Refugees.
On Saturday 15th November 2014 in Birmingham, City of Sanctuary held a national conference, ‘Standing in Solidity with Asylum Seekers…Posted by: Manchester
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Asylum-seekers make history at national Summit
By Becky Lowe, on Behalf of Swansea City of Sanctuary.Posted by: Swansea
Leeds representation at the Sanctuary Summit
Leeds City of Sanctuary was just one of the many groups and organisations from across the country that attended the…