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. City of Sanctuary operates under local group names which can be found on the groups page. In Ireland City of Sanctuary operates under the name Places of Sanctuary Ireland.
Wherever refugees go, we want them to feel safe and find people who will welcome them.
City of Sanctuary are working with Asylum Matters and the Parliamentary Manager for the Refugee Council and the AAPG for Refugees to hold the 4th Sanctuary in Parliament event with the theme:
“Dignity not Destitution: Ending poverty and homelessness in the asylum system”…
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Sanctuary in Parliament 2017!
City of Sanctuary are working with Asylum Matters and the Parliamentary Manager for the Refugee Council and the AAPG for…
Improving Health Support for Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Conference
14th Dec 2017, 9:30am-4:30pmPosted by: Health
Gecko is an award winning and internationally acclaimed physical theatre company touring nationally and internationally. Striving to make their work…
Nominations open for the UNHCR refugee women of the year
The Women on the Move Awards recognise and celebrate women who have migrated or fled persecution themselves and find time to…
“We are still here” – Report from Women for Refugee Women
Last month, a new report from Women for Refugee Women was published – We are still here: the continued detention…
Learning and Sharing event Yorkshire and Humber
By Paul FitzPatrick Representatives from the various ‘Cities of Sanctuary’ across Yorkshire and Humberside met on 28 October for a ‘Learning…Posted by: Doncaster
Asylum seekers visit Lincoln, enjoy a BBQ; history of Doncaster welcoming refugees and other news from Doncaster Conversation Club.
Here is View from the Edge – the Doncaster Conversation Club newsletter no. 35 with coverage of our wonderful activities,…Posted by: Doncaster
Will Your MP Support a New EDM for a Time Limit on Detention?
Catherine West MP for Hornsey & Wood Green has tabled an Early Day Motion calling for a time limit on…
New Data Protection Law to Limit Privacy and Data Protection Rights of Migrants
Campaigners from Liberty and JCWI have warned that a clause smuggled into the Government’s new data protection law would create…
Bring Families Together: Refugee Council Supporter Action on Family Reunion
We urge our supporters to join The Refugee Council new supporter action, which they have just launched as part of their campaign…
The Guardian investigates “squalid, unsafe” Asylum Accommodation.
As friends of asylum seekers, we in City of Sanctuary already know about the substandard accommodation given to asylum seekers forced…
Welsh Refugee Coalition is recruiting volunteers!
Sanctuary in the Senedd is being held on January 24th 2018.Posted by: Swansea
Annual Report 2016-2017
You can find here some of our annual report 2016-2017. The link to the whole file can be found on the bottom of the page. We’re really proud of our work so far and are looking forward to more good.Posted by: Manchester
Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers
Community Development Workers for Adult Mental Health at the NHS contacted Preston City of Sanctuary this summer to find out…Posted by: Preston
New Social Media campaign: Unlocking Detention – 16th October to 22nd December
City of Sanctuary are members of the Detention Forum and encourage all our supporters to promote this year’s tour of…
CoS founder wins national peace award
City of Sanctuary’s founder and national patron has been awarded this year’s Wilson- Hinkes Peace Prize for his pioneering work in initiating…Posted by: Sheffield
‘Sanctuary Break’ to Corrymeela 8.7.17
By Yvonne BoylePosted by: Causeway
Reflections on Schools of Sanctuary in Bristol
In 2014, St Nicholas of Tolentine RC Primary School was officially recognised as one of our Schools of Sanctuary. The…Posted by: Bristol
“Refugees without Refuge” – new report from the Refugee Council
The Refugee Council report – Refugees without refuge was published in September 2017.
New research from Refugee Action: English language provision
New research from Refugee Action: English language provision ‘not fit for purpose’ as refugees wait up to three years to start…
World on our doorstep – “Horsforth Refugee Camp” in Leeds
Hostile Environment: Checks on 70m Bank Accounts in Search for Illegal Immigrants
In a recent article, the Guardian revealed that banks and building societies will be carrying out immigration checks on 70m current…
“Cracks in the Irish deterrent asylum system”
Asylum campaigner, John Grayson has written an insightful article on the Direct Provision (DP) system for asylum seekers in Ireland. The DP…
Widden Primary School becomes Gloucester’s First School of Sanctuary
A primary school in Gloucester has become the first in the city to receive a special status for developing a…
Portsmouth explores how to become a City of Sanctuary
A new City of Sanctuary group in Portsmouth, led by British Red Cross and inspired by Journeys Festival International arrival…
Seminar in Belfast
Belfast City of Sanctuary held a very successful seminar on 28th September to determine the focus and ambit of the…Posted by: Belfast
Ireland’s Inaugural University of Sanctuary Asylum Narratives Colloquium
Stepping proudly into its role as Ireland’s first University of Sanctuary, Dublin City University has hosted its first colloquium, hailed…
Key groups pull together to promote Right to Work for asylum seekers in Ireland
Swindon SCoS – ‘We’re Open’ project receives funding!
Our weekly ‘We’re Open’ event has received a £2,225 grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, administered by the Wiltshire Community Foundation!Posted by: Swindon
SINGING FOR SANCTUARY
Howth Gospel Choir in North Dublin opened up the whole concept of choirs of sanctuary in Ireland on World Peace Day…
£5K grant from Ipswich Borough Council
Ipswich Town of Sanctuary has received a grant from Ipswich Borough Council for just under £5K to continue to offer…Posted by: Ipswich
Changes to Red Cross Destitution Clinic
We are reposting this information from Amy Dutton, the British Red Cross Destitution Clinic Worker.Posted by: Swansea