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.
“Standing up for the Right to Asylum”
Some of us cried, all of us were moved to action by the third Sanctuary in Parliament event at Westminster on Tuesday 29th November. Here we have a full report, photos and comments as well as the list of MPs who attended.
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A day in the Life of Volunteers in Loughborough Town of Sanctuary
The arrival of an unaccompanied minor and a distressed man setting himself alight – all in a day outside the East Midlands Reporting…Posted by: Loughborough
ESOL forum for those interested in working with refugees
Have you been thinking about how to support refugees in your city?Posted by: Birmingham
New short film to support women asylum seekers
Asylum Aid have made a short film to support their campaign to end the Protection Gap for women seeking asylum.
DCU – the First University of Sanctuary in Ireland
Handmade snacks by Syrian refugees in Ireland
Bristolians brave the rain to join Walk of Sanctuary on Human Rights Day
The constant rain failed to dampen the spirit of over 200 Bristolians including civic leaders and refugees taking part in a ‘Walk…Posted by: Bristol
Tasting My Future
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Swansea Sanctuary Awards 2017.
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Swansea City of Sanctuary says Thank You to its volunteers!
Yesterday Swansea City of Sanctuary hosted a fantastic event to say thank you to our volunteers, without whom we could…
Christmas is a time for giving
This is certainly true of the very generous people of Breconshire. So many people donated gifts that we were able…Posted by: Hay, Brecon and Talgarth
Doctors of the World – new training programmes for health professionals
Doctors of the World – new training programmes for health professionals to meet needs of refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking…Posted by: Health
Elmbridge CAN brings community together to discuss how we can help refugees
More than 60 local community members – from businesses, charities, schools and faith groups – joined council leaders and Elmbridge…
Human Rights Day 2016
December 10th is Human Rights Day. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted…
Swansea asylum seeker pays tribute to people of her new home, saying she was treated ‘very kindly’
AN asylum seeker who sought sanctuary in Swansea has spoken of her sadness in fleeing her country and the warm welcome she received in her adopted home.
Council unanimously votes to support Harrogate District of Sanctuary
On Wednesday 7th December Cllr Jenny Travena submitted a Notice of Motion asking Harrogate Borough Council to agree to join the City of Sanctuary network.Posted by: City Template
Places of Ireland conference report
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Sanctuary in the Senedd 2016.
This event brought together around 150 people including Assembly Members to listen to powerful refugee testimony on several devolved issues including housing,…
Follow up on Sanctuary in Parliament III – Family Reunion
At Sanctuary in Parliament III, we heard from Steve Symonds from Amnesty International about the lack of family reunion rights…
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Sanctuary in Parliament III – In Pictures
Thanks to Ambrose Musiyawa, CivicLeicester and Emma Finlinson for their photographs of the event.
“I Welcome” Photography Exhibition
Amnesty International UK have partnered with Magnum, the photography collective, to stage an exhibition of photos depicting the historical perspective…
Bristol Asked to Embrace Diversity on Human Rights Day
Civic leaders will join forces with refugees and Bristol residents in a ‘Walk of Sanctuary to celebrate humanity and diversity’ through the city centre on International Human Rights Day, Saturday 10 December.Posted by: Bristol
Dublin Unitarian Church, first Church of Sanctuary in Ireland
Sanctuary in Parliament III – Report
This report has been written by our trustee, Joseph Chivayo, British Red Cross Voices Ambassador and member of Derby City of Sanctuary.…
City of Sanctuary supports the British Institute of Interior Design Student Challenge.
City of Sanctuary volunteers and a member of staff joined Susie Rumbold the President of the British Institute of Interior Design…
We are working with Swansea University’s College of Law and Criminology to raise awareness of the support provided to asylum…
Sanctuary on Sea goes to Parliament to stand up for the right to asylum
Caroline Lucas meeting Sanctuary on Sea groupPosted by: Brighton and Hove
Gwyl Nawr raises over £800 for Swansea CoS!
We spent a lovely Sunday in the company of experimental musicians and performers, at Gwyl Nawr Festival, held at Volcano…
Westheimer scholarship – a unique opportunity for young asylum seekers to get to university
Education enables refugees to build more hopeful and secure futures for themselves and their communities, yet just 1% of refugee…Posted by: Universities of Sanctuary
Techfugees conference – access to English for refugees and asylum seekers.
“The only way to rebuild Syria is through education. Education is a weapon of mass construction” – Ahmad al-Rashid.Posted by: Cambridge
Blue Moment – Free educational film about seeking asylum
Blue Moment was devised by Risky Things theatre and film, with the Refugee Therapy Centre in London, and in consultation with Refugee Action in York…
Journeys in Translation – translators needed for 13 poemsPosted by: Arts
Asylum seeker students find sanctuary in Sheffield
Six new students who are asylum seekers from around the world have found sanctuary in Sheffield this year, after being awarded scholarships from a Sheffield university.Posted by: Universities of Sanctuary