City of Sanctuary UK holds the vision that our nations will be welcoming places of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution. In order to realise this vision, City of Sanctuary UK supports a network of groups, which includes villages, towns, cities and regions across the UK, and others engaged in Streams of Sanctuary, Sanctuary Awards and activities intended to welcome people seeking sanctuary.
For more information see our Charter.
Whilst we are a movement in our own right we also contribute towards wider movement building through partnership work and supporting advocacy and campaigning initiatives.
We work closely with our partner organisation Places of Sanctuary Ireland.
Wherever refugees go, we want them to feel safe and find people who will welcome them.
Latest Network News
Everybody can engage with Sanctuary in Parliament 2018 – “Towards a Fairer System”
Sanctuary in Parliament 2018
Theatre and inspiration at the London and South-East regional gathering
PsycheDelight presented with Theatre Company of Sanctuary award. Credit: Jose Farinha
Volunteers helping to welcome sanctuary seekers in Swansea
A Better Welcome to Swansea
A diverse and vibrant network – The first City of Sanctuary North East Regional Gathering
By Sam Slatcher, City of Sanctuary North East Regional Coordinator.
Second successful North West gathering!
On 17th October, around 50 people came together at Kings Court Business centre in Blackburn for the second gathering of the City of Sanctuary movement in the North West . 5 cities were represented including colleges, schools, theatres and refugee charities – all with a shared commitment to creating a place of welcome for people seeking sanctuary.
Walk My Journey- the humans behind the headlines
For the last year, Chester- based theatre company, Theatre in the Quarter has been working on a ground-breaking and innovative…
UEA talk: Translation as a human right
A recent lecture at the UEA looked at issues surrounding translation as a human right. The audience were asked to consider…
Report from the inspirational Midlands regional gathering
This is a short report from an excellent and inspiring Midlands regional gathering of the City of Sanctuary movement which…
Mumbles Welcome – More than a day out!
Swansea asylum seekers and refugees had the chance to sample some local culture on a day trip to Mumbles.
Unlocking Detention 2018
Unlocking Detention 2018
Latest news from Schools of Sanctuary in Swindon
Half term already? How did that happen… here’s what our 12 schools in Swindon and Wiltshire are doing to embed…
News from Cardiff Refugee & Asylum Seeker Advocacy Forum
The Cardiff Refugee and Asylum Seeker Advocacy Forum met for the first time in July, and met again in September. The purpose of the group is to provide a space for people seeking sanctuary to discuss the issues of most importance to them and engage directly with service providers and policy makers to seek to influence change.
Stories of Sanctuary music project packs out Durham Cathedral’s Chapter House
Raghad Haddad, Sam Slatcher, Dewi Erwan and the Sanctuary Seekers Choir (from left to right). Photo: Sophie Nimmins
News from Swansea Refugee & Asylum Seeker Advocacy Forum
The Swansea Refugee & Asylum Seeker Advocacy Forum has been meeting for just over a year. The purpose of the…
Refugee Project offers journalism training
The Refugee Journalism Project, a new initiative to support refugees and exiled journalists, is currently recruiting participants interested in developing or…
A blustery but brilliant day in Bronllys
We had a super day out in Bronllys after an eight week pause due to illness among Swansea volunteers during…
We are recruiting!
We are recruiting for two vacancies.
Successful Eastern Region Gathering 2018
On October 6th, around 50 people came together at First Site in Colchester for the first ever East of England…