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
Bookings are now open for Sanctuary in Parliament 2018 – Towards a Fairer System
Sanctuary in Parliament 2018
Stories of Welcome Media Competition – Call for Entries
We are inviting and encouraging groups who are registered with City of Sanctuary and sanctuary seekers across the entire network…
Lift the Ban Local Activism Pack
Over the last few months, Asylum Matters have been working alongside Refugee Action and a growing number of refugee organisations,…
Home Office Review of Section 95 and Section 4 Support Levels: Asylum Matters Response
Several weeks back, Asylum Matters shared the news that the Home Office was conducting their 2018 review into support levels for those supported under section 95 and was also considering the level of allowance provided under section 4(2), and whether the two should be harmonised. Asylum Matters and Refugee Action created a template form to encourage our partner organisations to respond to the review. Thank you to all the local and national organisations that responded.
Asylum Accommodation Contracts Westminster Hall Debate
A Westminster Hall Debate on the asylum accommodation contracts has been secured by Alex Cunningham MP on Wednesday 10 October.
HBTSR ,proud recipients of the Archbishop’s Lenten appeal monies
It was the Mission Festival in Brecon Cathedral this afternoon September 15th 2018, when the Bishop’s Lent Appeal cheques were…
Blog Post 4/9/18 – Lost Girl
Lost Girl. Tuesday 4th September 2018. Many of those resettled in Hastings are children; children who have been through trauma, who have…
The Chief Inspector finds that the Government have acted ‘far too slow’ to implement the recommendations from his 2016 report on family reunion, with 8 out of 10 recommendations still not fully implemented.
Refugee Council responds to Chief Inspector report on family reunion Read the latest news from the Refugee Council, one of the leading charities in the UK working directly with refugees and supporting them to rebuild their lives. More info @ https://ift.tt/2oPvN9M Automated post from Bournemouth and Poole City of Sanctuary – https://ift.tt/2M8uo7z September 08, 2018 at 12:10AM
UNHCR – Annual Consultations with NGOs Geneva July 2018 – personal report
GENEVA 2018 – PERSONAL IMPRESSIONS from Tiffy Allen – City of Sanctuary Ireland and Scotland Regional Coordinator
Would you like to help us call for better housing for asylum seekers?
“Lift the Ban” – how you can help the campaign for the right to work
Refugee Action and Asylum Matters are leading a coalition of NGOs planning a campaign asking for the ban on work…
Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Gathering – 8 December 2018
The City of Sanctuary Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Gathering will be held in Leeds on 8 December 2018, 10am – 4pm,…
European Youth Music Refugee Choir stuns audience in Leicester Cathedral
Friday 3rd August 2018 will be a date that I will never be able to forget for all the right reasons.…
Windrush Lessons Learned Review – Call for Evidence
The Home Secretary commissioned a lessons learned review into the events leading up to Windrush “to make sure crucial lessons were identified…
Latest asylum statistics to June 2018
Q2 2018 Asylum Stats
Red Cross is recruiting experts by experience
Could you provide insight into how the British Red Cross can better support people affected by migration and / or…
The Wales Cities of Sanctuary project!
Few involved in the creation of the Wales Cities of Sanctuary project back in 2014 would have guessed what the project would…
Home Office Review of Section 95 and Section 4 Support Levels
Responses to review accepted to 31st of August The Home Office is conducting their 2018 review into support levels for those…