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.
Asylum Matters is an advocacy and campaigns project that works in partnership locally and nationally to improve the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum through social and political change
Latest Network News
City of Sanctuary Hosts New Advocacy and Campaigns Project – Asylum Matters
What is Asylum Matters?
Hull to launch National Celebration of World Refugee Day
On Tuesday 20th June, Hull, City of Sanctuary, will proudly launch World Refugee Day at Hull Minster, formerly Holy Trinity Church…
New report from Calais by the Refugee Rights Data Project
Six months after the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp demolition, Refugee Rights Data Project has published a new report n 24th April 2017,…
New online course opens the door to UK higher education
Enrolment is now open for a free online course from Cambridge English to help refugees and asylum seekers get the…
Chai: Opportunities in every cup!
Chaigaram is a social purpose business focused on empowering refugees by providing them with employment and leadership opportunities within our tea company. Refugee…
Factsheets on Family Reunification available from The Migrants’ Law Project
Information leaflets about family reunification for asylum seeking children in Europe who have family members in the UK are now…
Remember Max Born – refugee scientists and a role for UK higher education institutions
A great blog from Cambridge on how higher education institutions can help in the refugee crisis.
NUT support the campaign against schools data collection
At the weekend, the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference passed a motion condemning the Department for Education’s attempts to…
A Great British Welcome
A Great British Welcome is the UN Refugee Agency’s series of stories profiling people across the UK who are supporting refugees.
Wales – Nation of Sanctuary
Wales ELGC Committee calls for Wales to become the world’s first Nation of Sanctuary
10 days left to provide evidence for Asylum Support Levels Review
Reminder: Call for Evidence for 2017 Asylum Support Levels Review by 28 April
Sanctuary celebrated in Bolton
The first year of a move to make Bolton into a ‘city of sanctuary’ for those seeking refuge from war…Posted by: Bolton
New online course opens the door to UK higher education
Wanted: your experience of welcome
We are working hard to enable Wales to become the first ever Nation of Sanctuary. To help us in doing…
AGM & Celebration Event
This week we held our AGM and celebration event. We elected our new Management Committee and celebrated the steps taken…
Walbrook Epiphany churches in Derby become Churches of SanctuaryPosted by: Derby
A Lovely Day in Llangorse
The sun shone brilliantly and spirits were high. We’ve enjoyed some wonderful days out recently but the fine weather was…Posted by: Hay, Brecon and Talgarth
Our Migration Story: The Making of Britain
Our Migration Story: The Making of Britain is an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded collaboration between the Runnymede Trust and academics based at…
Refugee Week 19th – 25th June
Refugee Week is the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary.…
Help a destitute asylum seeker find a safe home
‘Refugees at Home’ are desperate to find new hosts for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Could you share their…
Help access asylum seekers to online survey about their wellbeing
Leeds Beckett University is investigating the wellbeing of asylum-seekers and refugees, to gain a fuller understanding of their experiences and coping…
Free awareness-raising training available through Swansea CVS.
We are pleased to be delivering a free awareness-raising training session, about issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees, through the…
Translating Lives: What it’s like helping refugees to learn English
By Clare Mulley – writer and supporter of the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign.
VolcanoFridays – World Voices in Swansea!
Multilingual World Literature in Swansea: over 30 authors, artists and musicians and more than 17 languages in a unique event series. Meet…
Therapeutic support for volunteers from Solidarity and Support Network
Interviewees needed for new study on migrant women’s experiences of antenatal care during detention
Bradford University Health Studies Department of Sanctuary has an MSc student undertaking a study ‘What are migrant women’s experiences of…Posted by: Maternity
We are recruiting for a Campaign Projects Manager for the North East.
THE ‘ASYLUM MATTERS’ PROJECT
General update on asylum support and call for evidence
Home Office Review of Cash Allowance Paid to Asylum-Seekers for 2016
Guardian report: Pregnant Women without Legal Status Avoid Seeking NHS Antenatal Care
The Guardian has reported that hundreds of pregnant women without legal status are avoiding seeking NHS antenatal care because of…Posted by: Maternity
Will your church promote Refugee Welcome Boxes?
Welcome Boxes are being promoted through churches.Posted by: Faiths
NEW! Choir for Refugees and friends starting this week in London!
NEW! Choir for Refugees and friends starting this week in London! City of Sanctuary is delighted to hear about the new…
Peoples’ Project: Volunteering more widely, Stepping Stones to the future..
Asylum seekers are not allowed to work and can sometimes wait as long as 10 years for a decision on…Posted by: Leicester