City of Sanctuary holds the vision that the UK will be a welcoming place 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.
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.
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Asylum Matters are gathering evidence on the impact of asylum support rates. They have had a good response so far…
The Integrated Communities Strategy Consultation
The Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper was published last week. It is a wide-ranging cross-Government strategy, with commitments from…
Asylum Matters is seeking a Campaigns Project Manager for Yorkshire and Humberside
Sutton4Sanctuary teams up with Sutton for Peace and Justice to hold public meeting.
Refugees welcome here
Open Meeting Thursday 5th April 2018
For our next Open Meeting we are very pleased to welcome Sepideh Mojabi from the Refugee Council and Lorna Gledhill from Asylum Matters. They will give presentations about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, giving some insights into the issues they face and also suggesting ways we can be involved in working towards a humane asylum system
Eugene Fisk- Renaissance man, Artist and proud member of HBTSR
Recruitment: Asylum Matters Seeking Advisory Group Member
Inaugural Annual General Meeting and Launch of the First Strategic Plan of Belfast City of Sanctuary at The Reception Hall, Belfast City Hall On Thursday 1st March 2018
CALL FOR EVIDENCE: Impact of living on asylum support rates
At the beginning of February, the Government increased the level of asylum support (Section 95) by 80p weekly – from £36.95 to £37.75. This is the first time that support levels have been raised since 2015. However, in that same year, the Government also reduced support levels for children from £52.96 per week down to one flat rate per person.
Wolverhampton’s first two Schools of Sanctuary
In partnership with Wolverhampton Schools Improvement Service, we are proud to announce that not just one, but two Schools of…
Machynlleth Sanctuary Break
Machynlleth held their first Sanctuary Break, with a visit from 20 families who have been brought to Newtown and Aberystwth…
What groups have done with the 1st round of Guardian grants
Part 1: What Groups Have Done
Launch of Birds without Sky – Poems from Exile
On 21st February, more than 70 people gathered in Leicester Central Library for the Leicester Writers Showcase event in partnership with…
COSS wins Duke of York Award
Latest Asylum Statistics Q4 2017
Q4 2017 Asylum Stats
Save the Date – 2018 City of Sanctuary Conference and AGM
Our 2018 Conference and AGM will be held on 15th May 2018 at Newcastle Civic Centre.
We Are One Collective is developing a new platform Humankind
Here is a new opportunity for City of Sanctuary groups to connect and communicate with others. The possibilities include recruitment, information sharing referrals, learning etc. HumanKind:…
On Friday 20th April schools across Norfolk will be taking action to educate their pupils about the experiences of displaced…