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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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…
Impact of Health Charges – Time for More Sanctuary Health Streams?
The health charging regulations as part of the Home Office “Hostile Environment” Policy is having a huge impact on some…
Annual Places of Sanctuary in Ireland networking conference today at Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin – 27th January 2018
Project to help refugees, asylum seekers and other marginalised communities represent their experiences through games
Have you ever been curious about making a game?
‘Birth with Sanctuary’ videos
‘Birth With Sanctuary’ is a series of videos with women’s testimonies on seeking asylum in the UK and giving birth,…
Making Refuge: Creative Responses to the Refugee Crisis
19th February – 26th March, Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street, Cambridge
Schools of Sanctuary Launch – Swindon!
Mayor Hosts Tea Party to celebrate SCOS Work
The Mayor of Swindon Cllr Maureen Penny hosted Swindon City of Sanctuary and their volunteers at the Civic Offices In January.
A Place for Stories: Octagon Theatre women’s group for asylum seekers & refugees
A Place for Stories – new poster
UNHCR reporter highlights vital work being done by City of Sanctuary groups
Refugee Family Reunion: Oxfam & Refugee Council Report and Campaign Action Ahead of Second Reading of Refugee Family Reunion Bill
The Refugee Council, British Red Cross, Amnesty International and others are campaigning to change the UK’s restrictive rules on refugee family reunion. Currently, family…
Higher Education Opportunities for Refugees and Asylum-Seekers – Can You Help?
According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) data, the world is now witnessing the highest levels of forced displacement on…