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.
On Wednesday 5th July at the AGM, City of Sanctuary proudly launched its charter which crystallizes who and what we are, our values and principles and will guide us to reach our vision.
Latest Network News
Swindon Borough Council supporting Swindon CoS hosting scheme
Swindon CoS has recently launched its hosting scheme ‘Room for All’, so far matching 4 destitute refugees with local hosts.Posted by: Swindon
Swindon CoS Hosts South West Regional City of Sanctuary Conference!
On the 7th of September, we welcomed 40 delegates from 14 City of Sanctuary groups across the South West of England and Wales, to learn, be encouraged and inspire each other to make our cities more welcoming environments for those seeking refuge.Posted by: Swindon
21/09/2017: Asylum Seekers Rights to Work in Ireland
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September 2017 Newsletter
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‘Start a Conversation’ Pack for Jo Cox Loneliness Commission: Spotlight on Refugees & Asylum-Seekers
The Jo Cox Loneliness Commission’s spotlight month on refugees and asylum seekers is taking place in October, and will aim…
Medical Information Consent Forms sent to Asylum-Seekers
The Home Office have recently started contacting asylum seekers and asking them to sign a consent form that would give…
Swindon host a successful Southwest and Wales CoS Regional Conference
Forty delegates from 14 cities and towns of sanctuary groups from the South West of England and Wales came together…
The Maternity Stream in Y&H are recruiting a Project Manager
The Yorkshire and Humber Maternity Stream is looking to recruit a Project Manager for 7 hours a week.
Detention is violent, harmful and immoral – Right to Remain response to the BBC Panorama revelations
Below, we provide the response from Right to Remain to the BBC Panorama September 4th broadcast undercover footage filmed in…
South West and Wales Regional Conference on 7th September in Swindon
Local groups in the South West of England and Wales will gather in Swindon on Thursday 7th to share inspirational…
Update on Against Borders for Children campaign
From Against Borders with Children.Posted by: Schools
Coventry says goodbye to Sabir Zazai – Chair of City of Sanctuary
130 people gathered at the end of August at St Peters Centre in Coventry to honour and pay tribute to…Posted by: Coventry
Changes to Accessing Healthcare – Impact on Refugees & Asylum-Seekers – Take Action Now!
Changes to Accessing Healthcare – Impact on Refugees & Asylum-Seekers
Aspen Cards – Issues arising / Mixed news
The Home Office has confirmed that recipients of ‘Section 4’ support can now use their Aspen cards to purchase goods…
August Update 2017
At Harrogate District of Sanctuary we have been very busy having a great time and working hard!! We are very…Posted by: City Template
Free tickets for asylum seekers and refugees from the FA to World Cup qualifier at Wembley
The Football Association has been able to access tickets to the upcoming World Cup qualifier between England and Slovenia at…
Gardens of Sanctuary – Please help research phase of new project –
City of Sanctuary has partnered with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, the Permaculture Association UK and The…
Freedom From Torture Campaign on Handling of Torture Evidence
Freedom From Torture has launched a campaign action, asking MPs to call for a Home Affairs Committee inquiry into handling of…
Run, walk, swim or cycle: Make your miles count for Family Reunion this September
City of Sanctuary supporters might be interested in an event that the British Red Cross are holding this September.
Food and Friendship in Swansea
One of our supporters, The African Community Centre, has produced a document with details of places providing food and friendship…
Canoeing at Barnby Dun
For the third year running, we enjoyed the hospitality of Kevin and Sharman Jones and of the Kool Kayakers Canoeing…Posted by: Doncaster
NACCOM to go to Greenbelt – opportunity to raise awareness about sanctuary issues such as destitution
If you are attending Greenbelt Festival this year look out for the NACCOM Network in the Greenbelt Takeaway (Marketplace) area.…
Swansea Brings Home Sanctuary Games Trophy
On Sunday 6th August, a team of asylum seekers and refugees from Swansea competed in the first Sanctuary Games. The…
NACCOM Annual Conference 15th September
Colchester Borough Council approve motion to become a Borough of Sanctuary
by Maria Wilby On the 26th July 2017 something extraordinary happened in Colchester. A motion was put forward to the Cabinet…
Interpreters in the Community Discussion Forum
INVITATION TO “INTERPRETERS IN THE COMMUNITY” DISCUSSION FORUM SWANSEA UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES, TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR…
New hosting project to support destitute asylum seekers in Derby
A new service is launching in Derby and the Derbyshire area, to support destitute asylum seekers and refugees and we hope City…Posted by: Derby
We are recruiting for a Research and Administration Officer for the North West
We are recruiting for a Research and Administration Officer for the North West as part of the ‘Asylum Matters’ project.
Summer Holiday Activities
Attached is a compilation of free activities for August . Please note that the list is not exhaustive but hopefully…
Sporting Success at Talgarth Sports Festival
It’s been a busy month with four different respite days and a weekend of fund and awareness raising but once…Posted by: Hay, Brecon and Talgarth
Destitution Working Group Re-launched
For several years Swansea City of Sanctuary has had a subgroup about destitution, in partnership with Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers…
Networking over lunch!
On Tuesday 27th June Cardiff City of Sanctuary held a Networking Lunch for all of the organisations who support the…Posted by: Cardiff