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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We are recruiting!
We are recruiting for three positions
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…
Places of Sanctuary Ireland network conference interim report
What is Places of Sanctuary Ireland?
‘UK sanctuary network offers vital backstop for refugees, asylum-seekers’ – UNHCR features City of Sanctuary in article
The UNHCR website now features an article about City of Sanctuary – you can read it here
Help us find evidence about impact of NHS charging on refugees and people seeking asylum
You may remember that in the Autumn of 2017, Asylum Matters and our local and national partners – including City…
The Wales Cities of Sanctuary team has a part-time vacancy for 3 months, from the end of January onwards. Please see attached for details and share with your networks. The deadline is Friday 26th January, but we will be interviewing as applications come in. If the right candidate is found, we reserve the right to close applications early, so please apply as soon as possible!
University of Bradford recognised as University of Sanctuary
The University of Bradford has become one of the first universities in the UK to be awarded as a ‘University…