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.
“Standing up for the Right to Asylum”
Some of us cried and all of us were moved to action by the third Sanctuary in Parliament event at Westminster on Tuesday 29th November from 12 to 15.30. Watch this space for a full report, photos and comments as well as the list of MPs who attended.
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We are working with Swansea University’s College of Law and Criminology to raise awareness of the support provided to asylum…
Sanctuary on Sea goes to Parliament to stand up for the right to asylum
Caroline Lucas meeting Sanctuary on Sea groupPosted by: Brighton and Hove
Gwyl Nawr raises over £800 for Swansea CoS!
We spent a lovely Sunday in the company of experimental musicians and performers, at Gwyl Nawr Festival, held at Volcano…
Westheimer scholarship – a unique opportunity for young asylum seekers to get to university
Education enables refugees to build more hopeful and secure futures for themselves and their communities, yet just 1% of refugee…
Techfugees conference – access to English for refugees and asylum seekers.
“The only way to rebuild Syria is through education. Education is a weapon of mass construction” – Ahmad al-Rashid.Posted by: Cambridge
Blue Moment – Free educational film about seeking asylum
Blue Moment was devised by Risky Things theatre and film, with the Refugee Therapy Centre in London, and in consultation with Refugee Action in York…
Journeys in Translation – translators needed for 13 poemsPosted by: Arts
Asylum seeker students find sanctuary in Sheffield
Six new students who are asylum seekers from around the world have found sanctuary in Sheffield this year, after being awarded scholarships from a Sheffield university.
Proceedings from a Guardian article donated to CoS
Last month, the novelist Tom McCarthy wrote a brilliant piece for the Guardian on the role of art in politics in…
All day experimental music celebration in support of Swansea City of Sanctuary.
We are delighted that the Gwyl Nawr festival has chosen to donate any proceeds to Swansea City of Sanctuary in…
Free Training in Partnership with HOPE not hate Wales
This training focuses on the techniques needed to bring people around to a different way of thinking, and how to…
Diversity Seminar: Celebrating Diversity, Equality and Human Rights in Waterford
On the 28th of September, Places of Sanctuary Waterford held a seminar celebrating the diversity in Waterford communities. With a…Posted by: Waterford
Are you mobilising for Sanctuary in Parliament?
Date: 29 Nov 2016
Places of Sanctuary Ireland Conference Approaching Fast
Places of Sanctuary Ireland is attracting huge interest for its first ever networking conference on 12th November in Dublin. Places of Sanctuary is the name for the growing network of local groups across the island of Ireland (North and South).
Irish Parliament Lobbied to Welcome Child refugees from Calais
Places of Sanctuary Ireland is one of many groups adding its voice to a call to Irish politicians to extend a hand of welcome and compassion to hundreds of vulnerable children stuck in Northern France. With thousands having already raised their voices to say ‘We Welcome Refugees’, the coalition of groups has won cross-party support for a call to welcome 200 unaccompanied minors to Ireland. A vigil will take place tomorrow evening outside the Dail, and a petition signed by…
Raising awareness through food – great project seeking to go nationwide!
Culture Kitchen in the Community
Schools Census Boycott discussion in House of lords
Today the House of Lords will debate the Department for Education’s new policy of collecting data on the nationality and…
A Lovely Day at Llwyn Celyn with the Landmark Trust
‘Mum, I’ve really enjoyed today but when will I meet the refugees?’ ‘Darling, I’m so glad that you’ve had a…Posted by: Hay, Brecon and Talgarth
Successful visit to Clun Valley Quakers
From “The Journal”, Friday, October 21, 2016 [Click for high resolution version]Posted by: Wolverhampton
One School of Sanctuary’s Refugee week – Glebelands in Leicester
Refugee Week June 20th – 24th 2016Posted by: Schools
Calais children are now being arrested by the French state.
A statement from the Calais Refugee Youth Service and Help Refugees UK about the current situation of the children in Calais.Posted by: Cambridge
University of Bristol Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme Case Study
Written by Ben Hudson (PhD Candidate (Law)), August 2016 In June 2016, the University of Bristol launched the Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme.…
Lille University takes in 80 refugees from the Calais “Jungle”
The students, who are mostly Sudanese, will begin with a year’s immersion in the French language, before taking courses in…
Christmas Charity Appeal
Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary has successfully secured £1,000 from the Guardian’s Christmas Charity Appeal. We are over the moon to receive such a large pot of money which will enable us to continue our ever-growing work supporting asylum seekers and refugees in the district. For more information, please see City of Sanctuary & Guardian/Observer Charity Appeal.Posted by: Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary
Places of Sanctuary Ireland Conference on 12th November
This volunteer-driven approach to integration can be summarized as building blocks ABC - Awareness Raising, Befriending, and Cultural Engagement. Ideally they build on each other, with Awareness Raising providing the foundation and starting point. These suggested approaches have been tried and tested in many locations across Europe.Posted by: Places of Sanctuary Ireland
St Anne’s Primary celebrates School of Sanctuary Award
St Anne`s Catholic Primary School in Chelmsley Wood (Solihull) received the School of Sanctuary award at a special assembly on…Posted by: Birmingham
Jamiya Project reconnects Syrian academics and students in launch of new pilot university courses for refugees.
● Jamiya Project launched pilot IT course in Amman and Za’atari camp.
Refugees’ Trajectories into Higher Education in Host Countries
Refugees’ Trajectories into Higher Education in Host Countries: When Refugees Get the Opportunity, They Can Learn…but Barriers Need to Be…
Free online course for learners of English
Future Learn are offering a free online course created by The British Council which is for people who are learning English…
Urgent Action Needed for Children in Calais
The French government has confirmed that the eviction of the Calais camp will take place by the 31st of October. There…Posted by: Hay, Brecon and Talgarth
Job Opportunity – Host Oxford, Part time Service Manager
Host Oxford Part time Service Manager Salary: £24,000 – £26,000 (pro rata) Location: Various locations in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Hours: The post is…
Bloc Productions fundraise for Sanctuary Transport fund at Bristol Hippodrome
From the 4th-8th of October, Bristol was treated to a fantastic production of Fiddler on the Roof, the much loved classic musical…Posted by: Bristol