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.
A message of solidarity
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Churches across Ireland and UK – stand up for justice and unity
Taking the lead from Waterford, churches up and down Ireland, UK and beyond are joining forces to ring out their…
Sanctuary in Politics in Waterford: Public Speaking
Escape to Safety Exhibition -Preston, 28/02-04/03
Please see Escape to Safety for more information on this moving exhibition.
Launch of Preston City of Sanctuary
Please follow this link to find out more about the launch of Preston City of Sanctuary –27th February St John’s Minster.
Life Transitions: helping refugees come to terms with the past, accept the present and step into the future
Many refugees have been in survival mode for so long they have forgotten how to grieve. Some feel traumatised by their memories…
New report highlights discrimination after launch of ‘Right to Rent’ scheme
JCWI (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants) released a new report today calling on the Government to stop the…
Department of Health Response to the Consultation on Extending Charging for Overseas Visitors
New resource on how to register with a GP in England
This new leaflet produced by the NHS is a guide on how to register with a GP for refugees and…
Refugee children are at risk on the streets of Paris
The Refugee Rights Data Project has released statistics from their most recent field research, conducted in January 2017 on the streets…
To Walk in Your Shoes – Red Bobble Theatre project
TO WALK IN YOUR SHOES – Theatre Project
Reflection, Rest & Resilience retreat for Refugee Aid Volunteers
Sanctuary is for all of us. Justine Corrie with the support of Mindful Life is offering a 2-day freely-given event…
Rethinking refugees: assets and not liabilities
By Josh Evans, Bearwood Action for Refugees
Third letter from Thessaloniki : A drop in the ocean
Hello Everybody, Thank you all very much for your positive feedback and wishes. Sharing my impressions with you makes it all…
Why ESOL Matters
At the recent ESOL Forum in Birmingham, we had the privilege of showing a video made by Hogar Salim on…
Run4Refugees is back again
Run4Refugees is happening again this year on Saturday 11 March 2017 in Cannon Hill Park from 12 noon. The event…
The Basics of Voluntary ESOL
By Steph Neville, St Chad’s Sanctuary, Birmingham
Powerful drama “Night light” from Mandala Theatre at Derby Studio Theatre
On Friday evening this touring company put on a magnificent performance of their play “Night Light” – the last venue…Posted by: Derby
Church Leaders denounce suspension of “Dubs” policy
In a joint letter to the Home Secretary, the leaders of five Churches have expressed their concern at the Government’s announcement that it intends to suspend the programme for the safe re-settlement of unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in the United Kingdom.
Over 60 ESOL volunteers gathered in Birmingham
Over 60 ESOL volunteers gathered in Birmingham for a forum event to explore ways of increasing voluntary ESOL provision across the…
City of Sanctuary football tournament in Dublin on National TV News
Second Letter from Thessaloniki
Hello Everybody, I hope you are all well. Thank you all for your messages. By the way the Facebook page is called…
Press Release: Refugees must be offered safety not ban – Somali refugee to tell vigil at US Consulate in Belfast
A refugee from Somalia, who has made his home in Northern Ireland, will tell a vigil at the US Consulate…Posted by: Belfast
Folk Opera The Transports links with Derby City of SanctuaryPosted by: Derby
Universities of Sanctuary Support for Sanctuary Campuses across the USA
A message of solidarityPosted by: Universities of Sanctuary
City of Sanctuary Support for Sanctuary Cities across the USA & Welcoming America
City of Sanctuary support for Sanctuary Cities across the USA and Welcoming America
What’s going on in Preston?
Preston Welcomes Ten Syrian Families to Preston
Parliamentary Debate and policy update on permission to work
On 11 January 2017, a House of Commons debate was held on “Asylum seekers: Right to Work”, tabled by Alison…
Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
Today we were privileged to attend the Holocaust Memorial Day service held at Bishop Gore School. The service brought together…
Dramatic increase in HO tracing requests through the NHS
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NHS Digital (formerly HSCIC), the Department of Health (DoH) and the Home Office, makes clear…
Job Opportunity: Accommodation Development Worker with SBASSG.
Networking Event- Volunteering
We started 2017 off with an excellent networking event, bringing together around 40 individuals from more than twenty different organisations.…
Sanctuary in Governance Training in Waterford
Please download the Registration Form and return it to [email protected] application.