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.
Latest Network News
City of Sanctuary UK 2018 Conference and AGM
Bookings are now open for the 2018 City of Sanctuary Conference and AGM.
New Refugee, Isioma, gives back to Manchester City of Sanctuary from her first pay packet
In 2017, after several years of appealing and waiting, gathering fresh material to evidence her truth, Isioma was given her…
Please help The Sanctuary win £50k!
Birmingham has two new Schools of Sanctuary!
Local elections in England are taking place on Thursday 3rd May 2018. Make sure your candidates are ready to champion the rights of people seeking sanctuary!
Asylum Matters have produced a short document to help supporters ensure their candidates are ready to champion the rights of people seeking sanctuary.
The art of bicycle maintenance
Anna and Luke at Drover’s Cycles kindly agreed to host another Bicycle Maintenance day on the 9th April 2018 at…
Book Launch of ‘Only Connect’ by Eugene Fisk
I know that when we set up Hay, Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees in 2015 we were motivated by…
Scottish Refugee Council New Telephone Helpline
Scottish Refugee Council is launching a new telephone helpline for people across Scotland looking for advice and information on refugee…
Derby draws in wide support for Refugee Week
On Friday 23 March, fifty individuals from a wide variety of charities, businesses and other organisations met at Derby’s creative…
Royal Visit to Present Award to Swansea City of Sanctuary Volunteers
Volunteers at Swansea City of Sanctuary come from all walks of life, from those born and bred in the city…
Sanctuary Awards presented!
Last week we were privileged to present two Sanctuary Awards to organisations in Swansea.
Asylum Matters are gathering evidence on the impact of asylum support rates
Asylum Matters are gathering evidence on the impact of asylum support rates. They have had a good response so far…
The Integrated Communities Strategy Consultation
The Government has recently published an Integrated Communities Strategy green paper which sets out the vision for “building strong integrated communities where…
Asylum Matters is seeking a Campaigns Project Manager for Yorkshire and Humberside
Sutton4Sanctuary teams up with Sutton for Peace and Justice to hold public meeting.
Refugees welcome here
Open Meeting Thursday 5th April 2018
For our next Open Meeting we are very pleased to welcome Sepideh Mojabi from the Refugee Council and Lorna Gledhill from Asylum Matters. They will give presentations about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, giving some insights into the issues they face and also suggesting ways we can be involved in working towards a humane asylum system
Eugene Fisk- Renaissance man, Artist and proud member of HBTSR
Recruitment: Asylum Matters Seeking Advisory Group Member