My name is Lubna. City of Sanctuary has been my life jacket.
When I first arrived from Syria I was so shy, it felt like I could have sunk – but working alongside this kind and expert team has made me feel confident again.
Earlier this year I graduated from the Sanctuary in Politics course where I learnt how to campaign, how to lobby my MP and how to fight for the change I want to see. I used my new skills to call for my local supermarket to stock halal food – six months later and guess what, the supermarket stocks halal! It feels like I’ve found my voice.
I am now a Sanctuary Ambassador and have also had the honour of participating in Sanctuary awards appraisals, celebrating schools and theatres in their work to become places of welcome.
City of Sanctuary is my second family. Today I ask you to support their work so more people like me get the warm welcome they need to start again in a new place.
If you can, please do donate and help City of Sanctuary grow this movement of welcome. Thank you so much.