The following services are available to all local groups to support your work. To benefit from these services, your group simply needs to apply for a group area on our website.

1. Local website pages

The national City of Sanctuary website has the facility to create a section for each local group. Each section can contain pages of local information, news articles, discussion forums, and pictures and audio files.
To use this facility you will need at least one person from your group to take responsibility for updating your web pages using simple web forms. No technical knowledge is required and free training and support is available.  Register here to request a webpage for your group.

2. Email facilities

We can provide ‘’ email addresses for local working group members. Our website also has the facility for sending email newsletters to your supporters.

3. Publicity materials

We will be producing a range of leaflets, posters, letterheads etc which can be downloaded from the website and adapted for local use.

4. Public speakers

We can offer speakers on City of Sanctuary for public meetings or media interviews.

5. National network meeting

We hold national network meetings, regional meetings and special meetings for streams in a different locations, where local groups can share ideas and discuss strategy. Representatives from all working groups are welcome to attend.

6. Staff Support

The Network Co-ordinator is available to offer information, advice and networking support. There is also a part-time National Development Officer to support the development of local groups. Our part-time National Streams Coordinator is available to help with the development of streams work and our part-time National Communications Officer can help with media expertise and training. Please see the Contact City of Sanctuary page for  email addresses.

7. Handbook

We have published a complete guide to building a local City of Sanctuary initiative – ‘Becoming a City of Sanctuary: a practical handbook with inspiring examples’. It including tips on giving a City of Sanctuary talk, organising public events, and developing grassroots support, as well as case studies of successful projects around the country. This book has been recently updated through the Developing a Culture of Welcome paper and a new Handbook is to be written in the next few months. Further details available from