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The Sanctuary Summit is coming

(21 Oct 2014) This ground-breaking national conference, drawing together a wide range of organisations across the country, in solidarity with asylum seekers and refugees, is to be held on 15 November in Birmingham. This event is supported by many... read more (The Sanctuary Summit is coming) »

Parliamentary Inquiry call for evidence on 'Claiming asylum in the UK if you are persecuted for your faith or belief'

(21 Oct 2014) The All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief And Asylum Advocacy Group is calling for evidence on ‘Claiming asylum in the UK if you are persecuted for your faith or belief’. As persecution... read more (Parliamentary Inquiry call for evidence on 'Claiming asylum in the UK if you are persecuted for your faith or belief') »

Sanctuary Summit

(13 Oct 2014) The Sanctuary Summit is an exciting event which is supported by national and local organisations, including Refugee Action, Refugee Council, British Red Cross, City of Sanctuary, Migrant and Refugees Community Forum, Boaz Trust, Still... read more (Sanctuary Summit) »

New national charity “Growing Points” supports City of Sanctuary

(7 Oct 2014) Growing Points is a new national charity supporting people from excluded communities to do great things: to help them reach positions of leadership within their communities and chosen fields by connecting them with people who “are in the... read more (New national charity “Growing Points” supports City of Sanctuary) »

New Report - Still Stateless, Still Suffering

(7 Oct 2014) Still Stateless, Still Suffering – Why Europe must act now to protect stateless persons As part of its campaign to protect stateless persons in Europe, the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) has gathered testimonies from stateless... read more (New Report - Still Stateless, Still Suffering) »

Launch of Dublin City of Sanctuary

(2 Oct 2014) City of Sanctuary Dublin launched on Saturday the 13th September in glorious sunshine in the Phoenix Park. The launch was in conjunction with the SARI Soccerfest, a very fitting partnership indeed as the Soccerfest creates friendships and... read more (Launch of Dublin City of Sanctuary) »

What’s happening around the country?

These are the latest stories from City of Sanctuary movements and streams around the UK. We also have a full list of City of Sanctuary Groups and Movements.


Global Sanctuary Education Network

(20 Oct) Global Sanctuary Education Network is a collaboration between Sanctuary in Schools, part of Bradford City of Sanctuary and Global Community Outreach. The project is aims to support young asylum seekers and refugees, who are at secondary... read more »

How to Teach Refugee Week

(13 Oct) This useful article from the Guardian provides lots of links to resources and ideas for teaching around Refugee Week (15-21 June 2014) read more »


More and more people are using the Leicester Drop-in Centre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees!

(15 Oct) The Leicester City of Sanctuary drop-in centre is a hive of activity and friendship. It opened in May 2011 with six people seeking asylum and ten volunteers. Two weeks ago, a hundred and twenty-four people attended! This is in part due to... read more »

New Board of Trustees for LCofS

(15 Oct) At a Special General Meeting on October 2nd 2014, Leicester City of Sanctuary approved a new Board of Trustees. At the AGM in May it had been agreed that there was too much of an overlap between the Board of Trustees and the Steering Group... read more »


Derby Refugee Advice Centre Annual Report

(15 Oct) The Annual Report describing all that is happening at DRAC in the past year is now available – there is a link to it on the “How can I get help in Derby” page. read more »

"Celebrating Sanctuary Banquet" a huge success!

(28 Jun) The Derby City of Sanctuary group launch event was a great occasion with 250 people attending, about half being free guest places for member of our refugee communities. Twelve more local groups asked to be affiliated, and messages of... read more »


Monthly Leeds No Borders events

(9 Oct) These events are organised by Leeds No Borders, rather than City of Sanctuary Tuesday 28th October Leeds No Borders monthly protest 12-1.30pm UKBA Home Office Waterside Court LS4 2QB People seeking asylum must sign here regularly and... read more »

Celebrating Schools of Sanctuary 9th October

(1 Oct) Two exciting events in one day Thurs 9th October, Civic Hall, Leeds 2-3:30pm: Launching our new resource pack We invite all workers in education to come and receive a free copy of the pack, discuss practical applications with other... read more »


Practising presentation skills

(24 Aug) The Maternity group in Leeds held a session to practise presentation skills. We heard some brilliant and powerful presentations and the group provided useful feedback. The women also had their pictures taken. Some of the pictures and... read more »


Asylum Seekers and Your Church

(24 Sep) The conference has been organised specifically for church groups across South Wales and will be at City Church Swansea, Dyfatty St. SA1 1QQ on Saturday October 18th 2014 from 10am – 3.00pm. It is an interdenominational conference with... read more »


Sanctuary in Parliament

(24 Sep) On the 2nd of this month we had the privilege of going to Westminster to partake in the first ‘Sanctuary in Parliament’, an event where members of the City of Sanctuary movement came from all over the country to celebrate their... read more »


Sheffield speaks up in Parliament

(11 Sep) A presentation about City of Sanctuary Sheffield proved to be one of the highlights at a meeting in the Palace of Westminster, when our Awareness Co-ordinator Rodrigo Edema spoke about our work in local schools. Rodrigo was assisted by... read more »

Celebrating the life of 'saint' Myra

(7 Jul) Friends from far and wide congregated in Sheffield to join a tremendous expression of gratitude for the founder of ASSIST and Sheffield Conversation Club – Myra Davies, who died after a short illness in May. Myra’s family... read more »


'Thank U Bradford' event on 31.8.14 a huge success

(5 Sep) More than 60 asylum seekers and refugees from around the world gathered in Bradford city centre on 31st August to say ‘thank you’ to Bradford for the support they have received since arriving in the city. After speeches from... read more »


Review of our Party in the Park event

(29 Aug) “Party in the Park was a fantastic one and quite interesting. There is a lot of traditional African foods cooked by the women in the group. Everybody ate and had a lot of fun. It was a good sunny day where everybody was sitting on... read more »

Having no choice

(29 Aug) Having no choice. “It’s unfamiliar to many people in the UK but for many destitute asylum seekers in the UK who don’t have any support for a long time this is good news. Section 4 support (£35 a week in vouchers and a room) is a... read more »


School of Sanctuary Certificate

St Chad's Catholic Primary School in Newtown is Birmingham's first School of Sanctuary.

(6 Aug) The school put together a portfolio showing the ways in which they offer support to children from asylum-seeking and refugee families. The award was presented to the Head Teacher Matthew Tehan at their final assembly on Friday 18th July. read more »


Get to know more about Cardiff through Cardiff City of Sanctuary

(6 Aug) Are you new Cardiff? Then let the Cardiff City of Sanctuary movement show you around. We can help you access sector services and understand where you need to go to feel included in Cardiff. Contact us on info@cardiff.cityofsanctuary.... read more »


Regional Asylum Activism publishes briefing on healthcare entitlements of asylum seekers and refugees (both in process and refused).

(25 Jun) We welcome the short briefing from Regional Asylum Activism on healthcare entitlements for asylum seekers and refugees. We agree with them that access to healthcare should be free for anyone who has claimed asylum in the UK, regardless... read more »


What has happened since the resolution was passed?

(9 May) Although Ipswich Town of Sanctuary has a different focus to that of Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality and the Strategic Migration Partnership, we held a meeting at the start of the year to discuss what information Ipswich... read more »