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JRF defines destitution as Home Office takes £16 a week from asylum seeking children

(25 Mar 2015) In the same week as the Home Office announces cuts to support for children of asylum seekers The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published an interim report on their research into destitution in the UK, see . This includes the following... read more (JRF defines destitution as Home Office takes £16 a week from asylum seeking children) »

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.


Maternity Stream confernce to be held in Leeds

(11 Apr) SAVE THE DATE: Monday 1st June City of Sanctuary Maternity Stream, in collaboration with partners are organising a FREE one day conference to be held at Leeds Beckett University entitled: “Striving for Excellence in Maternity... read more »

Maternity Stream AGM

(26 Mar) Last week we held the Maternity Stream AGM. Thank you to all who came and sent their apologies. It was a great chance to hear how the project has developed over the past year and made me feel even more privileged to be part of such a... read more »


Bishop Alastair

Welcome conference in Derby a great success

(6 Apr) On Saturday 21st March 2015 a Welcome conference was held in Derby, subtitled “How churches can help refugees and asylum seekers”. It was organised by the local City of Sanctuary group and supported by Boaz Trust. Over 100 people came to... read more »

HMD candle

Bosnia-Herzegovina Community Centre hosts Holocaust Memorial Day event

(7 Feb) Keeping the Memory Alive 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the massacre of many people in Srebenica, Bosnia, who were remembered as part of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day events in Derby, along with the 70th anniversary of the... read more »

Brighton and Hove

Brighton becomes a beacon to others as City Council recognises Sanctuary on Sea

(1 Apr) Good news from Brighton and Hove: in almost the last act of the city administration before local elections, Councillors from all the main parties have voted for the city to be recognised as a City of Sanctuary and to offer a lifeline to... read more »



(1 Apr) You are invited to: Swansea City of Sanctuary Annual General Meeting Wednesday 15th April 2015 The Theatre, YMCA, Page St./St Helen’s Rd, Swansea 3.30pm (Arrivals) Business Meeting 4.00pm Close 5.45pm • Guest Speaker – Forward... read more »

Job Vacancy with DPIA

(4 Mar) As you might be aware, one of our partner organisations, DPIA, has been successful in gaining funding from the Big Lottery in order to carry out a project titled “Wales Cities of Sanctuary”. The project brings together the... read more »


Loughborough Meet and Greet project takes off

(25 Mar) Our Meet and Greet project based around the Home Office East Midlands Reporting Centre is doing so well we are seeking new volunteers. Loughborough Town of Sanctuary supporters welcome asylum seekers who have to travel from Leicester,... read more »


Yvonne Cass - inspirational campaigner

(18 Mar) We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Yvonne Cass, a tireless campaigner for refugees & migrants in South Yorkshire and beyond. Yvonne came to the UK as a refugee from South Africa, where she was first a supporter, then... read more »

Sheffield - a city of welcome..

(9 Mar) People who have come to Sheffield looking for a place of safety will share their experiences of ‘welcome’ at an event at the Town Hall next week (Friday 20th March). Four exiles from different parts of the world who arrived in... read more »


Free dance workshops for women seeking sanctuary

(16 Mar) From Marianne and Meg: MegMazLadies Project Meg and I are in our final year at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. After three years, we were beginning to get bored of working solely with trained dancers in sterile studios divorced... read more »

Latest Leeds Schools of Sanctuary newsletter

(10 Feb) This term we have many exciting items, including a campaign to support, performances to book and happy news about our new schools of sanctuary. read more »

Tees Valley

Election of Officers

(11 Mar) At the Tees Valley of Sanctuary meeting held on the 25th February 2015 the following people were elected as officers; Pete Widlinski – Chair Herbert Dirahu – Vice Chair Wendy Lillie – Treasurer... read more »


Bristol Mayor to open first national conference on ending destitution for asylum-seekers

(5 Mar) MORE than 160 people from 29 UK cities will gather in Bristol on Friday 6 March to call for an end to government induced destitution among asylum-seekers at the first joint national conference between local authorities, refugee... read more »

All roads leads to Bristol to End Asylum Destitution...

(28 Feb) BRISTOL City of Sanctuary is hosting the first joint national conference between local authorities and the refugee & voluntary sector to focus on ending the scandal of asylum destitution in the UK. read more »


Asylum Seekers, Refugees and the Church - successful Day Conference on 28th February

(3 Mar) On Saturday 28th February, in collaboration with Open Doors, Hull, and supported by Tearfund, we held a Day Conference in Jubilee Church Hull, on the subject of “Asylum Seekers, Refugees and the Church – How do we welcome... read more »


“I Was a Stranger and you welcomed me…”

(2 Mar) “I Was a Stranger and you welcomed me…” On Thursday 5th February people from churches & faith groups across the Tees Valley gathered at the Trinity Centre, North Ormesby, to learn and share about how we can work together to provide... read more »

New resource on faith and sanctuary

(21 Jan) This is a fabulous new resource written by Inderjit Bhogal, one of the founding members of City of Sanctuary. This resource offers prompts for conversation and reflection on the theme of hospitality and welcome. The resource is Biblically... read more »


Leeds Schools Inclusion conference embraces Schools of Sanctuary

(2 Mar) Rose McCarthy (National Streams Coordinator) and Emily Wood, a refugee from Zimbabwe gave a talk about Schools of Sanctuary at the Leeds Beckett’s University Schools Inclusion Conference on February 24th 2015. 100 year 3 student... read more »

Latest Leeds Schools of Sanctuary newsletter

(10 Feb) This term we have many exciting items, including a campaign to support, performances to book and happy news about our new schools of sanctuary. read more »


Leicester CoS wins Big Lottery Awards Grant for welcoming project

(16 Feb) Thanks to volunteer Shali Bullough, Leicester City of Sanctuary has just been awarded £9,040 from the Lottery Fund for a welcoming project called Open Door. We hope that this project will run alongside our current Hello Leicester project... read more »

Santa Fun Run

Santa Fun Run!

(22 Jan) Several members of LCofS took part in a fun run organised by the Rotary Club of Loughborough on Sunday, December 7th 2014. They collected £365 in sponsorship, which will be increased by 25% through Gift Aid and by a share of the profits... read more »


Feedback from Councillors and Officers - Workshop

(10 Feb) Some of the feedback from Councillors and Officers… “Very insightful to understand route from Asylum Seeker to Refugee”. read more »


Asylum Talks Poster


(6 Feb) Dear All, We are excited to announce a series of talks in partnership with Refugee Support Devon, Be the Change Society and STAR. The first talk was a great success; an incredible first-hand insight into the work of an NGO in Aleppo... read more »


Ram and the Glasgow Girls  Left to right – Rosa, (Ram) Amal, Emma and Agnesa

Sanctuary Summit: Standing in Solidity with Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

(17 Dec) On Saturday 15th November 2014 in Birmingham, City of Sanctuary held a national conference, ‘Standing in Solidity with Asylum Seekers and Refugees’. Over 400 people attended from all over the British Isles. There were guest speakers and... read more »

Presentation on Work & Health

(17 Dec) Article 23 of the Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable working conditions and to protection against unemployment.” Those seeking sanctuary in the UK... read more »


Asylum Health Tree Banner

(15 Dec) From LEEDS INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL EDUCATION Community Newsletter :   Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network (LASSN) were recently approached to create a piece of artwork for Leeds University’s School of Medicine. The brief was to... read more »

Demos report on proposed NHS charges

(27 Oct) On 23 October, Demos launched a new report, Do No Harm.“Ensuring fair use of the NHS efficiently and effectively…” Commissioned by Doctors of the World, the research by Max Wind-Cowie and Claudia Wood, looks at how to ensure fair use of... read more »


Sanctum: A Refugee's Story - Successful play from Without Walls Theatre Company

(1 Dec) Sanctum: A Refugee’s Story – A Play by Without Walls Theatre Company On Sunday 23rd November, Sheffield celebrated Light Night, an event which marked the turning on of the Christmas lights. The event hosted a large and... read more »


Oxford City of Sanctuary Relaunch: First Annual General Meeting & Elections set for 10th December 2014

(30 Nov) Dear Friends, After a few years of quiet, old and new members have come together to support the relaunch of the Oxford City of Sanctuary movement. Oxford City of Sanctuary aims to promote the inclusion and welfare of those coming to the... read more »