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Supporting the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

(14 Jul 2014) Do you remember the Refugee Council campaign for the Government to offer safety to Syrian refugees? We thought it a victory when together with The Refugee Council and Amnesty International we forced the Government to set up a special... read more (Supporting the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees) »

A Tale of Two Cities – new Cities of Sanctuary recognised – Cardiff and Newcastle

(30 Jun 2014) “City of Sanctuary is the most exciting and dynamic initiative in the Refugee world” Maurice Wren, CEO Refugee Council. June, when the tenacity and contribution of refugees is recognized across the globe, saw celebrations as... read more (A Tale of Two Cities – new Cities of Sanctuary recognised – Cardiff and Newcastle) »

Asylum Help publishes its new service model and list of contacts

(24 Jun 2014) It has been nearly three months since Migrant Help started providing the Asylum Help Services. They have produced a summary of the final Asylum Help service model for each region and a contact list of their Regional Operations Managers and... read more (Asylum Help publishes its new service model and list of contacts) »

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.


Two new Schools of Sanctuary announced

(22 Jul) We are proud to announce that two schools were granted the Schools of Sanctuary award this year! Lawnswood High School and Beeston Primary have submitted their portfolio and our awarding committee was delighted to endorse both. read more »

Refugees enjoy art in the Dales

(19 Jun) Article from Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust Mums, pregnant women, babies and toddlers displaced from their homelands and now living in Leeds enjoyed a family day out in Malham with local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT... 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 »

Tributes to murdered student

(12 Jun) Friends and family have been paying tribute to Anowar Tagabo, a 25 year old student who has died following an incident in Sheffield. Anowar had been visiting the city for a family wedding when he was attacked in the city centre. He was... 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 »

Free courses for refugees in Derby

(2 May) Derby Refugee Advice Centre (DRAC) is offering a series of free courses to refugees and asylum seekers in Derby, roughly one each month. Topics have covered: HIV/Aids, local nature projects and volunteering, Presentation skills... 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 »

Ministerial statements on health from the Immigration Bill

(25 Apr) During the debates on the Immigration Bill, Ministers made statements to try and reassure those concerned about the introduction of a migrant surcharge and charges for primary and A&E healthcare. Steve from Doctors of the World has... read more »


Refugee tells her story at Leeds school

(19 Jun) During our recent Aspirations Week at Bracken Edge we were lucky enough to have Zebiba visit us. Zebiba came to talk to years 5 and 6 about her life, career and being a refugee. The children were greatly moved by her talk and are now all... read more »


Scottish Refugee Council report highlights issues on maternity care.

(9 May) The SNP supported the report and criticised the UK’s “detrimental” asylum policy On 27 April, the Scottish National Party issued a press release calling on the UK government to consider recommendations proposed by the... read more »

The Maternity Stream of Sanctuary wins two prizes at the COST conference in Brussels

(14 Apr) The COST international conference on Optimising Childbirth ran over two days and had nearly 100 presentations from around the world. Rose McCarthy, Jackie Ingham, Dasha Pluto and Mel Cooper from the Maternity Stream of Sanctuary presented... 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 »


Report from the Churches’ Refugee Network conference, at Sheffield, 5th April 2014.

(14 Apr) Christians from churches across the country, from Bournemouth to Newcastle upon Tyne, from Liverpool to Gravesend, attended the annual Churches’ Refugee Network conference in Sheffield on 5 April. Many who attended were asylum seekers... read more »


Bradford passes 'City of Sanctuary' review with flying colours

(26 Mar) With 90 councillors in attendance, Bradford’s Lord Mayor received a certificate from Tiffy Allen, the National CoS Coordinator, in the Banqueting Hall at Bradford’s City Hall on 25th March. Tiffy, Will Sutcliffe (Bradford CoS... read more »


Leicester joins nine other UK cities in the Still Human Still Here campaign.

(21 Mar) Leicester became the tenth city and the first in the Midlands to pass the Still Human Still Here resolution opposing policy that results in the destitution of asylum seekers at various points in the asylum process. The motion was agreed... read more »


Refugee Boy Tour going well

(27 Feb) We are delighted that Refugee Boy is now on tour. Reviews are fabulous and this is such a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and engage a new audience to sanctuary issues. Click here for full details of the tour showing at... read more »


Catholic Priest ‘left’ presbytery to sleep rough on streets

(24 Feb) IN an act of compassion, Rev Richard McKay, a Catholic Priest and Chair of Bristol City of Sanctuary has decided this time not only to lead from the pulpit but join others in the ‘front line’ sleeping rough on the street of... read more »


Children meet Bishop

Children meet Bishop

(21 Feb) Children from several Birmingham schools came together to meet the Catholic Bishop of Eritrea. St. Chad’s Primary School which hosted the event pays particular attention to ensure a welcome for refugee children and their parents.... read more »


Kirklees Council became the 8th Council to pass a motion against destitution

(28 Jan) Kirklees Council has become the 8th Council to pass a motion against destitution and joins Oxford, Bristol, Liverpool and Bradford as members of the Still Human Still Here coalition! Accompanied by Lucy from DASH (Destitute Asylum... read more »