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Story from Dublin Poetry Evening

(27 Nov 2014) Dublin City of Sanctuary has a thriving Arts Stream which has run several successful poetry and music evenings. This story by Antain Mac Lochlainn was read out to a crowded audience at the Monday Echo, held in a busy pub arty pub. The... read more (Story from Dublin Poetry Evening) »

Successful Sanctuary Summit - attended by 400

(16 Nov 2014) News Article from Sarah Eldridge: City of Sanctuary was proud to be one of the key organisers of an unprecedented gathering of refugees, migrants, advocates and supporters from more than 100 civil society organisations across Britain who... read more (Successful Sanctuary Summit - attended by 400) »

Glasgow Girls go south in support of Sanctuary

(6 Nov 2014) The TV-famed “Glasgow Girls” will join people from more than 100 organisations in Birmingham next week (15th November) to reaffirm their support for Britain’s historic role in welcoming people fleeing persecution. This unprecedented... read more (Glasgow Girls go south in support 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.


Welcoming the stranger

(27 Nov) Derby City of Sanctuary is organising a conference “Welcoming the Stranger – how churches can help refugees and asylum seekers”. It will be held on 21 March 2015 at Derby’s Riverside Centre, in the Carsington Suite... 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 »


Striving for Excellence in Maternity Care in Bradford: A focus on asylum seeking and refugee women

(20 Nov) Midwives, health visitors, housing support workers, student nurses and midwives, children centre managers, refugee organisations and other charities from Bradford and beyond attended the conference held at the University of Bradford two... read more »

First Maternity Stream Conference Happens in Bradford

(6 Nov) The flagship conference led by the Maternity stream happened today in Bradford Over 100 maternity care providers; health professionals, charitable organisations, asylum seeking and refugee women, student midwives, educators and more.... read more »


Swansea Conference raises the profile on Asylum Issues.

(18 Nov) On 18th October 2014 more than sixty people from across South Wales attended a conference entitled ‘Asylum Seekers and your Church’. The conference, which was organised by a local steering group, began with an Eritrean group singing... 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 »


Sheffield shows up in strength at Sanctuary Summit

(17 Nov) Sheffield organisations were well represented at the first ever Sanctuary Summit held in Birmingham last Saturday. At least 10 local people representing seven different local groups joined 400 others from all over Britain to express 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 »


Summat New, November 8th, 2014

(13 Nov) The recent Summat New event held at Leeds University Union and hosted and organised by Leeds For Change was a fantastic day and great success for everyone involved. With over 30 organisations, hundreds of people attending, stalls,... read more »

Upcoming Leeds No Borders events

(31 Oct) Monday 15th November Leeds No Borders monthly organising meeting 11.30am -1.30pm 40 Sholebroke Ave, chapeltown ls7 3hb Come & get involved in planning for December’s events, all welcome, no experience or skills needed. https://www.... 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 »

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 »


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 »


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 »


'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 »