Welcome to Bristol City of Sanctuary
Bristol officially launched as a City of Sanctuary in June 2011, and since then has been working hard to keep the momentum created from this going. We celebrate and welcome the diversity that makes up our city, believing it should be something to be proud of and that should be applauded.
We invite you, whether you are a business, a local organisation or an individual to pledge your support and get involved in any way that would suit you. Please check out our links to find out about different initiatives that we are running and all of our upcoming events. Together we can work to make sure that our status as a City of Sanctuary is deserved, uniting to create a place of safety and sanctuary for refugees and asylum-seekers.
City of Sanctuary is a national network, a movement of local groups made up by businesses, community organisations and individuals, all with one thing in common; their belief that sanctuary seekers should be welcomed, and that their contribution to society should be celebrated.
BRISTOLIANS who have survived human rights abuses and war and sought sanctuary in the UK will speak out about their experience of not being able to access health care at an event commemorating International Human Rights Day (10 December).
Exciting Opportunity to Take the Leadership of a Thriving and Dynamic Asylum Seeker and Refugee Charity in Bristol
The post of Director of Bristol Refugee Rights will be available from January 2014. The successful applicant will have a track record of commitment to work in solidarity with asylum seekers and refugees, sound management, leadership and communication skills, the ability to think flexibly, creatively and strategically, and a total commitment to empowerment of asylum seekers and refugees and the consultative processes necessary to achieve this. They will be fluent in matters of asylum policy and practice in UK. The post-holder will lead and support a team of 8 part-time staff coordinating a range of projects under the umbrella of a vibrant and busy drop-in day centre.
The post-holder will also have sound experience in developing communications, campaigns and fund-raising activity – in order to maintain a strong public profile for BRR’s work and ensure its sustainability.
People with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience from a refugee background or from BME communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Annual Salary: NJC Scale PO1/PO3 (pro rata to full time salary in the range £27,849 – £34,549 for 30 hours per week)
CLOSING DATE: 9am Friday November 15th 2013
For an application pack please download from website
Following on from Refugee Week last week, St Brendan’s Sixth Form College ran an event ‘Celebrating Sanctuary’ on Wednesday 26th June. The celebration event was attended by Bristol Mayor George Ferguson and guests from ‘Bristol City of Sanctuary’, ‘Bristol Refugee Rights’ and ‘Dignity for Asylum Seekers’. The event consisted of talks, poetry, music and theatre which all reflected issues surrounding asylum and refugees.
The Bristol City of Sanctuary Group is delighted to announce that it has just published the 3rd edition of its Bristol Globe magazine.
The high-quality, full-colour edition of Bristol Globe, produced by professional journalists, has proved to be of interest to local residents and visitors to the city.
The Lord Mayor of Bristol is hosting a tea and cake for sanctuary seekers and supporters of city of sanctuary at Mansion House today, Wednesday 19th.
The day is organised as part of celebrating refugee week , raise awareness about the challenges faced by people seeking sanctuary, promote an inclusive society and above all, to demonstrate the city’s commitment and efforts in making Bristol a real city of sanctuary.
Speakers at this gathering will include Mike Kaye from Still Human, Still Here campaign who address the meeting about he described as, “what Still Human believes should happen so that we can end destitution in the asylum seekers system and what the challenges are to securing these changes.”
Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson re-iterated his and the City council’s commitment to the City of Sanctuary vision and to end destitution of vulnerable sanctuary seekers in the City at a meeting yesterday with members of the Bristol City of Sanctuary management committee held at Refugee Action’s offices in the heart of Easton.
BRISTOL became the second city across UK after Glasgow to take a stand against asylum destitution.
On Tuesday 15 January Bristol City Council passed a city of sanctuary motion condemning the UK Border Agency’s policy of forcing people seeking asylum into destitution.
Bristolians who have survived human rights abuses and war and sought sanctuary in the UK are to speak out at an event commemorating International Human Rights Day.
Perhaps best described as a cross between a song cycle and a secular oratorio, this piece of musical theatre tells some of the *human stories *behind the statistics. Whether you call them refugees, economic migrants or immigrants it is the human stories that are at the heart of this song cycle.
Each song is preceded by a narration to shed some light on the historical and political background.
Forward Maisokwadzo is a man with a mission. Forward is an exiled Zimbabwean journalist who is running this year’s Bristol Half Marathon to raise money for Bristol City of Sanctuary’s “Schools and Colleges of Sanctuary” project and for the Hardship Fund which supports destitute sanctuary seekers in the city.
The Bristol City of Sanctuary Group is delighted to announce that it has just published the second edition of our Bristol Globe magazine. A key theme of this new edition is diversity – one of the things which helped to make Bristol ‘the best place to live in the UK.’