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.
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.’