City of Sanctuary
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Alan Law, JP, led the celebrations for the closing event of Sheffield first ‘Summer of Sanctuary’ at the Town Hall. Some 60 guests from refugee and supporting organisations which had hosted events during the last three months attended the ceremony, where the city council’s Executive Director of Communities Richard Webb handed out certificates to all who had contributed.
The Nottingham group was formally launched at a public meeting on October 7th. It was addressed by the Lord Mayor, who referred to the City Council's target to achieve City of Sanctuary status by March 2012.
Other speakers included Craig Barnett, the national co-ordinator, and two people seeking sanctuary in the city spoke about their experiences in Britain. NAWEF, the Nottingham African Women's Empowerment Forum provided lunch while the Rainbow Choir entertained us.
After lunch, four workshops gave people a chance to exchange ideas on ways forward.
For more details, to offer support, and to get involved, contact Nottingham@cityofsanctuary.org