City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of welcome and hospitality for refugees and asylum-seekers. In 2007, with the support of the City Council, Sheffield became the UK’s first ‘City of Sanctuary’ for asylum-seekers and refugees—a city that takes pride in the welcome it offers to people in need of safety.
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Forthcoming Events (see all)
Tue07Jul201511am-1pmThe Exchange Brewery, 2 Bridge Street Sheffield, S3 8NS.
Gateway Volunteers - Celebrate volunteers contributions to resettled refugees achievements and share volunteering experiences.
Mon13Jul20154-6.30pmSt Mary's Church, Bramall Lane, S2 4QZ
COSS AGM - new date coming!!
City of Sanctuary Sheffield's Annual General Meeting, including reports about research by Sheffield university Masters students on asylum housing and other issues.
All are welcome to join the discussion, share a buffet meal, and watch "Sanctum", written by local writer/director Sam Holland in collaboration with writer/performer Ardi who also stars in this powerful one-man performance.
A Kosovan man returns to Sheffield 15 years after arriving as a refugee in 1999 when war forced him to confront the unimaginable; evacuating his home and being separated from his family.
Tue14Jul20151-4pmDomino Hall, Sheffield Cathedral
SAVE AGMSheffield Agencies for the Vulnerable and Excluded AGM, with guest speaker Alan Billings South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Art explores biblical parallels with migration
“A beautiful, calming display of thought-provoking stories that tell a different side to asylum.” – that was the response of one visitor to ‘Back Where You Came From’, an exhibition of prints and ceramics made by six people who are seeking sanctuary in Sheffield. The project was led by Ancient Historian/Biblical…
Yvonne Cass – inspirational campaigner
We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Yvonne Cass, a tireless campaigner for refugees & migrants in South Yorkshire and beyond. Yvonne came to the UK as a refugee from South Africa, where she was first a supporter, then critic of the ANC. Once here, she set up…
Sheffield – a city of welcome…
People who have come to Sheffield looking for a place of safety will share their experiences of ‘welcome’ at an event at the Town Hall next week (Friday 20th March). Four exiles from different parts of the world who arrived in the city over a span of 70 years will…
Sheffield shows up in strength at Sanctuary Summit
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 solidarity with migrants and refugees. The Archbishop of York, the Rt Rev Dr John…
Sheffield speaks up in Parliament
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 Evie Baker and Laura Dodds, two students who had been moved…
Celebrating the life of ‘saint’ Myra
Friends from far and wide congregated in Sheffield to join a tremendous expression of gratitude for the founder ofASSIST and Sheffield Conversation Club – Myra Davies, who died after a short illness in May. Myra’s family listened as people queued to pay their own tributes to someone many described as…
Tributes to murdered student
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 taken to hospital and died nine days…
Church break-in prompts donation
Members of a Sheffield church had an unexpected reaction when someone tried to break in to their caretaker’s flat. When they discovered the intruder was a homeless man seeking sanctuary they asked the police not to press charges, and donated £500 to a charity that helps destitute asylum seekers.
Gateway refugees celebrate 1st decade
Refugees and friends from across the world crammed into Highfield Trinity Church Hall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the…
Green Party leader at Sheffield protest
The leader of the Green Party met asylum seekers and support workers at the multi-agency drop-in at Victoria Hall during…
School students raise funds for refugees
Students at two Sheffield schools have raised nearly £1500 to help asylum seekers and refugees in the city. Pupils at…
Sanctuary at Sheffield festivals
Local people have been spreading the word about sanctuary at festivals taking place in Sheffield over the summer. Supporters of…
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