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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COSS wins Duke of York Award
Solidarity with migrants on One Day Without Us
Sheffielders came out in force to show their solidarity with migrants as part of the national ‘One Day Without Us’…
CoS founder wins national peace award
City of Sanctuary’s founder and national patron has been awarded this year’s Wilson- Hinkes Peace Prize for his pioneering work in initiating…
It’s “The Sanctuary”!
“The Sanctuary” is now the official name for our new premises on Chapel Walk. It was confirmed by City of…
Oasis becomes first School of Sanctuary
Congratulations to the staff and students at Oasis Academy Watermead, on becoming Sheffield’s first School of Sanctuary. Over the past…
Thornbridge Hall concert raises a Grand for Welcome Centre
Thornbridge Hall, near Bakewell, was the magnificent setting for a concert of piano duets performed in support of our new Welcome…
Welcome Centre success – now for a name?
A huge thank you to all who supported our appeal for the proposed new ‘Welcome Centre’. The fantastic response meant we hit our target of £60k and our bid to lease the building in Chapel Walk has been accepted. We hope to move in gradually from late June, and now…
Half marathon boost to Welcome Centre appeal
City of Sanctuary Sheffield’s Welcome Centre appeal received a boost at the weekend when supporter David Mount clocked up more…
Appeal for Welcome Centre
City of Sanctuary Sheffield (COSS) is launching an appeal for an exciting new project to provide an international place of welcome in…
Message of support to American Sanctuary Cities
City of Sanctuary Sheffield has sent a letter of support to Sanctuary Cities in the United States, who’ve…
Migrants’ rights unchanged following referendum
Following a spate of verbal and physical attacks in the wake of the EU referendum, a local migration research body has produced a briefing confirming that migrants have exactly the same rights now as they did before the vote. Migration Yorkshire’s paper can be found on our website here. The rights…
Review of Asylum Needs
A review of services available to asylum seekers and refugees in Sheffield has highlighted shortages in provision in key areas of support and advice. The research was commissioned following the closure of the Northern Refugee Centre, and other recent changes in Home Office practices. It makes a number of recommendations including…
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