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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The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is our brand new city centre premises in Chapel Walk, where asylum seekers and refugees can come for support, advice or just to relax, feel safe, use a computer and have a hot drink. It's also a place where Sheffielders can come and meet people from other countries, and/or help with English conversation or other kinds of support.
The Sanctuary is open 10am-4pm Monday to Thursday, and can be booked for meetings and events.

"Sanctuary" mural now on display

This piece of street art is now on display at Backfields, behind the Art House in Sheffield city centre, inspired by young refugees and local people who've experienced mental health issues. The project was funded by the Spirit of the Rainbow Heron and involved a series of art workshops facilitated by local artist Annie Mays. The completed mural, by street artist John Dowswell, draws parallels between refugees fleeing danger and people struggling with mental health - finding safety in the kindness of others.

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