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Important Update:

Please refer to the following document for information regarding services available for refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield during the coronavirus emergency (up to date as of March 17):

We are very sorry to say that The Sanctuary and The Drop-In will be closed until further notice due to the ongoing situation concerning coronavirus.

This decision was made in conjunction with a number of organisations who support the running of both of these services including Assist, The British Red Cross, Citizens Advice Sheffield, SAVTE, South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice and Sheffield City Council.

If you would like more information about this, please call 0114 221 1845.

If you would like more information about COVID–19 and how to keep yourself and others safe, please see the information on Assist Sheffield’s website, which includes translations into a number of languages.



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.

If you would like to receive news of refugee-related events in Sheffield please contact us.

Read our impact report

City of Sanctuary Sheffield has published a report about our work in 2018–2019, which discusses developments at The Sanctuary; services delivered at the multi-agency drop-in, and the contribution of our wonderful team of volunteers. There are also comments from some of the people we have tried to help. Have a look at the full report here.