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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Come Dine With Us - African style, then.. Let's Rock n Roll!
You are warmly invited to join us for the next in our series of refugee-hosted meals at The Sanctuary, 6-8pm on Friday 3rd May, when you can share a selection of African food while learning about West African culture. Please reserve your place for "Come Dine With Us - African style" here. Entry is free, but donations are welcome to help cover our costs.
Please come and support this benefit concert featuring Ash Gray, Amy Kakoura, Amy Newhouse-Smith, Robin Hoare and the Daily Grind Rhythm Section on Saturday 4th May. It promises to be a foot-stomping night at Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD. Doors open 7.30pm, entry £10 - all proceeds to City of Sanctuary Sheffield. People seeking sanctuary are welcome, free of charge.
Volunteering Opportunities at The Sanctuary
Would you like to help refugees ? We're looking for people who can volunteer a few hours a week at The Sanctuary and/or the weekly multi-agency drop-in at Victoria Hall. Please have a look at our volunteering page to see the sort of roles currently on offer, including a new member for our Board.
SPRING at The Sanctuary
The Sanctuary is delighted to welcome Sheffield Project for Refugee Integration & Growth - SPRING - helping refugees find their feet in the city. SPRING is a partnership project funded by the EU, and brings together Citizens Advice, English teachers (SAVTE), Sheffield Council, Voluntary Action Sheffield, City of Sanctuary Sheffield and the mental health charity SOLACE. Together, we're making sure that people who've found sanctuary in Sheffield get all the advice and support the need to start to rebuild their lives.
This project is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.”
Health report published
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The Sanctuary lease is signed!
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Sheffield MP wins detention champion award
Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield has been given an award in recognition of his Parliamentary work advocating for detention reform.…
Please help The Sanctuary win £50k!
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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…
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