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 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.

Would you like to work with refugees?

Sheffield Project for Refugee INtegration and Growth - SPRING - is a fresh initiative to help refugees in the city. SPRING is a partnership between City of Sanctuary Sheffield (COSS), Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS), Sheffield Council, Citizens' ADVICE, Sheffield Association for the Voluntary Teaching of English (SAVTE), and the mental health charity SOLACE. Most of the work will be based at The Sanctuary in Chapel Walk. Funded by the European Commission, it will assist refugees who have been granted asylum with housing, employment, English language and related issues.

You can find details of the COSS vacancy here.

Further details of vacancies related to the project can be found on the VAS website.  Type in 'SPRING' to the search box here


This project is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.
Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.

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