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.
Stop Evictions from Asylum Housing
Yesterday (March 18) the government promised that private tenants will not be evicted from their homes for at least three months even if struggling with their rent under emergency coronavirus legislation.
Parliamentary Debate on Asylum Decisions
Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, recently took part in a Parliamentary debate on the timescale of asylum decisions, arguing that the current 28 day moving-on period for asylum support is insufficient, and calling this period to be doubled…
Theatre of Sanctuary Network Assembly meets in Sheffield
Sheffield—the UK’s first City of Sanctuary—hosted the second Theatre of Sanctuary Network Assembly last month, with over 30 theatre practitioners, festival organisers and arts curators assembling in the city to discuss how the performing arts can promote sanctuary.
Sanctuary Stage at Pedlars Corner Flea Market
City of Sanctuary Sheffield is delighted to announce a partnership with the Pedlars Corner Flea Market, which takes place at Abbeydale Picturehouse every month.
The Sanctuary’s First Birthday
The Sanctuary celebrated its (belated) first birthday on Thursday 26th September in the most eclectic style. A crowd was there to hear speeches from many involved in the movement and to give an emotional farewell to Sarah after 10 years…
Sheffield Hallam announces sanctuary scholarships
Sheffield Hallam University(SHU) is celebrating World Refugee Day by launching a new scheme to improve access to higher education for young people who have sought sanctuary in the UK.
Health report published
Research among refugees in Sheffield shows a general appreciation of the care offered by the National Health Service, while highlighting a need for greater awareness of what is available and how it should be accessed. An inquiry, organised by…
The Sanctuary lease is signed!
We’re delighted to announce that following months of negotiation, City of Sanctuary Sheffield’s Chair Mike Reynolds has finally put his signature to the lease of 37-39 Chapel Walk – watched here by our ever patient solicitor, Keith Arrowsmith of Counterculture…
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. The “Detention Forum Champion” award was presented to Mr Blomfield at a special celebratory Iftar event prepared by a local…
Please help The Sanctuary win £50k!
City of Sanctuary’s exciting new refugee centre in Sheffield is in the running to win £50,000 from the Big Lottery, in a link-up with ITV regional television. Please spare a minute to help them win these much-needed funds by clicking…
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’ celebration. Participants gathered at The Sanctuary for home made cakes and hot drinks before setting off to march from Devonshire…