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.

You Did It!

The Sanctuary is about to receive nearly £50,000 from the Big Lottery, thanks to a fantastic show of support in the 'Peoples Projects'. The Sanctuary was one of five local projects competing for a share of £150,000 in this link-up between the Big Lottery and ITV. The votes have all been counted and we made it! The result is a testament to the amazing support there is out there for refugees, and will enable us to develop our work, providing English classes, therapeutic sessions and much more at The Sanctuary over the coming year.
We are so grateful for your support, thank you!

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