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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Could you help raise funds for The Sanctuary?
Are you a marathon runner? Do you have a passion you could turn into a fund-raiser?
We would be happy to pay the entrance fees and provide promotional t-shirts or running vests for your fund-raising activities.
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Read our impact report
City of Sanctuary Sheffield has completed a report about our work over the past year. In it you can read about developments at The Sanctuary, services we and our partners have 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.
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…
Health report published
Research among refugees in Sheffield shows a general appreciation of the care offered by the National Health Service, while highlighting…
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…
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!
City of Sanctuary’s exciting new refugee centre in Sheffield is in the running to win £50,000 from the Big Lottery,…
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…
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