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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Please help our Co-Chair raise £500 for The Sanctuary
Our Co-Chair, Tina Ball, is walking the West Highland Way to raise funds so we can develop our work at The Sanctuary. The walk stretches 96 miles (154 Km) from Milngavie to Fort William, taking in a huge variety of scenery along the way, from countryside parks to loch-shores and open moorlands to steep mountains.
If you'd like to sponsor Tina, please click here
Exciting opportunity to lead City of Sanctuary Sheffield
We are looking for a new Director to take City of Sanctuary Sheffield and The Sanctuary into the next phase of development. Please see our Vacancies page for full details and how to apply.
Vacancy at the SPRING project
Sheffield Project for Refugee Integration & Growth (SPRING) is recruiting an Administrator. 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. It's based at The Sanctuary and Voluntary Action Sheffield, and 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.
Details of the job and how to apply can be found here https://www.vas.org.uk/job/spring-project-administrator-13778/
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
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…
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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