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Temporary Closure of The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary: The Sanctuary is a unique space; working to be a place of physical, mental, and emotional safety for refugees and people seeking asylum in the center of Sheffield. 

We all work each day at The Sanctuary to build a space that is effective, resilient and beautiful; in short a model of the world we all want to see. This is a constantly moving project and in 2024 weโ€™re planning the next stage of the redevelopment of the space.

From July 2024 till early November 2024 The Sanctuary will be closed. This is due to the building work that is taking place on Chapel Walk, meaning we will be moving out of The Sanctuary and using it as an opportunity to undertake vital redevelopment work to make the space more effective, safe, welcoming and beautiful for all those who use it. You can read more about our building work plans here.

Activities that take place in The Sanctuary have either been moved to alternative locations across the city or will take a pause over the summer.

SAVTE: See timetable below for their English groups at Utopia Theatre. The groups are running in July but all are off in August 2024. The will restart in Sept 2024 at Utopia Theatre.

Conversation Club (Wednesday English Class): Wednesdays, 1.30-2.30pm, Room 51, Victoria Hall

Chilypep Happy Group: The Snowdrop Project, 7 Castle Street, S3 8LT

Open Kitchen Social Club Tuesday Free Community meal: Tuesdays (from the 23rd of July) 12pm-2pm at The Quaker Meeting House, 10 St Jamesโ€™ St, S1 2EW

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about The Sanctuary’s temporary closure


The Multi-Agency Drop-In: A multiagency hub of advice, information and solidarity for people seeking sanctuary in Sheffield.

The Drop-In will continue as normal, continuing to provide vital support throughout the summer. Open Wednesdays; 1pm to 4pm (doors close at 3:30pm). No appointment needed. Victoria Hall, Norfolk St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2JB.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about The Multi-Agency Drop-In


SPRING: A unique collaboration of six organisations helping refugees settle into the local community. 

SPRING supports people who have refugee status  with both their urgent and longer-term integration needs, including accessing housing, benefits, physical/mental health support, immigration advice, getting their BRP card and opening a bank account, as well as progressing with language, education and employment. 

SPRING support will continue whilst The Sanctuary is closed. Open Monday to Thursday; 10am- 4pm people can receive access to SPRING support in three ways.

Phone: 07421 313518

Email: [email protected]

In person: Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James’ St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2EW


All of City of Sanctuary Sheffield’s other work (including Systems Change and Advocacy, Experts by Experience, City Wide Coordination and Collaboration, and Volunteering) will continue whilst The Sanctuary is closed. Please find each team’s relevant contact information here.