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The Sanctuary

In a sentence – A place of safety and welcome in the heart of the city

Address – The Sanctuary, 37-39 Chapel Walk, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2PD

In-depth – The Sanctuary aims to rise above the unjust constraints placed on people seeking sanctuary by providing a beautifully designed space in the heart of the city that is safe, welcoming and supportive. Visitors to the Sanctuary are welcomed by our volunteers and offered a hot drink and a calm place to sit, where they can participate in conversation groups and other social activities and find out about more about activities and opportunities around the city. It is a place where people are welcomed and listened to, and a place where people can discover the best of Sheffield as a City of Sanctuary. 

Opening times

Tuesday10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday10:00am – 4:00pm
FridayClosed except for women’s group


All activities are open to all people seeking sanctuary and do not require a referral.

Tuesday10:00 – 12:00SAVTE ESOL Class Entry 2+ (Registration Required)Basement
12:00 โ€“ 13:00Open Kitchen Social Club: a delicious free meal cooked by our communityGround floor
13:30 โ€“ 15:30English Conversation: a relaxed space to meet new people, improve your English, play board games and connect with the City of Sanctuary Sheffield communityGround floor
Wednesday10:00 โ€“ 12:00SAVTE Beginners English ClassBasement
13:00 โ€“ 16:00English Conversation ClubCorner room
13:00 โ€“ 16:00Multi-Agency Advice Drop-In: a hub of advice, information and solidarity for people seeking sanctuary in SheffieldVictoria Hall, S1 2JB
14:00 – 16:00Arts and Crafts: a space for creativity and meeting new peopleGround floor
Thursday11:00 โ€“ 12:30SAVTE Improvers English ClassGround Floor
11:00 โ€“ 12:30SAVTE Beginners English ClassBasement
13:00 โ€“ 14:30SAVTE Intermediate English ClassGround floor
14:00 โ€“ 16:00New Beginnings Jobs Club: information, advice and guidance in accessing opportunities in education and training, volunteering, employment and participation in social activitiesGround floor
16:00-17:00Zumba (Womenโ€™s Group)Basement
Friday, closed except forโ€ฆ12:30 โ€“ 14:30Side by Side Wellbeing, Drama and English  (Womenโ€™s Group): inclusive drama and music sessionsGround floor

Contact โ€“ [email protected]