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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

Monday10:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday10:00am – 4:00pm
FridayClosed except for women’s group


Monday10:30 – 12:30New Beginnings Sewing Group: a social sewing groupBasement
14:00 – 16:00Arts and Crafts: a space for creativity and meeting new people Ground floor
Tuesday10:00 – 12:00SAVTE ESOL Class Entry 2+ (Registration Required)Basement
12:00 – 13:00Open Kitchen Social Club: a delicious meal cooked by our communityGround floor
13:00 – 15:00SAVTE English for Work (Registration Required)Ground floor
13:30 – 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 – 12:00SAVTE Beginners English ClassBasement
13:00 – 16:00English Conversation ClubCorner room
13:00 – 16:00Multi-Agency Advice Drop-In: a hub of advice, information and solidarity for people seeking sanctuary in SheffieldVictoria Hall, S1 2JB
Thursday11:00 – 12:30SAVTE Improvers English ClassGround Floor
11:00 – 12:30SAVTE Beginners English ClassBasement
13:00 – 14:30SAVTE Intermediate English ClassGround floor
14:00 – 16:00New Beginnings Jobs Club: information, advice and guidance in accessing opportunities in education and training, volunteering, employment and participation in social activitiesGround floor
Friday12:30 – 14:30Side by Side Wellbeing, Drama and English (Women’s Group): inclusive drama and music sessionsGround floor

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

Contact – [email protected]