Swansea became the UK’s second official City of Sanctuary in May 2010. Its constitution was formally adopted in February 2012 and amended in 2019.
City of Sanctuary is a national movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution.
Swansea has offered a home to people who have lost their homes and families and we wish to celebrate the welcoming attitudes of Swansea people and organisations.
Our City of Sanctuary Management Committee invites all organisations, local groups and individuals to join us and help make Swansea proud to be a place of safety. City of Sanctuary support can include community centres, charities, social clubs, schools, local services and businesses, as well as refugee organisations and volunteers. Supporting organisations promise to welcome and include people seeking sanctuary in their activities.
Take a look at our City of Sanctuary resolution of support. We also have included some ideas to turn your support into practical help.
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Sanctuary in Lockdown
Swansea has been a City of Sanctuary for ten years. It means making the city welcoming to all-comers including those escaping from violence or persecution in other countries. Like many others, asylum seekers and refugees have had particular problems during…
A culture of welcome in flowers
Swansea Council has marked the tenth anniversary of Swansea as a City of Sanctuary by planting a flower display. It was unveiled on 9 July 2020 by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Mark Childs, at a brief ceremony attended by Amber…
We are Ten!!
Mumbles Welcome Day
Lord Mayor hosts afternoon tea for City of Sanctuary Volunteers
In recognition of support for Swansea City of Sanctuary thought the year and to celebrate the festive season, we have invited our volunteers and some asylum seekers/ refugees for an afternoon tea party hosted by the Lord Mayor of Swansea…
Ten Pin Bowling party
Ten Pin Bowling party
‘A Hundred Thousand Welcomes’
The much awaited book, 'A Hundred Thousand Welcomes' is now ready and available to purchase online. Some of the stories in the book are from Swansea City of Sanctuary people Alan, Hannah, Rocio and Sian, who read extracts at our…
“A Better Welcome to Swansea” Project – Staff Change
Our partnership with Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) on this project continues very successfully. Volunteer Mentors are recruited and trained to help welcome people seeking sanctuary to Swansea (primarily newly-arrived asylum seekers). Mentors might, for example, explain bus routes,…
Far from the Home I Love ~
Pianist is on a mission to help refugees
Swansea Sanctuary Awards 2019
Three organisations received Sanctuary Awards at our AGM -bringing the total in Swansea with such an award to 16 !
Lift The Ban Campaign
‘Lift the Ban’, an ongoing campaign to allow asylum seekers to work, formed the focus of our AGM, held in July. Supporters of Swansea City of Sanctuary heard how many asylum seekers are forced into destitution, struggling to make ends…
Mumbles Fundraiser Success
A successful evening was held in Mumbles which raised the huge amount of £1100 after expenses for future Welcome Days. These are to be held first in Mumbles and possibly in other parts of Swansea where there are very few…
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