In 2010, Swansea became the second City of Sanctuary in the UK, and the first in Wales. We celebrated our 10th Anniversary in 2020 with many events throughout the year – the highlights of these can be seen in our most recent report.
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.
Refugee Employment Workshop + Launch of SCoS Pilot Exhibition
On 4th April, we held a Refugee Employment Workshop and Networking event, followed by the opening of our Pilot Exhibition.
Belfast: ‘Towards a City of Sanctuary’ Conference
Under funding from the Big Lottery, Belfast City of Sanctuary (BCoS) organised a conference on 29th March 2022 at the Girdwood Community hub in Belfast. The aim of this conference was to familiarise key public bodies and NGOs with the…
City of Sanctuary UK are running a series of webinars designed to support those interested in supporting all refugees, hosting as part of the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme, and more specialised events for Local Authorities. Please see details of these…
Show Your Heart!
A Message of Solidarity
Sadly, at least 27 people have reportedly drowned while crossing the Channel from France on Wednesday.
Revolutionary Dreams: Film Review by Ibrahim Badawi
On Friday 12th November 2021, Jose Cifuentes held the premiere of his new film, “Revolutionary Dreams" produced by Malcolm Boorer and Daniel Phillips. This film was based on Jose's publication “Revolutionary Dreams: From Chile to Wales", published by Hafan Books…
‘Art for the Park’ accepted for the Swansea Open exhibition!
Anniversary Sanctuary Awards
Sanctuary: Film Review by Ibrahim Badawi
As part of Swansea City of Sanctuary's ten-year celebrations, the film Sanctuary was shown in the Taliesin Theatre at Swansea University. The film included scenes from Swansea and interviews with refugees, asylum seekers, volunteers, and inspirational figures who have contributed…
New Trustees and Volunteers Wanted for Swansea City of Sanctuary
We are always interested in meeting potential trustees to join our committee. This is a voluntary position. We are a fully voluntary organisation with no staff.
Improving Access to Higher Education & Employment for Forced Migrants
Monday 14th June 2021
Hannah of “Better Welcome” nominated as community champion during lockdown
Lockdown hasn’t prevented Swansea giving a proper welcome to asylum seekers and refugees. Hannah Sabatia, project coordinator for the ‘A Better Welcome to Swansea’ Project, was recently nominated as a community champion by Bethan Sayed MS, Member of the Senedd…
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