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.
World Social Work Day
On Tuesday, 21st March 2023, Swansea University joined the international community to celebrate World Social Work Day.
Resist Racism march in Cardiff
Stand Up to Racism organised a Resist Racism march in Cardiff on Saturday 18th March, ahead of The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Statement of Support for the Right to Strike
We strongly support everyone’s right to work with fair pay and decent working conditions,
Human Rights NOT Rwanda Flights
Wednesday 14th December marked 6 months since the first flight to Rwanda was cancelled.
The Future of Sanctuary in Swansea
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Thursday 8th December at Volcano Theatre for our Sanctuary Awards presentation, AGM and networking event, which took place amongst the Schools of Sanctuary Exhibition (on display until December 21st if you fancy…
Image courtesy of The Birth Partner Project: "@BirthProject trustees and staff having a great time at @SwanseaCoS #twmpath on Friday. Dancing and raising funds for @SASS_Community ....Diolch to everyone who organised such a fab evening #NationofSanctuary"
Statement against forced removals to Rwanda
As a group of organisations based in Swansea, we utterly condemn the UK government’s policy of “off-shoring” asylum seekers, whether by sending them to Rwanda or to any other country to be “processed”. We invite others in Swansea to endorse…
Home Away from Home Exhibition 2022
This week the Swansea City of Sanctuary team took down our month-long exhibition, Home Away from Home, which has been displayed in The National Waterfront Museum since the middle of June.
Swansea Sanctuary Awards 2022: Nominations OPEN
What are the Swansea Sanctuary Awards?
Swansea Schools of Sanctuary Celebration
Report by Ibrahim Badawi
Visiting Richmond Park School
On Wednesday 22nd June, Otis Bolamu, a long time member and advocate from Swansea, visited Richmond Park School in Carmarthen, the first school in Carmarthen to achieve a School of Sanctuary Award.
Visiting Ysgol Gymraeg Teilo Sant
One of our volunteers and Members, Diamond, visited Ysgol Gymraeg Teilo Sant in Llandeilo on Tuesday 21st June as part of their Refugee Week celebrations! Diamonds shared her story with the school children to teach them about what the journey…
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