We are part of the City of Sanctuary network, a national movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution.
In 2010, Swansea became the UK’s second official City of Sanctuary, and the very first in Wales, meeting all of the criteria set by the national City of Sanctuary network for this prestigious status. We are incredibly proud of this, and continue to support the work for Wales to become the first Nation of Sanctuary.
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 Management Committee invites all organisations, local groups and individuals to join us and help make Swansea proud to be a place of safety. Swansea 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 can pledge their support to welcome and include people seeking sanctuary in their activities.
“To hear or to read Swansea City of Sanctuary it feels like my next stop where I am going to or where I need to get off. It is like a place which, somehow, does not know me but waits for me and is ready to welcome me with many arms I do not know but which are ready to embrace me. Swansea City of Sanctuary is my final destination in my journey as a refugee or asylum seeker.”
– Management Committee Member and long-term volunteer
Vacancies Now Open!
As 2023 comes to an end, we are excited to announce the available roles within our organisation for 2024.
Help us reach our target for 2023/24!
We have set up a LocalGiving appeal: Help us reach our target for 2023/24!
Refugee Day at Swansea Central Library
Swansea Central Library celebrated World Refugee Day, June 20th, with an afternoon of activities on the Refugee Week 2023 theme of Compassion.
The Succour Grip: Poetry by Dr. T. M. Ako, about Schools of Sanctuary Awards
At our recent prestigious Schools of Sanctuary Awards Ceremony, Dr. T. M. Ako read her poem, "The Succour Grip", about her experience as a panelist for the awards:
Schools of Sanctuary Awards 2023
On Friday 16th June, just before the start of Refugee Week 2023, we held the prestigious Schools of Sanctuary Awards. We are so delighted to have collaborated with Swansea Council Education Directorate and Swansea Arena to host this fantastic event.…
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…
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