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.
Stop Rwanda Deportations – Keep up the Pressure
About 150 people attended the rally in Castle Square against deportations to Rwanda
Gower College launch ESOL classrooms and Visual Arts Exhibition!
Gower College invited Swansea City of Sanctuary to join them for a launch of their new ESOL classrooms and Visual Arts exhibition on Monday 13th June at the Llwyn Y Bryn campus. Four new classrooms have been built to accommodate…
Statement + Protest Against Westminster Government Deportation of Refugees to Rwanda
We are determined that Swansea will remain a City of Sanctuary, and that Wales will remain a Nation of Sanctuary!
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!
Glynn Vivian becomes first UK Art Gallery of Sanctuary
Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea has become the UK’s first ever ‘Art Gallery of Sanctuary’. That means they’ve committed to making the gallery welcoming and inclusive for all!
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
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