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.
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 members, Diamonds, 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 can be…
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…
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