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Sanctuary Awards

We’re passionate about recognising and celebrating the efforts of institutions that contribute to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for people seeking sanctuary in our community.

These groups are what make Swansea a City of Sanctuary.


National Sanctuary Awards

City of Sanctuary UK have a Sanctuary Award programme which accepts applications from Universities, Further Education Colleges, Schools, Local Authorities, Faith Institutions, Libraries and Arts Organisations from across the UK.

Organisations will be appraised by a panel including someone with lived experience of seeking sanctuary, an expert in the field, and somebody from your local CoS branch (that’s us!). All sanctuary awards are valid for three years after which point an institution will need to undergo a re-accreditation process.

If you are part of an organisation which falls under these categories, and you would like to work towards achieving a Sanctuary Award, please see the City of Sanctuary UK website for more information. You can also contact the CoS UK programme leads if you have any questions.


Local Sanctuary Awards

Here at Swansea City of Sanctuary, we take pride in championing the smaller organisations that make a big impact right here in our local community. Through our Local Sanctuary Award programme, we shine a spotlight on the grassroots initiatives, community groups, and smaller organisations that exemplify dedication and innovation in supporting people seeking sanctuary in Swansea. By highlighting these initiatives, we hope to inspire others to join us in our mission to build a more welcoming and supportive city for all.

If you are part of a small organisation or community group and would like to work towards achieving a Local Sanctuary Award, please contact us for more information.


Award-Winning Organisations in Swansea




Notable information

African Community Centre (ACC) 05/07/2016 Local
Circus Eruption 19/06/2019 Local
Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE) 05/04/2017 Local
Digital Communities Wales 05/04/2017 Local
Down to Earth Project  05/04/2017 Local
Down to Earth Project  08/12/2022 Local Re-accreditation
Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team (EYST) 05/07/2016 Local
Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team (EYST) 16/07/2021 Local Re-accreditation
Fusion Project  16/07/2021 Local
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery 16/07/2021 National 1st Gallery of Sanctuary in UK
Gower College Swansea 12/11/2021 National 1st FE College of Sanctuary in Wales
Humanities Department at Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr 21/06/2022 Local
Linden Church 20/03/2018 Local 1st Church of Sanctuary in Swansea
National Waterfront Museum 20/03/2018 National 1st Museum of Sanctuary in UK
National Waterfront Museum 08/12/2022 National Re-accreditation
Oxfam Castle Street 11/03/2014 National 1st Shop of Sanctuary in UK
Oxfam Castle Street 05/04/2017 National Re-accreditation
Oxfam Castle Street 16/07/2021 National Re-accreditation
St. James’ Church 08/12/2022 Local
Swansea Asylum Seeker Support (SASS) 16/07/2021 Local
Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) 05/07/2016 Local
Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) 16/07/2021 Local Re-accreditation
Terence Higgins Trust Cymru 19/06/2019 Local
Unity in Diversity (UiD) 05/07/2016 Local
Unity in Diversity (UiD) 16/07/2021 Local Re-accreditation
Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People 05/04/2017 Local


Award-Winning Schools in Swansea



Notable information

Bishop Vaughan Catholic School 16/06/2023
Brynmill Primary School 21/06/2022
Christchurch Primary School 16/06/2023
Hafod Primary School 21/06/2022
Pentrehafod School 01/07/2013 1st School of Sanctuary in Wales
Pentrehafod School 21/06/2022 Re-accreditation
St. Helen’s Primary School 16/06/2023
St. Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School 19/06/2019 1st Primary School of Sanctuary in Swansea
St. Joseph’s Cathedral Primary School 16/06/2023 Re-accreditation
Terrace Road Primary School 21/06/2022
Waun Wen Primary School 21/06/2022