What is Leicester City of Sanctuary?
City of Sanctuary is a national movement with nearly 40 groups which are committed to developing a ‘culture of welcome and inclusion’ for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. The aim is to create a network of places throughout the country which do their best to include asylum seekers and refugees in the lives of their communities. City of Sanctuary was founded in Sheffield in 2005 and the Leicester branch (registered charity no 1138017) was established two years later.
Here in Leicester, we are now a small charity run entirely by volunteers with a range of projects supporting asylum seekers in a variety of ways. We also hold awareness raising talks to explain to people about what it is like to be an asylum seeker and about the asylum process. We provide this for free to any community group or organisation including statutory services. You can find out more by reading our annual report, clicking the boxes on the top of this page or contact us for further information.
Celebrating Refugee Arts: Journeys Festival and Coffee Shop Conversations end of August
We are excited by the plans for the next Journeys Festival in Leicester, organised by ArtReach. Once again Journeys Festival will…
12 Years Exhibition – Zimbabwe Refugee Oral History
Leicester celebrates World Refugee Day
Leicester City of Sanctuary 2015 AGM
Leicester City of Sanctuary held its AGM on Saturday 9th May, 2015 at St Martins House.
Leicester CoS wins Big Lottery Awards Grant for welcoming project
Thanks to volunteer Shali Bullough, Leicester City of Sanctuary has just been awarded £9,040 from the Lottery Fund for a…
Santa Fun Run!
Several members of LCofS took part in a fun run organised by the Rotary Club of Loughborough on Sunday, …
English project grows into an Arts venture
Making Christmas cards at LCofS on December 18th 2014
Successful Sanctuary Summit – attended by 400
News Article from Sarah Eldridge: City of Sanctuary was proud to be one of the key organisers of an unprecedented gathering…
More and more people are using the Leicester Drop-in Centre for Asylum Seekers and Refugees!
The Leicester City of Sanctuary drop-in centre is a hive of activity and friendship. It opened in May 2011 with…
New Board of Trustees for LCofS
At a Special General Meeting on October 2nd 2014, Leicester City of Sanctuary approved a new Board of Trustees. At the AGM in May it had been agreed that there was too much of an overlap between the Board of Trustees and the Steering Group, and the existing trustees were…
Refugee poet discovered at City of Sanctuary fundraising event.
Leicester City of Sanctuary held a successful evening of jazz poetry and song to raise funds for the hardship fund…
Poem – by a volunteer “Blue Folder”
A volunteer wrote this poem after accompanying an asylum seeker to theUKBA East Midlands Reporting Centre. We think it says so much we wanted to share it with you. Blue Folder By Lily Silverman – City of Sanctuary Volunteer