Wales is aiming to become the world’s first ‘Nation of Sanctuary’. Our vision is of a Wales in which wherever people seeking sanctuary go, they are met with welcome, understanding and celebration of their unique contribution to the rich tapestry of Welsh life.
We know that it will take action from a wide range of people and organisations, all over Wales, to make this vision a reality. We’re pleased we already have the support of Welsh Government and have started some really exciting work with universities, the health service and trade unions.
There are many successful City of Sanctuary groups across Wales carrying out amazing work in their communities. Find your local group here: List of City of Sanctuary groups | City of Sanctuary. If there is no group local to you, get in touch to find out how to set up a new group.
We are building a movement of welcome by supporting and encouraging sectors to embed solidarity, compassion and inclusion within their work.
Any individual or organisation can join or form a Stream of Sanctuary as long as they are committed to the vision and values of City of Sanctuary. Through active learning about issues faced by people in the asylum system, the promotion of an inclusive and compassionate approach and the sharing of ideas and resources, the members of the Stream work together to make welcome widespread within their sector.
If you’d like to join the movement to make Wales a Nation of Sanctuary, you might want to consider some of the ideas here or contact us at [email protected].
News from Wales: Nation of Sanctuary
News from the Nation of Sanctuary networks
‘Fair Begins Here’ in Hay Castle
note the beautiful orange heart bunting made by Virginia and the kites made by Annie
Local launch of ‘Fair Begins Here’ – new campaign by Together with Refugees . February 2024
Orange Heart poster
Sanctuary in the Senedd 2023
Sanctuary in the Senedd is an annual event which aims to bring attention to the voices of people who have…
County of Sanctuary
On July 11th 2023 Powys County Council Cabinet approved a proposal to join the City of Sanctuary local authority network…
Help us reach our target for 2023/24!
We have set up a LocalGiving appeal: Help us reach our target for 2023/24!
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…
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.…
Awards evening for Refugee week Schools Competition ‘Seeking Sanctuary ‘ and Report
Yarn bombing at St. Mary’s Church Brecon
The challenge set by Rev Anna Bessant was 'Come and join us for an Easter celebration in The Parish Church…
Sanctuary competition for local schools
Display of work on the theme of Sanctuary In St Mary’s Church
The concept of a church as a place of sanctuary has existed for centuries. Historically, people who sought refuge from…
Statement of Support for the Right to Strike
We strongly support everyone’s right to work with fair pay and decent working conditions,
Working towards becoming recognised as Schools of Sanctuary
Clyro, Hay On Wye and Llangorse Primary schools have applied to become Schools of Sanctuary and have been starting to…
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…
Stop the Rwanda Flights #FillTheSkiesWithHope
Refugees abandon their homes to escape war and persecution. They have to seek safety elsewhere. The right to do so,…
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…
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…
Stop Rwanda Deportations – Keep up the Pressure
About 150 people attended the rally in Castle Square against deportations to Rwanda