Welcome to Cardiff City of Sanctuary
City of Sanctuary is a national movement of city groups where local people, organisations and their communities work together to make their cities safe and welcoming to people seeking sanctuary from war and other forms persecution.
Cardiff was officially recognised as a ‘City of Sanctuary’ on the 5th June 2014, making it the seventh UK city to achieve this award. The city demonstrated that it was a city that recognises the importance of sanctuary and welcomes all who needed it.
“One of the real strengths we saw during our visit was the synergy between the core organisations working together to bring about a culture of welcome and inclusion.” – Jonathan Ellis of the Appraisal Team
As a City of Sanctuary, Cardiff aims to ensure that:
- people’s culture, skills and differences are accepted as a positive complement to Cardiff as a city.
- there is a shared commitment and a service infrastructure that facilitates an environment of sanctuary.
- there is a culture of welcome that creates relationships, community cohesion and inclusion.
The Cardiff City of Sanctuary networking group invites all organisations, local groups and individuals to join us and help make Cardiff proud to be a place of safety. Cardiff City of Sanctuary supporters includes community centres, charities, faith groups, social clubs, schools, local services and businesses, as well as refugee organisations and volunteers. Supporting organisations pledge to welcome and include people seeking sanctuary in their activities.
For more about the City of Sanctuary movement go to www.cityofsanctuary.org
Where To Belong – New Play at Chapter Arts 23 September
This new play highlights the challenges refugees encounter in finding a home in the world. It's on Thursday 23 September at the Seligman Theatre at the Chapter Arts Centre.
The Welsh Refugee Coalition has published this statement about the arrivals in the UK and what you can do.
Finding your way as a new Asylum Seeker – Asylum Guides service launched in Cardiff
Are you seeking Asylum? Do you want to know more about the asylum system and the legal process?
Community Connectors – connecting people to community support
Mind Cardiff have launched a new project to help people access local community groups and services who can address their well-being needs.
Imagine – what does it feel to leave behind everything that is dear and important to you…..
Ever wondered what it feels like to have to leave your country, community, family and friends and build a new life as part of the community in Wales – or what might help to make a success of it?
Sherman Theatre – Wales’ First Theatre of Sanctuary
The Sherman Theatre in Cardiff became Wales’ first Theatre of Sanctuary in November 2019.
Speaking Freely – Come and hear Asia Bibi’s lawyer speak on Religious Freedom, 26 January
Saif ul Malook, who saved the Christian woman, Asia Bibi, from death row in Pakistan is speaking on #ReligiousFreedom 4.00pm Sunday 26 January 2020 at St Edmund's Church Crickhowell.
General Election Resources and Briefing
If you want to contact your candidates for Parliament, here are some resources that you may find especially helpful.
Networking Meeting 4 December 2-3:30pm, Sherman Theatre Cardiff
Come to our next networking event on 4 December on the theme of reaching out.
Home4U take to the streets all night for their annual fundraiser
On 22 November 2019 Home4U Cardiff will run their 11th Annual Sleep-Out. Members of the Home4U team will brave the elements overnight to raise awareness of homelessness amongst Asylum Seekers and raise vital funds.
Birth Partner Project
Cardiff's Birth Partner Project gives women access to birth partner support during pregnancy, birth and the first weeks with their new-born baby. It provides the following for women without a birth partner who cannot pay for a Doula:
Cardiff City of Sanctuary Open Meeting of Steering Group 25 October 2019
If you are interested in contributing to our Steering Group we're holding an open meeting on Friday 25 October at 1-2pm in the National Museum of Wales.