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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

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