City of Sanctuary

City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of welcome and hospitality for refugees and asylum-seekers. In 2007, with the support of the City Council, Sheffield became the UK’s first ‘City of Sanctuary’ for asylum-seekers and refugees—a city that takes pride in the welcome it offers to people in need of safety.

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Testimony from City of Sanctuary

ASSIST and its supporters help to protect the humanity of some of the most marginalised people in society.  By attending to the mental and physical needs of those who've initially been refused protection, ASSIST helps to rebuild their self esteem and well-being.  That is why, with ASSIST support, many go on to submit successful applications and become useful and contributing members of society.


The Sanctuary, 37-39 Chapel Walk, Sheffield S1 2PD

Phone Number: 
0114 221 1845
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