Welcome to Bristol City of Sanctuary
We recognise the incredible contribution that sanctuary seekers make to Bristol. We celebrate and welcome the diversity that makes up our city, believing that it is something to be proud of.
What is City of Sanctuary?
City of Sanctuary is a national network, a movement of local groups made up by businesses, community organisations and individuals, all with one thing in common; their belief that sanctuary seekers should be welcomed, and that their contribution to society should be celebrated.
Bristol City of Sanctuary is made up of representatives of various organisations from across the city, bringing people together to create a culture of welcome.
What do we do?
Bristol was officially recognised as a City of Sanctuary in 2011, and since then we have been working hard to make sure that this title is deserved.
We work with the refugee and asylum seeking community to help ensure Bristol is a City of Sanctuary for all; that it is an inclusive and welcoming city.
We build upon the amazing work that is already being done across the city, supporting local organisations to deliver services for refugees and asylum seekers.
We work with local schools and colleges to help them become places of welcome for those seeking sanctuary.
We organise events and conferences, celebrating sanctuary within the city whilst also looking at ways to tackle the injustice that can be faced by refugees and asylum seekers.
We raise funds for our Bristol City of Sanctuary Transport Fund, which provides bus tickets for destitute asylum seekers and vulnerable refugees.
We work with local businesses, helping them to explore ways that they can harness the gifts and talents of sanctuary seekers.
What can you do?
We invite you, whether you are a business, a local organisation or an individual to pledge your support and get involved in any way that would suit you. You can also sign up to our newsletter below, and receive monthly updates on news and events happening in our City of Sanctuary.
You can volunteer your time, either with us or with other local organisations within the city.
You can donate to our Bristol City of Sanctuary Transport Fund.
For more ways to contribute to the movement, visit our Ideas for Change page.