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Manchester City of Sanctuary: Building a Network of Welcome

     People who seek sanctuary, fleeing war & persecution, are looking for safety, welcome and friendship.

Manchester can be that place – a city of sanctuary.

Our vision is for every person seeking sanctuary to feel part of a supportive community that understands and welcomes them.  

Our mission is to make Manchester a welcoming place for refugees and asylum seekers.

Our values are:

  • Connection: valuing the power of personal connection as a way of understanding and promoting empathy
  • Acceptance: seeing people are they are, without question and without judgement
  • Collaboration: working together to create deeper and lasting impact across the sector and with public bodies
  • Empowerment: working towards sanctuary seekers becoming protagonists of their own futures
  • Dignity: recognising the humanity of all people

Our approach: 

We bring together refugees, asylum seekers and local Mancunians for shared understanding, fun, friendship and wellbeing: 

  • Connecting Sanctuary Seekers with Manchester locals through fun and friendship-building events such as social events and coffee mornings.
  • Helping Sanctuary Seekers to stay active with accessible physical activities such as yoga classes and cycle training.  
  • Providing social opportunities and training to learn about each other and learn new skills.
  • Enabling Sanctuary Seekers to volunteer with us and with other organisations.
  • Creating safe spaces for Sanctuary Seekers to share and reflect on their experiences. 
  • Supporting Sanctuary Seekers to get to know Manchester.
  • Supporting local organisations to be better able to understand and support Sanctuary Seekers.

Manchester City of Sanctuary has charity status: Ref number 1168839. If you would like to donate to us you can donate here or sign up to our newsletter here.

Follow us on Twitter: @ManchesterCoS and Instagram: @mcrcityofsanctuary or like our Facebook page.

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Our Next Event

To see what events are coming up you can visit our events page here.

Our Handbook

Have you seen our handbook for Sanctuary Seekers in Manchester, written for Sanctuary Seekers BY sanctuary seekers. Download it here.


Could you help us with a one off or monthly donation? A small amount goes a long way. Just £10 enable a Sanctuary Seeker to attend two social sessions. Donate here.