Manchester City of Sanctuary: Building a Network of Welcome


About us

Our mission in Manchester is to help spread the City of Sanctuary network to Manchester making  it united in being a welcoming city, open and fair for all. After all, we are a city built my migrants. We want to  create a more inclusive and welcoming city to those seeking sanctuary who bring skills,  enterprise, music,  food and hard work to enrich our city. We run monthly conversation clubs and  meals as well as  offering practical projects and signposting services. You can find more about us here.

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

The aims of our charity are as so:

  1. To advance the education of the public about issues relating to refugees and people seeking asylum or sanctuary.
  2. To promote health and well-being in Manchester among sanctuary seekers.
  3. To provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupations in the interests of social welfare to improve the conditions of life of people in need.
  4. To provide training to those people who have need of it for their benefit including refugees, people seeking sanctuary, and people refused asylum in the UK.
  5. The promotion of equality and diversity by promoting activities to create understanding and engagement between people from diverse backgrounds

Follow us on Twitter: @ManchesterCoS  or like our Facebook page for the latest news.

How can you get involved?

Do you have an idea about how you can make Manchester a more welcoming place? You can make a pledge of support as an individual or an organisation. If you’re in need of a bit of inspiration about how you can help visit our pledges page here.

Click here to tell us your pledge or to find out how other people and businesses are supporting us.

Come to one of our events

If you work with refugees or asylum seekers you can help promote our conversation club. This is a great opportunity for sanctuary seekers to get out and see some friendly faces. If you’re interested in finding out more about what City of Sanctuary are doing in Manchester you can come along to our conversation club to meet everyone and find out more. If you can help promote our events join our mailing list here

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

This is what our members have to say about our regular conversation club:

“I come to conversation club to make friends and because of the solidarity”
“I want to meet new friends and improve my English”
“I get information and advice from other people in my situation”


Having just received Charity Status we’re looking forward to expanding our welcome and ability to welcome others. Could you help us with a one off or monthly donation? A small amount goes a long way. Just £8 provides two social events and a food parcel for one Sanctuary Seeker a month. Click here to Donate.

Latest News

Have you seen our ‘Everything you need to know‘ guide for being a Sanctuary Seeker in Manchester, written for Sanctuary Seekers BY sanctuary seekers. We’re quite excited about it.

Read all our news.