Norwich City of Sanctuary is part of a national movement building a culture of welcome for refugees and asylum-seekers. We want to see a culture of hospitality grow in our city, particularly towards those who have lost their homes, fled persecution, and now seek safety here.
As Norwich has a long history of being a place of sanctuary to those seeking safety, we want to celebrate the contribution of refugees have made over time and to continue to extend a hand of welcome to those arriving today.
A great network of services and charities support refugees and asylum seekers in Norwich. We work with them and seek to encourage more sectors from across the city to get involved.
Our award winners’ section shows examples of organisations which have gained Sanctuary status, including the University of East Anglia, Norwich Arts Centre and the Octagon Chapel. Each has committed to the aims of City of Sanctuary and looked at how they can contribute towards supporting refugees in our community.
Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers
Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers draw on the expertise of over 2000 members to hand make items for charity. They have…
Gardens of Sanctuary project launched
Initiative to help Health and Wellbeing City of Sanctuary has developed a new stream – Gardens of Sanctuary – to support…
Join us for opening night of art exhibition
Gain a sneak preview to an art exhibition at Open
Upcoming art exhibition
REFUGEE WEEK 2019
The global refugee crisis: schools take a closer look
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO4mYKheN8M&t=2sNorfolk Welcomes’ is a day of action in June which aims to help teachers engage children in the complex issues…
Norwich Arts Centre – A Theatre of Sanctuary
Norwich Arts Centre leads the way by joining the Sanctuary movement. As part of their commitment to Norwich City of Sanctuary,…
Norfolk Museums Service gain Sanctuary award
Sell out concert features composers from refugee backgrounds
The Octagon Chapel – A Place of Sanctuary
The Octagon Chapel, situated in the heart of Colegate, is leading the Faith Stream for Norwich City of Sanctuary.
UEA – A University of Sanctuary
Norwich’s Schools of Sanctuary
Twelve local schools have been awarded Sanctuary status in Norwich and nearby villages.
UEA talk: Translation as a human right
A recent lecture at the UEA looked at issues surrounding translation as a human right. The audience were asked to consider…