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 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.
Refugee entrepreneurs given kick start
Budding entrepreneurs from a refugee background are to be given help to get their businesses started. From January, workshops will…
Focus on one of our partners: Bridge Plus+
The Bridge Plus+ is an advice centre for refugees and migrants settled in Norwich. We have our office in Sackville…
Hundreds visit Bishop’s Garden during Refugee Week
This event was a joint project for Refugee Week with City of Sanctuary, Freedom from Torture (FfT) and Norwich Amnesty…
Hellesdon High School Becomes School of Sanctuary
On the 20th of June, Hellesdon High School celebrated World Refugee Day with a series of assemblies designed to celebrate…
Film: The Refuge Project
A film shot in Greece at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis has been screened in Norwich. It gives…
Film: Calais Children. A Case to Answer
Free writing workshops explore displacement, welcome and refuge
A passion for bringing people together and sharing stories led two local writers to offer the workshops to the public…
Documentary: A patchwork of ‘Strangers’
Tapestry tells story of welcome
A large-scale wall-hanging made by Norwich school children and local refugees will be exhibited across the city during Refugee Week.…
Packed week of events unveiled for Refugee Week
Join us for a host of events taking place across Norwich during Refugee Week. View films telling the stories of…
Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers gain award
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…