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.
Thetford: a Town of Sanctuary
A group of people of Thetford were so inspired by a talk about City of Sanctuary that they decided to set about turning their town into a ‘Town of Sanctuary.’ They wish Thetford to be an open and welcoming town…
A day in the life of a Bridge Plus volunteer
Another busy day at the Bridge Plus Office…
Photo gallery: Norwich City of Sanctuary’s Annual Celebration
This February, Norwich City of Sanctuary celebrated its three year anniversary with a sell out event at Norwich Arts Centre. Over two hundred people packed into the theatre for an evening of music, drama, film and speeches from those who’ve…
Norwich’s latest Theatre of Sanctuary
Norwich Theatre has become the latest organisation in the city to be accredited as a ‘Theatre of Sanctuary.’ The theatre has been working hard over the past year to meet the criteria that show that they are committed to supporting…
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 be run to support businesses prosper in the city, through a new Home Office-funded pilot scheme. It’s being lead by…
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 Place on Magdalen Street. Here a small team of staff (Béatrice, Jo, Judy and Manuel) work endlessly,…
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 teaming up to take advantage of the generosity of the Bishop of Norwich in opening his wonderful gardens to charities…
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 refugee and asylum seekers and explore issues relating to these groups. There was some fantastic engagement from the students who…
Film: The Refuge Project
A film shot in Greece at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis has been screened in Norwich. It gives moving first hand accounts from the men and women who fled their homes to escape the civil war.
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 during Refugee Week 2019.
Documentary: A patchwork of ‘Strangers’