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.
People power, in a poem
Organisers behind a collaborative, crowd-sourced poem to mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, were thrilled to receive submissions from across Norfolk.
Going, going, gone..! Art Auction raises thousands for local refugees
So it finally happened! The long awaited Art Auction, postponed from last year, and moved from City Hall to your living room, has taken place.
Take part in poetry to fight racism
Contributors are being sought to collaborate on recording a famous poem, to mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To take part in the project, you need to read a single line of 'We Refugees' by…
Join our online Art Auction
After months of hard work behind the scenes, tickets have finally gone on sale for Norwich City of Sanctuary's inaugural Art Auction. And the catalogue, comprising 70 pieces of art donated by local artists, including Colin Self and Antony Gormley,…
Refugee charities launch crowdfunder
Our partner charities have launched a crowdfunder with an ambitious target. Please support, share and donate by following this link. They have just thirty days to raise £15,000 to enable them to continue the additional support they have been providing…
Art packs delivered to 180 Norwich refugee children
Norwich City of Sanctuary has a lively, well-supported Arts Stream. Earlier this year they asked themselves what they could do for refugee children, stuck at home without school.
Stand up for Sanctuary
As people crossing the Channel in small dinghies makes the headlines, City of Sanctuary UK is calling for action to counter the negative press.
Celebrating welcome and sanctuary during Covid 19
We, the undersigned, come together to state our shared commitment to recognising the vital role that migrants have played for centuries in the culture and economy of our city, and the great benefits they bring our city during the current…
Margaret Fingerhut’s fundraising finale
Renowned pianist, Margaret Fingerhut, has concluded a tour of Britain fundraising for City of Sanctuary. Her final concert was live streamed earlier this month and can be viewed online here.
UEA University of Sanctuary Sponsored Walk/Run
UEA University of Sanctuary initiative members will be walking/running a combined distance of over 150km on the last weekend of Refugee week, 20th & 21st June 2020, to raise money to help local sanctuary seekers stay connected during the pandemic.
Letters of thanks sent to local school
Staff at a Norfolk Primary school have been touched to receive letters of thanks from asylum seekers who have moved onto a nearby former airbase.
Free legal advice to fight discrimination
Before the lockdown started, the UEA, as a University of Sanctuary, reported a rise in the number of xenophobic incidents on campus. They were quick to denounce such acts as unacceptable and gave a clear route for students to report…