Who We Are
Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary is a collection of volunteer members with the following shared aims:
- To help provide a welcoming place of safety for people fleeing violence and persecution, building a culture of hospitality and inclusiveness within the city.
- Raising funds to relieve poverty; giving grants to individuals in need and providing welcome packs for all new arrivals.
- Working with partner organisations to support English lessons; providing bikes and social activities to promote health and well-being.
- Working with councils, politicians, schools, agencies and local authorities to raise awareness of the issues faced by those seeking sanctuary, and facilitating the exchange of information with the general public through the CoS website and Facebook page.
We are made up of a number of individual volunteers as well as various organisations who support and facilitate our work.
- RAIS Lancaster (Refugee Advocacy, Information and Support)
- Global Link
- East Meets West
- Lancaster Churches Together
- Lancaster Quakers
- Lancaster and Morecambe College
- St Thomas Church
- The Tara Centre
- The Sewing Circle
- Red Rose Refugees
- Claver Hill Community Garden
- Bikes for Lancaster
- Global Village Cafe
Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary
URGENT APPEAL – Family Learning Project
URGENT APPEAL to fund Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary Family Learning Project; providing activity packs for families and tutor expenses incl online platform subscription.
ESOL classes with a difference for Lancaster asylum seekers and refugees during lockdown
One year ago we had two ESOL classes in Lancaster which met on a Friday afternoon for two hours each and were taught by two ESOL volunteer tutors. We supplemented the local Lancaster and Morecambe College classes that were running…
Global Link continues to offer help
Because of Coronavirus most support services, including education, English, advice and information, and Lunch Drop-ins and meetings have been temporarily suspended.
Help and Advice
If you need help or advice please text or call: 07731 552259 Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 2 pm
Margaret Fingerhut’s finale concert “Let us be Together” live-streamed on Facebook on 5th June at 8pm
Margaret Fingerhut will be playing a finale concert “Let us be Together” of her amazing fundraising effort for the City of Sanctuary network on Friday 5th June 2020 at 8 pm – 9:15 pm. The concert will be live-streamed on…
A County of Refuge: Refugees in Cumbria 1933-1941
This book about refugees in Cumbria at the beginning of the second world war has just been published. Not only is it fascinating, but it also provides contrasts and comparisons with our present day situation. The author Rob David is…
ESOL report Spring 2020
City of Sanctuary ESOL report March 2020
New book showcasing Syrian food, families and culture
Four women from Lancaster are part of a group of 100 refugees across Lancashire who have spent one year creating a recipe book showcasing Syrian food, families and culture. Rima Al Rassas, Amina Al Hassan, Batoul Einja and Ibtisam Hadifeh…
New website launched – RefugeeHome
Global Link have launched a new website Refugeehome.uk, created BY refugees, ABOUT refugees and FOR refugees.
Bike Project in Lancaster still fixing punctures
Bike maintenance workshops have stopped and Bikes for Lancaster have stopped handing out bikes - but puncture repairs are still being carried out (observing social distancing rules). Bikes are a real asset during lock down. Many thanks to the bikes…
Do you want to learn how to make face masks?
Check out this video from Global Link - learn an easy way to make a face mask with Victoria from Sewing Circle. To see more video tutorials, click here.