Who We Are

Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary is a collection of volunteer members with the following shared aims:

  • Helping to make it practically possible for Lancaster and Morecambe to accommodate refugees and asylum seekers by providing the relevant support such as housing, health, befriending and English lessons.
  • Acting as a welcome and support network to those refugees who come to Lancaster and Morecambe.
  • Running education activities that educate and inform people about refugees and promote community cohesion.
  • Campaigning to ensure Lancaster and Morecambe does its fair share in providing sanctuary to people fleeing war and persecution.


We are made up of a number of individual volunteers as well as various organisations who support and facilitate our work.


Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary
Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary
We're going to be running community organising training for ESOL students online!
The course is free and is part of training we deliver in liaison with Community Organisers Ltd.

Students can sign up by emailing Adela: adela@efalondon.org
Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary
Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary
The new website for the Lancaster District Emergency Food Team is now live at lancasterdistrictcovid19.org.uk.

A joint partnership between the city council and Morecambe Bay Foodbank, its aim is to help vulnerable people who need emergency food.

If you’re in need of emergency food you can use the website to find the contact details of people and organisations who can refer you.

It can also be used by organisations, such as charities, churches, councillors, and health organisations, to sign up to become referring agencies.

Since launching the partnership has already seen 110 food parcels being delivered to vulnerable residents.
Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary
Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary
We know things are a bit weird right now. We've had to cancel or postpone a lot of the events where we might get to meet you, but we know that loads of you still want to learn about Lancaster and hope to join us to study.

With that in mind, we've done our best to move things online with a series of webinars to help you find out more about Lancaster and why it might be the place for you.

📣 Student Life and Accommodation
📅Monday 30 March 2020,
⏲️12:00pm to 1:00pm

📣 Why Lancaster
📅Tuesday 31 March 2020
⏲️4:00pm to 5:00pm

💻 https://fal.cn/37gt3

Or take a look at all of our upcoming events here 👉https://fal.cn/37gt1
Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary
Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary
We’ve helped to retrain refugee health professionals for many years and know what a great contribution they can make to the NHS.

Did you know that since 2009 our Building Bridges project has supported an amazing 595 refugee healthcare professionals to restart their careers in the UK?

This includes an impressive 372 doctors, 69 dentists, 83 nurses, 42 pharmacists, 25 biomedical scientists and 4 physiotherapists!

The UK urgently needs more health professionals to meet growing demand, and refugee health professionals have so much to offer. Retraining a refugee doctor to work in the NHS costs 88% less than training a new doctor for a year.

There was some media coverage this week of the call for the fast track registration of refugee doctors into the NHS.

Read about it here >>


The return to practicing can be a long and complex journey, which makes the support offered by our project so important.

To find out more about our Building Bridges project read here >> https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/latest/case-studies/malukos-story/
Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary
Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary
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Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary, established September 2015.

Registered charity number:  1181282