Getting Involved

English Lessons

We are planning a four week summer programme while the LMC is closed for the summer vacation and we are looking for ESOL trained teachers to teach small groups between Monday 16th July 2018 and Friday 24th August 2018. It would be either Monday, Wednesday or Friday afternoon between 2 and 3 or 3 and 4 pm. Please get in touch with Dorothea who organises the volunteer classes: [email protected].


We welcome local people to come along on a one-off or regular basis to
social events or to Global Link’s drop-in at the YMCA 12-2 every Tuesday to simply offer friendship and support to local refugees – this can make such a positive difference to the lives of people who have been through very difficult times. Email Gisela Reynolds for more information. We appreciate offers of help to prepare food, wash up or clear up on a one-off or regular basis.

If you have an event or activity you think asylum seekers would be interested in, i.e. sport, music, food, walks, etc., then please text the details to 07825222476 (this is our ‘social news phone’ and your event will then be forwarded on to all local asylum seekers). You can also email City of Sanctuary if you would like to discuss your event.

House Volunteers

Lancaster and Morecambe Asylum Seeker and Refugee Support (LMARS), part of Marsh Community Center, coordinate the incredible work of their regular house volunteers. The more demanding but extremely valuable and rewarding role of a house volunteer requires a commitment of approximately 4 hours per week plus occasional visits to Manchester, Liverpool, Chorley or Carlisle – about once a month. You will need good communication and organisational skills. A car is useful but not essential. A DBS check is required.

The role involves:

  • Initial visit to welcome new refugees, help them settle into the house, provide welcome booklet and information.
  • Tour of key venues in Lancaster: supermarket, hospital, English classes etc.
  • Help with paperwork re. asylum process.
  • Help to register with GPs and dentists.
  • Help with day-to-day living, e.g. sorting out bills, attending medical appointments, legal visits.

For more information, or to get involved and volunteer, please contact [email protected].



We are always looking for Arabic, Kurdish Sorani and Farsi speakers. Please email City of Sanctuary who will then be able to help identify how you can be most helpful.



City of Sanctuary welcome all donations large and small by bank transfer, cheque or cash. Others choose to donate by regular standing order. Donations go towards welcome pack contents; delivering integration activities and events; English lesson resources and supporting asylum seekers and refugees to access legal support and health care.

Transfers can be made to:
Sort code: 16-52-21
Account No: 53994921

You can of course donate cash at any of our events. Please make cheques payable to Lancaster & Morecambe City of Sanctuary and either give to a member of the steering group at an event or drop of at Lancaster & Morecambe Asylum Seeker and Refugee Support (LMARS) at Marsh Community Center.

We would encourage everyone to also support the local organisations in Lancaster offering drop ins and support: LMARS and Global Link are both registered charities.

Bicycles and cycling equipment

Equipment such as locks, bicycle pumps, lights and helmets are extremely useful as travel costs often stop asylum seekers and refugees accessing activities. If you have a bike that you would like us to collect then please email City of Sanctuary

Household equipment, furniture and utensils

We currently do not need any household donations as asylum seekers are placed in houses that have everything they need provided. However, as individuals are given leave to remain they then find themselves needing to build a whole new life. As and when this happens we will put a call out for such donations through our newsletter and social media.


We are supporting mostly men at the moment and therefore would welcome: Warm winter coats and waterproof jackets. They are also keen to exercise for free so any walking boots or sports equipment is much appreciated! We do not presently need baby clothes or women’s clothes but we may want these in the future. When we do have more families arriving we will be working very closely with East Meets West.


Global Link deliver a fantastic drop in every Tuesday afternoon. Each week they provide a warm, traditional meal for anyone who attends. They would therefore welcome fresh or frozen food, tinned tomatoes, oil, dried pulses and spices. Email Gisela Reynolds to arrange.


Do you have skills and experience in writing funding bids or organising fundraising events and activities? We welcome assistance on a one-off or regular basis. To volunteer please email Joe Bourne from City of Sanctuary.