This charity operates as a member of the national network of City of Sanctuary organisations across the UK, aiming to “make the city a place of welcome and belonging for all those seeing sanctuary”. Set up initially nine years ago, the project encourages and enables sanctuary seekers to participate in local day-to-day like, and works with a range of organisations, groups and initiatives in and around Bradford to help them be more supportive, accessible and useful to sanctuary seekers.
The Foundation has made a grant of £7,000, which is contributing towards the costs of a new part-time paid post of project coordinator. With only one other part-time worker, specifically funded on the ‘Sanctuary in Schools’ project, this new role will enable the charity to grow. The aim is to better support and increase the network of groups; help more sanctuary seekers; to initiate more projects; and increase the awareness locally of refugee and asylum issues.