City of Sanctuary Leicester

City of Sanctuary Leicester was established in 2007 and is a part of the national City of Sanctuary network. Overall it aims to provide welcome to asylum seekers and refugees, and supports them to rebuild their lives, develop their skills, and feel part of the local community.  It employs three part-time staff who work on various aspects of the charity’s focus – providing casework and one-to-one support, and offering practical help as well as advice and guidance.  A weekly drop-in is run and generally around 150 people benefit from the charity’s work each week.

At the June 2023 meeting, Allen Lane trustees agreed funding of £8,000 over two years (£4,000 pa) towards the salary of the project officer.  This post is two days per week, and the person works to support the activities, English conversation classes, and helps with reimbursing bus tickets for the asylum seekers who participate.  Overall outcomes from the work include that participants will feel less isolated and more connected, and have increased confidence and wellbeing.