Sheffield is a City of Sanctuary for asylum seekers and refugees

A new resource for asylum seekers and refugees has just opened in the city centre. The Sanctuary is a place where people can come for help and advice, have a hot drink, use a computer, or just hang out with friends.

It is managed by City of Sanctuary Sheffield, whose volunteers are on hand to listen to people’s problems and signpost them to appropriate help and advice. In time there will also be ESOL classes, art and craft sessions, mental and general health support, as well as advice for people who have just gained refugee status, and much more.

The Sanctuary is at 37-39 Chapel Walk, S1 2PD, and is currently open Monday-Thursday, 10am-4pm. Watch City of Sanctuary Sheffield’s website for further developments:

Also new is the Asylum Journey, an online searchable database which shows the services and resources available for asylum seekers and refugees in Sheffield.

It is designed to help people who are working (or volunteering) with refugees and asylum seekers at all stages of the asylum process, so that they can give accurate and up-to-date information about what is available.

It covers all kinds of things from English classes, to legal advice, food banks and homeless shelters, to finding a home and a job once someone has leave to remain.

The Asylum Journey was developed and is kept up to date by volunteers from Sheffield’s tech community, the ‘sheffugees,’ together with volunteers from local organisations working with asylum seekers and refugees such as City of Sanctuary Sheffield and ASSIST.

Michele from the New Beginnings Project at Voluntary Action Sheffield says: “It’s brilliant. We use it all the time.”

You can see it for yourself at – or just google Asylum Journey Sheffield. Give it a try!

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