Come and take part in planning our strategy for making ‘Sheffield – City aSanctuary’ a reality. Have your say in choosing our city’s goals andpriorities for welcoming and including asylum-seekers and refugees.

On Thursday 7th Feb 2008, 1.30-4pm at Sheffield University, ICOSS building, 219 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP. Please contact us to book your place, as numbers are limited. Asylum-seekers and refugees are especially welcome, travel expenses can be paid (please contact us to arrange this in advance).

———— CITY OF SANCTUARY GOES NATIONAL————

City of Sanctuary is teaming up with the Refugee Council, the UK’s largest refugee organisation, to support local groups throughout the UK in developing their own Cities of Sanctuary. We have also received funding from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to support this work.

There is already a City of Sanctuary working group in Leicester, and people working to set one up in Leeds, and in 2008 we aim to see a growing national City of Sanctuary movementthat can start to influence policy-makers and public attitudes throughout thecountry.

———— NEW WEBSITE ————

We have a new national website, will be a resource for all local City ofSanctuary groups to publicise and share news and ideas. It is still at the original address of

but now includes sections for eachcity, as well as discussion forums and blogging facility. We are looking for asylum-seekers and refugees, or those who befriend and support them who would like to publish their views and experiences on a City of Sanctuary blog. Please contact us if you are interested in this, or visit our drop-in blogging and Web skills session at Access Space, 1 Sidney St, S1 4RG, on Wednesdays between 11am-5pm.