Supporting refugees &
asylum seekers locally.

People are arriving in our area in great need, having lost everything and suffered extreme trauma. We’re committed to welcoming them and helping them to survive before supporting them to integrate and thrive.

What We Do


The refugee crisis is the biggest in our time since World War II. We are taking action by:

  • Supporting newly-arrived asylum seeking families to avoid destitution. We also give these often deeply traumatised families wrap-around support and, if needed, language tuition. Once they are safe and settled, we support them with social activities to improve their wellbeing, and ensure they are ready to maximise livelihood opportunities if they are granted asylum and allowed to work.
  • Supporting refugee families (who have leave to remain and the right to work) to integrate into and contribute to their new community, find work and rebuild their lives.
  • Providing social and pastoral support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
  • Supporting individual asylum seekers to avoid destitution and help prepare them for their future, whatever that may hold.

You can donate here if you wish to help. And we're always looking for more volunteers.

Are you a refugee or asylum seeker?

If you are a refugee or asylum seeker staying in the Chichester area, we would be very happy to welcome you into our community. We hold lively drop-in sessions every week, where you can come and get to know us (including refugees, asylum seekers and others from all over the world), practice your English and connect with local people. For security reasons we don’t post the time and location of our drop-ins online, but we will gladly share them with you via email.

If you are interested in coming along, please get in touch with us at or contact us on Facebook.

We really hope to meet you soon.

Sanctuary in Chichester, registered charity no. 1181855, is part of the City of Sanctuary movement.

Covid-19 & Afghanistan crisis update

Our community managed to weather the pandemic lockdowns due many 100s of hours of remote support from dedicated volunteers; children’s video calls, digital tech delivered, food parcels, home schooling (most parents don’t speak enough English for this)… and the list goes on. Our social events and face-to-face support have been back up and running for a while, but everyone is still delighted that we can all see each other again.

…Now we are facing the latest challenge; welcoming new arrivals from Afghanistan – families on the emergency Afghan Relocation Scheme who are being placed in our area. We don’t have any storage facilities so we can’t take donated items, but if you would like to help, here’s how to volunteer your time or click below to donate much-needed funds. We will post an update on the situation on our blog soon, but at the moment our focus is ensuring we are able to give the new arrivals the support they need. Sincere apologies if you have tried to get in touch but have not yet recieved a response – we have a backlog but we do need help and we are so grateful for your offers of support. We will respond as soon as we can.


This refugee crisis is the biggest since World War II and we felt the need to take action at home…


Our Projects

Pathways to Work

Supporting refugees into work and careers: help with CVs, interview skills, getting work experience, converting qualifications and finding paid work.


Our team of befrienders and specialist English tutors provide wrap-around care for new arrivals, then support them to become independent.