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.

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

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, 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 sanctuaryinchichester@gmail.com 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.

Coronavirus/ COVID 19 Update

Our superstar volunteers are rallying round to ensure the refugees and asylum seekers we support don’t feel abandoned or become more ilsolated now that we can’t visit or run drop-ins. We’re providing school work support for children, English lessons for everyone who needs them and social chats, all via video calls.

We have an urgent funding request: 5 families do not have laptops. This makes lessons entirely over WhatsApp almost impossible when the student doesn’t speak much/ any English and relies on Google Translate to have conversations. It also makes helping children with school work very difficult, and this support is vital when parents don’t speak English. So, we need to raise £2000 to buy 5 basic laptops very quickly! Can you help?

DONATE FOR LAPTOPS

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

ABOUT US

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.

Befriending

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