We are a network of volunteers who are committed to making our area a welcoming place for refugees and asylum seekers.

The refugee crisis is the biggest in our time since World War II. We feel the need to take action, so we:

  • Support 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 work opportunities if they are granted asylum and allowed to work.
  • Support refugee families (who have leave to remain and the right to work) to integrate into their new community, find work and rebuild their lives.
  • Provide social and pastoral support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
  • Support 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, practise 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.