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.

Coronavirus/ COVID 19 Update

Our superstar volunteers are working hard 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, social chats and mental health support, all via video calls. The children are having weekly group video calls, when they share with each other what they’ve been up to and things they’ve seen, made or written, and tablets were provided for the families who didn’t have any kind of computer. Volunteers are also supporting each other with regular calls and messages, and we – Sanctuary in Chichester and those we support – are all very grateful for our lovely community.


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.