Sanctuary in Chichester – part of the wider City of Sanctuary movement – became a registered charity in its own right (no. 1181855) in February 2019.

We launched just over three years earlier, after a group of people from West Sussex felt impelled to respond to the refugee crisis. This crisis is the biggest since World War II and we felt the need to take action at home.

We offer a range of support activities for asylum seekers and refugees, including a lively weekly drop-in, befriending, English tutoring, homework club for kids, the Pathways to Work project, outings, schools outreach and United Nations football club for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in partnership with the University of Chichester.

Our dedicated Board of Trustees work unpaid to ensure the day-to-day functioning of Sanctuary in Chichester, supported by a big team of wonderful volunteers and managed by our fabulous Chair Tony Toynton.

We welcome any newcomers who wish to join us and strengthen the bonds between like-minded people locally. Let’s make West Sussex a welcoming and supportive place for everyone.