Sanctuary in Chichester became a registered charity (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 providing a weekly drop-in, running a football club, ‘Nations United’, in partnership with Chichester University, and giving English language support.

We have a whole range of volunteering roles including: training the football team, chatting with young people to improve their English, accompanying people on visits (for example to the dentist or doctors), promoting the need to support refugees in the media, working in schools, and getting homes ship-shape for refugee families.

Our Board of Trustees work voluntarily to ensure the day-to-day functioning of Sanctuary in Chichester.

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

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