H M The Queen has awarded Ellen Thompson, a Sanctuary In Chichester volunteer, the British Empire Medal ‘for services to refugees in Chichester, West Sussex particularly during Covid-19’. Ellen is a long-serving volunteer with the charity and leads on most of our work supporting children. Within a couple of weeks of lockdown beginning, Ellen had … Continue reading Sanctuary In Chichester volunteer awarded the British Empire Medal
Michael was a founding member of Sanctuary in Chichester and brought to it well over two decades of experience of work supporting refugees through what became known as Friends Without Borders in Portsmouth, which he also set up and led across that time. He was Mayor of Chichester from 2009 to 2011 – a citizen … Continue reading Michael Woolley 1944 to 2021
On their recent arrival from Afghanistan some refugee friends expressed enthusiasm for cricket. This was great news, because we’ve mooted the idea of a cricket team for some time, and had some interest from unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (thank you for the feedback foster carers!) but not enough to get started. The new arrivals meant we … Continue reading Cricket Team Pilot Project
And we’re not just talking about the football here! The team are focusing on their career development, and the deepening collaboration with the University of Chichester means that players are able to join courses and training on coaching and event management – several players were recently awarded certificates for completion of the FA Playmaker Coaching … Continue reading Nations United going from strength to strength
Meet Bec Hopkins, who has been volunteering with us as a befriender since Sanctuary was founded, and has recently launched our new women’s group. Bec is an artist and was responsible for our beautiful Welcome Wall at the Refugee Week exhibition. This may have influenced the choice of outings the women’s group has been on … Continue reading New Women’s Group
THANK YOU to all those individuals and groups who realised what a strain our services have been under the last few months and have been donating and running fundraising events for us! Boxgrove C of E Primary School ran a bake sale, Year 6 of Duncton Junior School ran a fundraiser and Fishbourne C of … Continue reading Fundraising success – a community effort!