Give Peace a Chance! – Benefit concert, featuring Ukrainian Volya choir

The Give Peace a Chance! concert held in The Assembly Room on 24th Februrary (to mark a year on from the Russian invasion of Ukraine) was “joyous!”, reports our Trustee and Drop-in Lead, Jude Clouston. The concert was held to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees living locally. The room was packed and the Mayor of … Continue reading Give Peace a Chance! – Benefit concert, featuring Ukrainian Volya choir

New English support sessions for driving tests

Not being able to drive is a significant barrier to gaining employment (and general independence) in our local area, because the public transport network doesn’t often provide the routes people need. We have therefore long been asked by refugees for support in getting their driving licence, whether it’s with English for driving terminology, volunteers providing … Continue reading New English support sessions for driving tests

New schools liaison project

We’re developing a project to support children, parents and schools with the challenges faced by refugee and asylum-seeking children in their education (including those who arrive here alone). Children usually learn English faster than their parents, so they are unable to get support with homework from their families, and our volunteers have been helping out … Continue reading New schools liaison project

Staff changes

Thanks to our new funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, we are delighted to welcome Kerry Foster to our team, as Pathways to Independence Manager. Kerry will be supporting our beneficiaries in their journeys towards independence through goal-setting, personal development and helping them to overcome any barriers that may prevent them achieving their goals. … Continue reading Staff changes

How Not to Drown – theatre fundraiser

ThickSkin theatre company will be performing their ‘How Not to Drown’ production at Chichester Festival Theatre, 14th – 18th February, as part of a nationwide tour. Abi Beaven of ThickSkin said, “We identified Sanctuary in Chichester as a charity that we believe to have a strong connection to the production, particularly with relation to the … Continue reading How Not to Drown – theatre fundraiser

From Adversity to University

Congratulations to the latest cohort of four students who graduated the From Adversity to University access course at the University of Chichester! This means they can either take degree courses at the University of Chichester or the University of Sussex, or use their new qualification and skills to access other work or education opportunities. We … Continue reading From Adversity to University