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Our vision

Our vision is that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution.

We aim to achieve this by:

  • Enabling individuals and organisations to support refugees and asylum seekers to settle and integrate with the local community.
  • Celebrating the contribution of refugees and asylum seekers to our local community, and to the UK.
  • Advocating for policies that have a positive impact on the lives of refugees and asylum seekers.

Our promise

We promise to welcome you to our home by the sea,
To open hearts warm and wide when you need sanctuary.

We will be respectful, inclusive and kind,
To listen, to learn and keep an open mind.

We promise to welcome you to your home by the sea,
To value your place in our community.

Spread our arms open and offer a hand,
Speak out and be there for you in your home by the sand.

Lean on our shoulder in the times that you need.
We’ll be your friend in our home by the sea.

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City of Sanctuary - a short introduction

City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Our goal is to create a network of towns and cities throughout the country which are proud to be places of safety for people seeking sanctuary and helping them integrate into their local communities.Through creating a national network of Cities of Sanctuary, we aim to demonstrate the desire of people of goodwill throughout the country for a more just and humane approach to people seeking sanctuary in this country.

Posted by City of Sanctuary on Tuesday, 10 May 2016