City of Sanctuary groups, which include refugees themselves, work with non-refugee organisations, such as schools, universities, churches, and health providers to make refugees and asylum seekers feel welcome wherever they live. The numbers of asylum seekers coming to the United Kingdom varies from year to year. Legislation and policies relating to asylum seekers change frequently. Because information about asylum seekers and refugees is in a constant state of flux, you are encouraged to take a look at the City of Sanctuary website for up to date information.
Of course, if you are unsure then please contact us and we'll put you in touch with the appropriate specialist in your field.
City of Sanctuary Mental Health Resource Pack
This mental health resource pack is one of a series of resource packs developed by the City of Sanctuary movement to encourage cities and towns, organisations and individuals to understand the challenges facing refugees and asylum seekers living in their communities. This resource pack will help you understand the circumstances of refugees and asylum seekers’ lives and how these circumstances affect their emotional wellbeing. It is designed to give you a real understanding of the lives of asylum seekers and refugees. You will also find resources to further your understanding and support of refugees with mental health difficulties, along with information about how an organisation which wants to be proactive in supporting refugees can gain a Mental Health award from the City of Sanctuary.
University of Sanctuary Resource Pack
The Universities of Sanctuary stream is an initiative to recognise the good practice of universities which welcome people seeking sanctuary into their communities and seek to foster a culture of awareness and inclusivity. Being located in a ‘City of Sanctuary’ is not a prerequisite; in fact, higher education institutions can also play a role in catalysing welcome beyond their campuses and in the local community. This pack provides an overview of this particular stream and demonstrates how a university can develop as a place of welcome, how it can apply for a Sanctuary Award, and as such become an accredited University of Sanctuary. But this pack is just a starting point, and it’s important to research beyond it. The Article 26 resources offer essential guidance.
Patients not passports
The ‘Patients not Passports’ Toolkit has recently been launched by Docs Not Cops, Migrants Organise, and Medact. The Toolkit offers resources and information to support healthcare workers and people affected by charging to launch campaigns in their Trusts and in their communities. It includes resources to campaign for change to the charging policy more widely, as well as guidance to support individuals who are affected by upfront charging.
The Right to Remain Toolkit
The Right to Remain Toolkit is a guide to the UK immigration and asylum system. It gives an overview of the legal system and procedures, with detailed information on rights and options at key stages, and actions you can take in support of your claim, or to help someone else.
Coram Migrant Children's Project Resources
The Migrant Children's Project (MCP), delivered by Coram Children's Legal Centre (CCLC), promotes the rights of all refugee and migrant children, young people and families, and works to ensure that they receive the protection and support they need whether they are unaccompanied or in a family. Their resources page has up to date information and facts sheets on legal issues affecting young refugee and migrants.