Sanctuary Kirklees is part of the national City of Sanctuary movement aiming to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK.
Our goal is to create a network of groups and organisations throughout Kirklees which are proud to be places of safety for people seeking sanctuary and helping them integrate into their local communities.
Sanctuary Kirklees helps create a welcome for people whose lives are in danger in their own countries.
It is a place where:
- the skills and cultures of people seeking sanctuary are valued, where they are included in local communities and able to contribute to the life of the city.
- community groups, local government, media, business, schools and colleges have a shared commitment to offering sanctuary, so that it is seen as part of the city’s identity by local people.
- people seeking sanctuary can easily build relationships with local people as neighbours, friends and colleagues.
Through these relationships, local people can come to understand the injustices refugees face, and become motivated to support and defend them.
Kirklees has a long tradition of giving a warm welcome to people from many nationalities and backgrounds. Over recent years the town has offered a home to people who have lost their homes and families and we wish to celebrate the welcoming attitudes of Kirklees people and organisations.
Our aim is to encourage the creation of a network of towns and villages throughout Kirklees which are proud to be places of safety, and which include people seeking sanctuary fully in the life of their communities.
How you can help
Are you part of a group or organisation who would support City of Sanctuary by signing the resolution of support? City of Sanctuary support can include community centres, charities, social clubs, schools, local services and businesses, as well as refugee organizations and volunteers. Supporting organisations promise to welcome and include people seeking sanctuary in their activities.
There are many ways to include sanctuary seekers in your activities and you can find plenty of action ideas in the resources pages above.
Sanctuary Kirklees is very grateful for financial support from Kirklees Council, Arts Council England and many individual donations.
Annual General Meeting 1st December
It’s our AGM on Thursday 1st December at Huddersfield Town Hall 6.30 – 8.30pm – all welcome!
World Party 8 October 2016
We had another fantastic World Party again this year – huge thanks to all who came and who took part!
Walk For Home
Saturday, 30 May 2015 – 10:00am – 1:30pm We have a group setting off from Victoria Park in Low Moor in Bradford at 10am which will also include representatives of Bradford City of Sanctuary. They will follow the Spen Valley Greenway to Ravensthorpe. The Huddersfield team will depart from Huddersfield train…
Kirklees Council became the 8th Council to pass a motion against destitution
Kirklees Council has become the 8th Council to pass a motion against destitution and joins Oxford, Bristol, Liverpool and Bradford as members of the Still Human Still Here coalition!
Huddersfield group at the National Conference
Three people travelled from Huddersfield to Manchester for the National Conference on Saturday 19th January. Fatou Sallah, an asylum seeker herself, described her work to support pregnant asylum seekers and new mums with children up to the age of two. She has been training for six months to become a…
The Third Winter Warmer will be happening on Christmas Day, December 25th, at the Quaker Meeting House, Church Street, Paddock 12 to 3pm food and all-age games Details: Jan Walters [email protected] All Welcome!
Come DIne with Me Film
This week saw the premiere of the Kirklees ‘Come Dine with Us film’ at Huddersfield Methodist Mission. This project brought together asylum seekers, community organisations and individuals over a series of pop up dining experiences in 2011. Many volunteers were involved in this project including Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary, Huddersfield…
Autumn Gathering and AGM
The Autumn Gathering and AGM was a great opportunity to look back at a busy year for us at Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary and to look forward to the next year. There have been a number of new organisations joining over the past year so that now we have a…
2nd International Ceilidh
Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary Second Annual INTERNATIONAL CEILIDH.
ASSURE HUDDERSFIELD Asylum Seekers Support and Response c/o The Methodist Mission, Lord Street, Huddersfield HD1 1QA
AUTUMN GATHERING for Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary
‘Huddersfield is an enriched community, a more vibrant, and a better place because of the sanctuary seekers and refugees who live here’said Bill Dennis manager of Kirklees Asylum Support Service at the Autumn Gathering and AGM of Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary, held on 8th October.
Greenhead College becomes our 60th supporting organisation
We are very pleased that Greenhead College has become our 60th supporting organisation. This follows on from the hugely successful ‘International Ceilidh’ held there recently.