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.
“Growing Communities Project”
A wonderful Sanctuary Kirklees AGM this evening
A wonderful Sanctuary Kirklees AGM this evening.Great gathering of knowledgable, skilled, enthusiastic, creative and compassionate people. Interesting project reports from…
A wonderful day today at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
A wonderful day today at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the last of our Refugee Week activities for 2019! It was…
Steering Group Tonight
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…