A ‘Community of Sanctuary’

caring, shelter and sanctuary for all who live in our place

We have joined the nationwide movement ‘City of Sanctuary’, which seeks to build a strong network across the land to nurture a narrative of kindness, support and hospitality towards those seeking refuge and towards all our fellow citizens.

We hope to build on the existing good will towards those seeking sanctuary, and work further, together and in various ways, towards making Hastings and St Leonards a place of safety and welcome for all those who need refuge and support. For all refugees who arrive here we are committed to making ours a place where they may thrive and build relationships with the local communities.

Existing initiatives: the Links project, which has been helping refugees and those applying for asylum in our town for many years; Hastings Supports Refugees which sends help abroad, keeps active contact with our Parliamentary representative at home, and stands behind our ongoing schemes to expand support to those seeking refuge both in our town, and abroad; many other programmes and schemes, both council-based and voluntary.

Developing initiatives: Hastings Refugee Buddy Project, which welcomes into the community Syrian families arriving through the Syrian Resettlement Programme; Hastings Debates – a monthly series of events with international speakers including war correspondents, authors, artists, film makers; Media Programme – a series of regular contributions to local media.

You can join us here.

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