Welcome to Sandwell Borough of Sanctuary!
We are a network of organisations, groups and individuals pledging to build a culture of welcome across the borough as part of the national City of Sanctuary network.
We are currently developing a Borough of Sanctuary strategy outlining how we can work towards greater inclusion and equality for refugees and asylum seekers whilst raising public awareness.
Please check out the ‘About’ section of this website, where we list the organisations helping to get Borough of Sanctuary going and our agreed Terms of Reference. If you’ve like to get involved please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
Our Charter is below, which links to our Terms of Reference:
Borough of Sanctuary Charter
Purpose of the charter
This charter describes what A City/Borough of Sanctuary is and what it does.
It will form the first section of our network’s strategy and can also be used as a stand-alone document to build internal cohesion and external profile.
We hold the vision that the UK, and specifically Sandwell will be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution.
The network will be guided and informed by commitment to the following values:-
Inclusiveness: We welcome and respect people from all backgrounds, place the highest value on diversity and are committed to equality.
Openness: We are committed to a culture of working collaboratively within the network and in partnership with others.
Those who support our vision work together with people seeking sanctuary. We value and recognise the contribution of all involved. We aspire to ensure people seeking sanctuary are fully involved in decision making processes and supported to become leaders within the Borough of Sanctuary organisation and network as well as within the wider movement.
We work with enthusiasm and positivity and are determined to surpass what has already been achieved to welcome refugees and people seeking sanctuary. We act as a catalyst for change by being open to new and innovative ideas and through sharing knowledge gained with others and working in partnership.
We aspire to high standards of honesty and behaviour, and always to act in the interests of people seeking sanctuary.
36,000 Humans Interactive Experience Launch
36000 Humans looks to honour and remember all those who have died seeking sanctuary in Europe. Since Refugee Week 2019 individuals, groups and organisations have been responding to The List of names of those who have died, creating, growing, writing…
Our virtual get-togethers
During lockdown our zoom meetings have gone from strength to strength, with people from across Sandwell Borough uniting to ensure that we strive to make Sandwell a welcoming, safe place for people seeking sanctuary.