The Sanctuary is a project that provides a welcome and support for refugees and asylum seekers in Newport. Our aim is to restore a sense of belonging and community to people who have fled from war and persecution in their homelands and are seeking safety in the UK. Relationships are at the heart of the project, and we always focus on the individual people, not projects.
In addition to befriending and emotional support, The Sanctuary offers practical support to refugees and asylum seeker communities in Newport through a wide range of advocacy initiatives. We support asylum seekers and refugees in accessing mainstream services, help develop and utilise skills through volunteering, promote inclusion and emotional wellbeing through social activities and reduce social exclusion by developing English language skills.
The Sanctuary runs a range of activities throughout the week. There are English classes for men and women as well as drop-in services offering help in accessing other services and advocacy. There is also a Mums and Toddlers group, a Games Night for men and an after-school Youth Club, which provides a safe space for unaccompanied minors to socialise with local young people and access appropriate support.
The Sanctuary also provides a weekly meal as part of a drop-in café open to both men and women, and we organise a number of other occasional social events and opportunities for asylum seekers and refugees throughout the year, including trips to other parts of Wales, often in partnership with other organisations that support refugees and asylum seekers. Our activities are open to people of all faiths (and none) and we are pleased to welcome participants from all around the world, from many different cultures and backgrounds.
We work in partnership with other agencies such as Oxfam, Tearfund, Seedbed Christian Community Trust, the Welsh Refugee Council, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Newport City Council and the British Red Cross.