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Refugees at home

… is a national charity, with local representatives, which aims to match those with a spare room in their home with refugees or asylum seekers looking for accommodation. The group can be contacted by those who have a room or those needing accommodation. More information at


Place of Welcome 

 Please see relevant websites/facebook for further details regarding Covid-19 restrictions on opening.

Chester Cathedral: visit the Cathedral Cloister Room on Mondays 10-12am to ‘chat, connect or just enjoy a complimentary coffee. All welcome’.

Unity Centre Community Café, 17 Cupin Street, Chester, CH1 2BN:  Drinks, cakes and light bites.


English Conversation Lessons

Unity Centre, 17 Cuppin Street, Chester, CH1 2BN. 

For further details see Facebook page or contact centre directly on 01244 400730


Schools of Sanctuary

There is a rich source of information for any school wishing to become a ‘School of Sanctuary’ at:

Please also feel free to contact us.


Chester University Sanctuary Award

The University of Chester offer a Sanctuary Award to applicants seeking sanctuary. Successful recipients will receive a full tuition fee waiver that is payable in each academic year of the course. Priority is given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of the University of Chester. Additional support is developed for each student to enable them to identify and overcome barriers to achievement on their degree programme. For further information, follow this link:


Want to know more?

The following are books we would like to highlight written by people who are refugees or living in exile:

‘The Lightless Sky’ by Gulwali Passarlay – this book is a first-hand account of the experiences  of a 12yr old boy fleeing from Afghanistan, telling of  his 12,000 mile journey and the obstacles he endured to reach the UK .

‘Birds Without Sky, Poems from Exile’ by Malka al-Haddad – Malka writes from her experiences of being in exile from Iraq, her losses and need for refuge. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to 3 organisations supporting refugees and asylum seekers, including the Leicester City of Sanctuary Group.