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

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: open Monday 12-3pm, Tuesday 10-12pm and Friday 11.30-1pm. Drinks, cakes and light bites.


English Conversation Lessons

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

Monday 1-2.30pm and Friday 10-11.30am. Term time only.


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.

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 loss and need for refuge. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to 3 organisations supporting refugees and asylum seekers, including theLeicester City of Sanctuary Group.



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