Organisations and voluntary Groups
For information about services and organisation working with those seeking sanctuary locally, see the Councils webpage outlining this: https://www.livewell.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/Information/boroughofsanctuary
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 https://www.refugeesathome.org
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 coffee. All welcome’.
- Unity Centre Community Café, 17 Cupin Street, Chester, CH1 2BN: Drinks, cakes and light bites.
- Wesley Church Centre: ‘Chester Welcomes Ukraine’ Saturday 2-4pm.
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:
Accessing Medical Care for those Seeking Asylum
Often those seeking sanctuary in the UK may not know what medical care they can access and how the NHS works. The following is a link, taken from The Quaker Asylum Refugee Network, on how to access care. The leaflet is produced in English and some other languages.
‘Just Ask’ is a helpline and support service for the LGBTQ+ community. Anyone who would like contact is welcome at the Rainbow Tea Rooms cafe and community space or can contact the group via:
Email [email protected]
Call / Text / Whatsapp 07718 066684
Call 01244 257 602
Want to know more?
See our ‘Refugee Week’ news posts for lists of books and other information and also our other pages and the National City of sanctuary website.