Welcome to the Sanctuary Ambassadors Network website which is still under development.
Who are Sanctuary Ambassadors?
Sanctuary Ambassadors share and advocate City of Sanctuary’s vision that the UK will be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence, war and persecution.
People who are seeking sanctuary are at the heart of what City of Sanctuary is all about and their voices and experiences are central to shaping the work of City of Sanctuary. The Sanctuary Ambassador network is a vibrant, inclusive and creative team of advocates passionate about building a culture of welcome and encouraging others to join the movement for a fair, effective and humane asylum system.
The Sanctuary Ambassador Network is open to anyone who is seeking sanctuary here in the UK, who pledges their support to the City of Sanctuary Charter and engages with City of Sanctuary UK in a variety of ways.
Ambassadors participate in social media projects, sharing stories of seeking sanctuary through the media, or speaking out at public meetings. They also contribute by shaping how City of Sanctuary operates at the local and national level and can get involved in the Streams of Sanctuary by sitting on a Steering group and taking part in award appraisal panels.
How does City of Sanctuary support Sanctuary Ambassadors?
City of Sanctuary UK supports Sanctuary Ambassadors through creating a safe space for their voices to be heard, offering training and skills development and providing volunteering and networking opportunities. We also make sure Sanctuary Ambassadors receive practical support that ensures their involvement with City of Sanctuary comes at no cost to themselves, by covering the cost of volunteering expenses such as travel and offering mobile data. Sanctuary Ambassadors are also offered mental health support if needed.
We are also in the process of developing a new series of regional Sanctuary in Politics Courses that will help to empower new Sanctuary Ambassadors to get further involved with the work of City of Sanctuary and take a more active role in advocating for people seeking sanctuary more broadly. For more information see here.
Are you a person seeking sanctuary in the UK and want to support the work of City of Sanctuary UK?
Please email the network coordinator Megan Greenwood.
We will follow up your registration by arranging a time to chat.