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The aim of the Sanctuary in Politics course is

  • to educate people seeking sanctuary in the UK about its political system and history;
  • to empower people with lived experience to work with the media, and get involved with public speaking, awareness raising and advocacy;
  • to ensure that the voices of people directly affected by sanctuary issues are heard by the media, the public and policy-makers..

Using a series of presentations, interactive teaching sessions, facilitated discussions, assignments and placements, this course helps equip a new generation of refugee and migrant leaders to reach their full potential in a diverse, outward-looking 21st century UK.

The diversity of the students’ backgrounds also means that students have a unique opportunity to build friendships with other minority groups previously unknown to them. The ultimate aim is for a new generation of ‘Sanctuary Ambassadors’ to be empowered and equipped to bring the voice of people who seekeing sanctuary into mainstream society.

The training covers:

  • Public speaking, confidence, and storytelling skills,
  • An introduction to the UK political system and ways of political engagement,
  • Campaigning and advocacy techniques,
  • Working with the media to promote stories of Sanctuary.

Sanctuary Ambassadors will be invited to join the next course when it becomes available. There will also be a link here to a new website on Sanctuary in Politics which is still under development.

Previous course were held at Preston College in the North West, St Aiden’s College, Durham in the North East and in Bristol for the South West and Wales. The next course is being planned in both Scotland and Brighton and due to Covid-19 is likely to take place online.

Please email Megan Greenwood if you would like to find out more about Sanctuary in Politics.