Newcastle upon Tyne is proud to be a welcoming city where people have historically sought sanctuary for many years.

In more recent times, Newcastle was selected as a dispersal area for asylum seekers. Agencies within the city responded through developing projects, networks, and awareness raising initiatives. We are thrilled that, through the work of these projects, many people with leave to remain choose to stay in the city.

However, even with our successes there is still more work to be done, more communities to be encouraged to welcome our new arrivals and more people to be supported during their time here. For this reason we decided to become a nationally recognised City of Sanctuary.

City of Sanctuary, an organisation focused on improving the experience of refugees in Newcastle, has launched the following initiatives:

  • Schools of Sanctuary
  • Services of Sanctuary
  • Faith Groups of Sanctuary
  • Stories of Sanctuary
  • Songs of Sanctuary
  • Sports of Sanctuary

Neither of these programmes, nor our future plans, would be possible without our ability to work with, and signpost to, the brilliant services in our city. You can read more about some of these on our page, Spotlight on Essential Services.

If you would like to express your support for City of Sanctuary Newcastle, either as an individual or an organisation, you can download our Resolution of Support, fill it out, and email it to [email protected].

Resolution of Support for Individuals

Resolution of Support for Organisations


If you would like to get involved please contact us.