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Sanctuary Awards

To celebrate the organisations who go above and beyond to welcome people seeking sanctuary, we have our Sanctuary Award programme.

Any community group, private organisation, public sector service or other bodies which contribute towards the vision of welcome can apply for the award. Appraised by a panel including someone with lived experience of seeking sanctuary and an expert in the field, this formal awards process recognises and rewards good practice and progress within a sector, whilst encouraging other organisations to do the same.

For all awards, applicants must demonstrate that they have done the following:

  • Learn: find out what it means to be seeking sanctuary; and be actively involved in awareness raising.
  • Embed: take positive action to make welcome and inclusion part of the values of your organisation or community, to support people who are seeking asylum and people who are refugees, and to include them in your activities.
  • Share your vision and achievements: let others know about the positive contribution of people seeking sanctuary make to our society and the benefits of a welcoming culture to everyone.

Sanctuary Awards have been developed in conjunction with schools, universities, arts organisations and others.

Sanctuary awards in Newcastle:

We are extremely proud of all of the organisations and institutions who go above and beyond to welcome people seeking sanctuary, this includes:

Baltic Art Gallery, Gateshead 

Curious Monkey Theatre Company 

Jesmond Library

Kittiwake Multi-lingual Library 

Newcastle City Council

Newcastle City Library 

Newcastle United Football Club 

Newcastle University 

Newcastle West End Foodbank 

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums 

There are a number of Schools of Sanctuary in Newcastle, a list of which is provided on the schools page.

If your organisation or group would like to find out more about applying for an award please get in contact for further details: [email protected]