Exeter City of Sanctuary (ExCoS) is part of the national City of Sanctuary grassroots movement which is committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome for refugees fleeing war and persecution. ExCoS vision is for Exeter to become a genuine City of Sanctuary where all sections of the community are involved in helping to create this culture of warm welcome, safety and support for asylum seekers and refugees.(see more here )
Exeter has a proud tradition of welcoming asylum seekers and refugees.In the early 2000s, Exeter welcomed asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and other countries. More recently the city has begun to welcome a small number of Syrian families under the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme. Additionally some unaccompanied young asylum seekers have already been brought to safety in Devon. We wish to celebrate this welcoming response by the city’s people and organisations and ExCoS would like to see more asylum seekers and refugees being welcomed to Exeter.
Our main areas of activity include awareness raising, campaigning, events and seeking pledges of support for our goal of building in Exeter a culture of welcome,, support and opportunity for those in need of sanctuary.
All members of the community can play a part. Whether you are a business, a local organisation or an individual we invite you to pledge your support to the vision and aims of ExCoS. Please take a look at our pledge of support here: Pledge your support and do contact us with any questions you have or if you wish to register your interest or volunteer with us. Latest News
#DignityNotDestitution: Join the New Campaign – Refugee Action
A new report by Refugee Action, titled ‘Slipping through the Cracks’ reveals how Britain’s Asylum system is failing the most vulnerable and forcing many into unbearable poverty and destitution. www.bit.ly/2uI7xIe
City of Sanctuary UK Charter 2017
City of Sanctuary UK Charter launch. On Wednesday 5th July at the AGM, City of Sanctuary proudly launched its UK charter which crystallizes who and what we are as a national movement, our values and principles.
All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees highlights difficulties faced by asylum seekers and refugees in settling in UK.
A new report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees has highlighted serious concerns about the difficulties faced by asylum seekers and refugees in settling in the UK- as reported by UK based human rights organisation ‘Right to Remain’.
Press Release: Stagecoach Supports Travel Costs for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Exeter
URGENT: Private Landlords needed for resettling Syrian refugee families
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‘Refugee Voices’: Hosted By Exeter City of Sanctuary. Bike Shed 28.1.17
‘Refugee Voices’ was hosted by Exeter City of Sanctuary at The Bike Shed Theatre on 28/1/17. it was part of…
Mounting opposition to planned closure of ‘Dubs’ scheme for lone children.Please write to your MP
Suspension of ‘Dubs’ resettlement programme for Unaccompanied Minors: Parliamentary Debate, 23.2.17 A parliamentary debate on the unaccompanied children in Greece and Italy is scheduled for 23rd February. We are asking our supporters to contact their MP, urging them to attend this debate and advocate for the continuance of the ‘Dubs’ scheme .
Refugee Voices: Sat. 28th Jan at Bike Shed Theatre 14.30. Hosted by Exeter City of Sanctuary
Don’t miss our event ‘Refugee Voices’ at Bike Shed on 28th January which is part of Refugee Awareness Week in the…
Visit our ‘Tree of Welcome’ at St. Sidwell’s Centre
Our ‘Tree of Welcome’ is currently on display at St. Sidwell’s Centre in Exeter as part of an Awareness…
Being Human: Stories from Syria.
A man forced to live under IS rule will explain how his faith helped him cope with this ordeal. This event at Exeter Cathedral on Thursday 24th November at 7pm is organised as part of a nation-wide Being Human festival of humanities. http://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/event/all-events/being-human-stories-from-syria.ashx
Devon County Council plans to accommodate 25 Unacconpanied Minors before March 17′
Devon County Council issued a press statement on 7/10/2016. They will be accepting up to 25 UASC in Devon before March ’17 under the National Transfer Scheme (NTS). We are delighted by this news , and encourage those interested in fostering to contact DCC Fostering Services at: Fostering enquiry line on 0345…
Exeter City of Sanctuary marches in solidarity with refugees at London demo 17.9.16
ExCoS supporters joined with thousands of people at the London ‘Refugees Welcome’ march and rally on Saturday 17th September. The…