Exeter City of Sanctuary is part of a National City of Sanctuary grassroots movement. Our vision is for Exeter to become a genuine City of Sanctuary where all sections of the community are involved in helping to create a culture of warm welcome, safety and opportunity for asylum seekers and refugees. Welcoming refugees offers us too an opportunity to celebrate diversity and the contribution they make to the life of our city.
We aim to raise awareness of some of the realities and challenges facing refugees and asylum seekers through talks, workshops, events and social media.We also hope through our advocacy and campaigning work to influence the community, local and national policy makers to take the needs, rights and voices of ASRs into account. Partnership however is essential to the success of ExCoS. We work very closely with Refugee Support Devon and are seeking to work with other organisations, non-profit community groups and individuals in Exeter. Whether you are involved in education, the arts, leisure, buisness or a faith group we would love for your organisation and people in or near the city to pledge their support for refugees and asylum seekers.(Pledge your support here) Please do contact us with any questions you have or if you wish to register your interest or volunteer with us. Latest News below
URGENT: Private Landlords needed for resettling Syrian families
Information supplied by Devon County Council (and Exeter City Council)
‘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. 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…
Join Exeter City of Sanctuary at London ‘Refugees Welcome’ March 17th Sept’
‘Refugees Welcome’ March in London 17 September. Join with Exeter City of Sanctuary Starting 12.30pm at Park Lane. Rally in Parliament Square 3pm. Download…
Hands of Welcome – Welcome Tree We’d like to thank Ben Bradshaw and all those who supported the Refugee…
Join Exeter City of Sanctuary’s Campaign for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)
REFUGEE WEEK:’Leaving Home- Welcome Home’. Join the Exe Estuary Walk on 25th June ’16.