Reading City of Sanctuary – Exciting news!

Sarah Morland, Partnership Manager
Article date
6 July 2017
Primary interest
Refugees and Asylum seekers

Exciting news! Reading is now officially a City of Sanctuary and we are proud to extend the welcome of our town to people who come here seeking safety.

We want those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries to feel safe and secure here. We are committed to taking practical steps to welcome and integrate all people into our communities, our activities and our culture.

We are building a network of businesses, organisations and individuals who, by working together, will help to build a culture of hospitality and welcome throughout Reading. Our supporters includes Thames Valley Police, Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, University of Reading, Shed Café, Chalkboard Café, The Global Café, The Bike Kitchen, Reading Community Learning Centre, Reading Muslim Council, Sikh Community and many more.

Last Wednesday the national City of Sanctuary umbrella organisation held their annual conference and AGM in Reading, welcoming Cities of Sanctuary (CoSs) from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  It was a great opportunity to hear how CoSs are developing across the country – schools, universities, libraries are all offering practical ways to support people seeking sanctuary. Brendan Cox, husband of Jo Cox MP, gave the keynote speech. He said ” Any attack on any minority group, anywhere in the world, is an attack on all of us.  The City of Sanctuary has a key role to play in building a strong movement of common purpose”



At the conference, the Reading CoS  was presented with a certificate in recognition of the town’s commitment to being a place of safety for refugees and asylum seekers.

Find out more about Reading City of Sanctuary, our supporters and how you can pledge support by visiting our website