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Welcome to Bradford City of Sanctuary

Bradford City of Sanctuary works to generate an environment of safety and hospitality in the City for people seeking sanctuary  from many of the world’s worst trouble spots . We identify gaps in support, connect people to places, promote and host events as well as advocate and educate for a fair, equal and diverse society.

We aim to create a city that is more inclusive and welcoming, where those seeking sanctuary can enrich our city, and be recognised for their contributions.

We work through partnerships with statutory, voluntary, business and community groups to create, facilitate and support networks across the city.

Bradford is part of a rapidly growing national movement of over 100 groups. In 2010 we were one of the first places in the UK to be formally recognised as a ‘city of sanctuary’.

Take a look at the menu above to learn more about what we do, including our brilliant Schools and Colleges of Sanctuary project, and how you can get involved.




Bradford has a long and proud history of welcoming people from all over the world, including Eastern Europe. As Russia’s war against Ukraine rages on and many thousands of people are forced from their homes, it’s easy to feel powerless, but there are ways we can all stand in solidarity with Ukraine and make a difference to those who have had to leave everything behind. 

If you are interested in hosting a Ukrainian refugee family, please click here for the government’s website. There is some very helpful advice for those considering hosting here 

For Ukrainians arriving in Bradford, the brilliant Welcome to Bradford site now includes Ukrainian among the languages into which it can be translated






Watch our inspirational short film VOICES here: