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The Harrogate District of Sanctuary Group was formed in November 2016 following the arrivals, starting in July 2016, of several families of Syrian Refugees. We became aware of the enormous need throughout the country of a change in attitude towards asylum seekers and refugees, and decided to join the national City of Sanctuary network.

There are now 16 families settled in Harrogate & Knaresborough, originally from Syria, Iraq, Sudan & Afghanistan

We aim to raise awareness locally  about the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers, especially those fleeing war and persecution in their own countries: we aim to create, in the Harrogate District, an environment  where refugees and asylum seekers feel, welcome and included in our society and to challenge discrimination and negative attitudes through positive action and healthy discussion.

Events: we arrange open meetings with a variety of speakers and we are happy to talk to local groups, such as Rotary and Women’s Institute etc about our work.. We also support the work of other groups in the District, such as Refugees Welcome in Harrogate, the Harrogate School of English, the Islamic Association of Harrogate, and also the Refugee Council.

Contact us: [email protected]

What you can do to help: we are all volunteers and always welcome more help and support. These are some of the things you can do

  • Become a volunteer with us
  • Include information about Harrogate District of Sanctuary on your website and/or other materials; display a flyer about meetings etc
  • Be committed to challenge negative attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees
  • Invite someone to speak about Harrogate District of Sanctuary, and the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers,to your group
  • Providing a meeting space for activities
  • Offer volunteering opportunities so that people can practise their English and improve their chance of employment
  • Explore ways of giving financial support.

We are very pleased to have the support of Harrogate Borough Council www.harrogate.gov.org