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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

21 April 1926 to 8 September 2022

We mourn the passing of our wonderful Queen, whose Platinum Jubilee we all celebrated in St Luke’s, Southsea, earlier this year. Her Majesty fought an excellent fight and finished her full and wonderful life with all her might and a heart of example, duty and faith. She was a friend of refugees and she will always wear a heart of righteousness in our eyes. This is the dawn of a new reign. God Save the King!


Portsmouth City of Sanctuary (PCoS) is a grass-roots humanitarian organisation helping local asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas!

Would you like to volunteer and change the lives of local people? We have some exciting volunteer roles (see below), including interpreters, English teachers, caseworkers, as well as those with fundraising, media and IT skills!

We are hiring! Asylum Seeker and Refugee Community Manager

Closing date: 5pm Friday 16th September 2022
Interview date: pm (time to be confirmed) on Monday 26th September 2022




Bicycle Appeal – “Welcome Wheels Project”


As a charity we have a vision to see every asylum seeker and refugee in Portsmouth cycling. Asylum Seekers receive just under £40 per week per person if they are in receipt of section 95 or section 4 support. For those asylum seekers in temporary accommodation, they receive as little as £8 a week.
A bicycle can be life changing, enabling access to many spaces within the city, boosting both physical and mental health. We run our “Welcome Wheel Project” in partnership with Sustrans, Southsea Cycles, and Top Banana. The bikes are refurbished by Southsea Cycles, and we also provide a lock, lights, helmet and hi-vis as well as a short road safety session to make sure they are safe and confident to ride on the road.

Simply drop off your donated bike to Southsea Cycles. We are in need of both male and female bikes.  If you have a number of bikes to donate and do not have transport simply email us – [email protected] 

Our project has continued to see asylum seekers thrive by allowing them to volunteer and access groups and clubs in the city.

Read all about our project –




Portsmouth City of Sanctuary are delighted to announce that we have won the Hampshire High Sheriff Award for our work in the city with refugees and asylum seekers. The award was collected by two of our Trustees Denise Callender and David Handley as well as Patience Mutunami our VAWG Project lead. We would like to thank all staff, volunteers and supporting organisations who go above and beyond to make Portsmouth a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

Read more about the High Sheriff Award here –



Platinum Champion Award Winner

We are delighted to announce that Shamila Dhana, a co-founder and trustee of Portsmouth City of Sanctuary has been awarded a Platinum Jubilee Champion Award for her outstanding community work with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. The Platinum Champion Awards are a national official jubilee project launched by the Royal Voluntary Service and it’s President, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, in honour of the charity’s Patron Her Majesty The Queen, and they recognise extraordinary volunteers across the country.

Shamila was selected from over 3000 national entries, of which 470 platinum champions were selected by a panel of judgers. She was then further down selected as top ten in her nominated category and attended an award ceremony held at The Oval in London.

Read all about it here –



Our Annual Report

We are very pleased to publish our first annual report. We would like to thank all our volunteers, funders, donors, supporters and clients who access our services and projects.

PCoS 2021 Annual Report 21-22 Final

Click here to download Portsmouth City of Sanctuary’s information leaflet! 



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