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More information about Portsmouth City of Sanctuary 


City of Sanctuary Public Meeting Minutes September 2020

Information leaflet

Letter of support letter from Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of the Council



Important information and documents from our supporting organisations

Refugee Week 2020: ‘Imagine’ 

My Whole Self initiative

Hate Crime Experiences of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (British Red Cross)

Support for Refugee and Asylum Seekers (British Red Cross)

Flow Observatorium Manifesto

Flow Observatorium Report 2018-2019

Appropriate Neurodivergent Language (Flow Observatorium)

Hate Crime- A Guide for Victims and Witnesses of Hate Crime

PositiveMinds Portsmouth Information 

HIVE Portsmouth 

HIVE Portsmouth Directory of Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey: characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England, August 2020

Imagine Portsmouth: city-wide consultation


The first Portsmouth School of Sanctuary is listed (in the South West section) on the Schools of Sanctuary list and we have ambitions for many more!

‘It starts with her’ is an amazing project by the British Red Cross that empowers women in Bangladesh to work their way out of poverty, and support each other through the formation of women’s squads.

To donate click here – the project is match funded by the British Government, so any money you give will be doubled

If you would like further details about this project please contact [email protected]


Red Cross analysis shows that from the start of lockdown to mid July:

  • 10 million people are newly or increasingly economically vulnerable
  • 8 million adults have experienced food insecurity
  • People in the most deprived areas, especially BAME communities are most effected
  • Homelessness amongst young people has increased by 36%
  • 24% of adults have felt lonely or isolated during lockdown, with increased negative impacts on mental health.

Barnardo’s ‘See, Hear, Respond’ programme

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barnardo’s, in partnership with The Department for Education (DfE), will be delivering a new and innovative programme across England that co-ordinates a dynamic sector response (DfE press release) .

The ‘See, Hear, Respond’ programme aims to intervene and find the most vulnerable children and young people who are hidden from view; who are not currently receiving support and those who are at risk and/or experiencing adverse impact to their health and wellbeing.

It’s a fast moving project starting in June and delivering till the end of October and is a crisis response to children and families.

The service delivery model is below:

Their referral portal is currently active and they are able to receive referrals:

For more information visit their website or email [email protected]


Mental Health Trialogues 

Project Report (May 2018)

Interview with Dr Sandy Walker talking about Trialogues events

University Project on loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority groups

A cross-faculty team from the University of Sheffield with colleagues from Brunel and De Montfort Universities have an 18-month project focused on better understanding loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority groups. Funded by the NIHR’s public health research programme, it aims to identify successful approaches to reducing loneliness among these social groups. While loneliness is increasingly recognised as a social problem with significant implications for mental and physical health, research addressing these issues within these groups is limited and they may face increased risks.

The chief investigator on the project, remarked: “This was an exciting project in which we worked with members of the public to assess and summarise the existing research evidence. The project was unusual in looking beyond older people to consider loneliness at all ages and life-stages.” More info can be found here: Sheffield University website & NIHR Journals library pages and an excellent & concise graphic booklet that summarises the findings available online too.

Lifeline For All Report from The Children’s Society

This report addresses a main driver of poverty amongst children in modern-day Britain: the no recourse to public funds condition placed on their leave to remain or associated with their parents’ immigration status.

Safeguarding black girls from child sexual exploitation

This short publication discusses why the evidence base about child sexual abuse of black girls and women is limited, and what is known from the current research. It explains the biases that may come in to play even when practitioners and services have good intentions to be inclusive, and how to work to address these. It also provides tips to help you critically reflect on how language such as ‘BAME’ can influence thinking and practice.

Female Community Leaders wanted – training opportunity:

Active Communities Network are looking for women aged around 17 to 45 who identify with ethnic minority backgrounds and other seldom-heard groups to participate in a 12-month leadership training project through the medium of sport. Participants will be offered the opportunity to obtain a range of qualifications, as well as access to volunteering and paid employment opportunities. For more information click here or contact the project lead, Kirstie Atkinson.

Volunteer Independent Advisory Group:

Hampshire Constabulary is currently running a recruitment campaign for the IAG both district and strategic. We are particularly interested in attracting people with specialist knowledge of diverse and seldom heard communities, including young people aged between 18-25. For more information click here.

Provide a Meal (PAM)

PROVIDE A MEAL is a platform that allows your organisation to give out meals this Christmas to struggling families without cooking for them

1. You can create meal-code to send out to any partner charity. This will be given to a beneficiary who will use it to get a meal from any partner restaurant.

2. You get a thank you notification by email each time your meal-codes feeds a beneficiaries.

For more information click here or email [email protected]

Click here to read PAM’s latest newsletter!

Portsmouth FGM Operational Group

These resources draw on research and evidence from global efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) to highlight some key lessons for sustaining progress and effecting change.

The Population Council Report emphasises the need to understand local variations in the practice and tailored interventions; that social and cultural underpinnings of the practice are changing; the central role of the health sector; and that while laws are necessary they require social legitimacy.

28 Too Many Model Law picks up on this last point, highlighting key features that any anti-FGM law should include as a minimum to be effective. The report recognises that while laws alone cannot end FGM and will need to be adapted to individual countries’ contexts, their absence fundamentally undermines efforts to eradicate it.

The Berer article* focuses on the criminalisation of FGM in the UK, and provides a cautionary tale about anti-FGM law by highlighting the injustice can arise from the pursuit of FGM prosecutions, in spite of good public health intentions.

*Berer, M. (2020) ‘ Prosecution of female genital mutilation in the United Kingdom: Injustice at the intersection of good public health intentions and the criminal law’ Medical Law International Volume: 19 issue: 4, page(s): 258-281

Caritas InSight project

  • Provide a free take away hot meal, take away sandwiches and cake service every Tuesday at 12:30 from the St. Johns Cathedral Car Park​, Bishop Crispian Way, PO1 3QA
  • Also can provide a telephone befriending service for anyone who feels isolated and who would like a regular telephone chat
  • Also can deliver a free home delivered hot meal to those who are unable to leave their home
  • Can also provide some items of clothing
  • We also require donations of non-perishable food and clothing – please drop-off at the Cathedral Car Park from 12:30 to 1:30 on Tuesdays
  • For more information please contact Fiona Allen: [email protected] or Call: 07787 355210

PARCS – Project Catalyst

Project Catalyst (PC) is a new, three-year initiative building on PARCS’ extensive experience of working with young people in the field of sexual violence. It aims to train and support young women from the local communities to become empowered leaders, making a positive impact in the field of abuse/violence against women and girls.

PC will challenge victim blaming cultures and influence policy and practice in this area. The project will work with young women who identify as allies/survivors of sexual abuse and young women who are disadvantaged because of economic or mental health status, disability and/or their sexuality.

Get in touch with Gemma if you are interested in participating as a young person or if you would like to contribute to the project.

Right to Remain has developed an online version of the Asylum Navigation board game. Information Cards and Problem Cards help participants to understand each step of the UK asylum system and what people can do to be in a better position.

Letting asylum seekers work in common sense Conservatism– external article