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We currently deliver English lessons in three city locations in Portsmouth and English is the most popular activity within our Refugee Sanctuary Hub.

Our dedicated teachers run two classes, a beginner and an intermediate, which run at the same time.

English lessons are free and all migrants are welcome.

Mondays 1000-1200

Beginners and Intermediate: Refugee Sanctuary Hub, All Saints Church, 334 Commercial Rd, Portsmouth, PO1 4BT

Wednesdays 1600 – 1800

Evenings, beginner and intermediate classes at St Luke’s Church, PO5 4LH.


Kadiatou Conteh explains her learning English experience here.




Head of English projects – Jane Turner.

Journeys in refugee & immigrant literature

Edited by immigrants & refugees, the UK’s first ever Literary Magazine of Sanctuary

Opportunity – deadline 30 April:

“Essential, illuminating and powerful … the other side of hope brings to light the lives that the world often prefers to ignore.”  Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize Winner

We welcome writers & poets from around the world to submit their work this window is open to works in English only and will close on 30th April 2024

  • Fiction, Poetry & Artwork open exclusively to refugees & immigrants; submissions are unthemed.
  • Non-Fiction, open to everyone; theme: migration.

We pay all our contributors. Please full submissions guidelines HERE