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90 Refugees to arrive in York

You may have seen the article in the York Press (Thursday 2nd July)  about the arrival of up to 90 Asylum Seekers in York, who are being housed in a hotel – to read it click here.

There’s a great quote from Detective Superintendent Allan Harder, Head of Safeguarding at North Yorkshire Police, who said: “Offering sanctuary and protection to displaced people who have nothing and are facing an uncertain future is indicative of the caring and welcoming nature of York and its people.”

Donations of men’s clothing are urgently needed

The majority of these men have only the clothes they arrived in.

Clothes should be:

  • Mens, all sizes up to 36” waist
  • Good condition
  • Suitable for everyday wear
  • Suitable for summer/autumn
  • Washed and packed in plastic bags, preferably labelled according to approximate size

We are also wanting donations of jigsaw puzzles (for adults) and board games such as Chess, Backgammon, packs of cards, etc.
Spare phone chargers and headphones are also very welcome.

We have several drop-off points across the city, including Fulford, Clifton and Haxby

Please email [email protected] or text 07545060694 for the location of your nearest drop-off point.

Financial Donation

If you would like to make a financial donation towards items such as new underwear/socks, trainers, toiletries and other essentials, you can give here: – (please reference your donation as SOCKS)


What we do….

York City of Sanctuary works in several ways. As well as seeking to promote an environment of understanding and compassion within the city, we visit institutions and places of education to give talks and lead discussions. We also work with individual refugees or asylum seekers who for whatever reason find themselves in York and are unable to return to their countries of origin. As well as assisting refugees who come to York as part of government schemes, York City of Sanctuary co-ordinates visits to the city by refugees from the environs with the help of an active team of volunteers.

We also run a Facebook page with aims to share relevant local news, views and initiatives. Feel free to have a look and add your own relevant news; membership is closed (ask to join), but contributions are visible to all:


York Schools of Sanctuary

Find out more: issues + resources for educators + how to become a School of Sanctuary


Registered charity No. 1176094. Registered as ‘York City of Sanctuary’

York City of Sanctuary, c/o Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL

Link to National City of Sanctuary web site