Building a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary
What is ‘Place of Sanctuary’?
A rapidly growing movement of local people and community groups working to make their cities / towns a place of welcome and safety for all….
The Movement began in England and has now spread to over 30 cities. It is concerned mainly with creating a place and legal system of welcome for asylum seekers. At this moment in time Derry, Dublin and Waterford are the three cities / counties in the Republic of Ireland who have joined this Movement of "City of Sanctuary"; however we - here in Waterford - preferred to be named as
"Waterford Place of Sanctuary".
Ireland is commonly portrayed as a country of a thousand welcomes. The goal of Waterford Place of Sanctuary Movement is not limited to support and advocacy work for asylum seekers. Instead, it is to make Waterford become a place of welcome safety, security, and respect for all who visit and live in the county regardless of colour, race, religious, or social status.
We commit ourselves to a core set of values and principles that will strengthen our collective efforts to protect the rights of all people living in Waterford.
Joy of Bells rang around the world during the St. Patrick’s weekend to welcome refugees
Dr. Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland
Sanctuary in Politics in Waterford: Public Speaking
Churches across Ireland and UK – stand up for justice and unity
Taking the lead from Waterford, churches up and down Ireland, UK and beyond are joining forces to ring out their bells for Love, Hope, Justice and Inclusion on Sunday 19th March, a powerful statement of unity and solidarity against hatred…
Sanctuary in Governance Training in Waterford
Please download the Registration Form and return it to [email protected] for application.
Successful AGM in Waterford
A Wider Remit in Waterford
Diversity Seminar: Celebrating Diversity, Equality and Human Rights in Waterford
On the 28th of September, Places of Sanctuary Waterford held a seminar celebrating the diversity in Waterford communities. With a packed schedule of keynote speakers, refugee speakers, poetry readings and group discussions (to name a few) the event was a…
City of Sanctuary status marked at Diversity Festival
Minister of State at the Dept of Justice & Law Reform, Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Aodhán O’Riordán TD, enjoying the music and dance from the IGBO Community Dance Group at St Patrick’s Gateway.
What is ‘City of Sanctuary’?
A rapidly growing movement of local people and community groups working to make their cities a place of welcome and safety for all….
The 4 points of Waterford City of Sanctuary Movement:
• We respect the innate dignity, quality and potential of each person in his or her own right.