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Ipswich Town of Sanctuary (ITS) aims to make Ipswich a welcoming and inclusive place for Asylum Seekers and Refugees.


Through our partnerships with other local groups, we provide support and assistance to Refugees and Asylum Seekers within Ipswich and surrounding areas.

We also seek to engage and educate the wider public on issues related to Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

ITS is part of the national City of Sanctuary movement.

In October 2012, Ipswich Borough Council passed a resolution of support towards Ipswich becoming a Town of Sanctuary:

IBC resolves to declare that Ipswich will serve as a “Town of Sanctuary” for genuine asylum seekers and refugees (sanctuary seekers) that are forced to flee from their own countries to avoid persecution or danger. To that end IBC will within current resources:-

• Seek to be a welcoming town for refugees and those seeking sanctuary

• Co-operate with Ipswich Town of Sanctuary movement to help develop policies and strategies with the community and organisations of Ipswich to support sanctuary seekers

• Work with its staff to ensure that they understand the needs of those seeking sanctuary and are able to challenge misinformation in the wider community

• Look to promote ways of valuing sanctuary seekers through the offering of volunteer opportunities both in the wider Ipswich community and where possible within IBC

This site provides details of our aims and current activities.

For further information please contact Melissa on: [email protected]

You may also wish to search our list of Community Outreach Groups. This provides information on all local organisations working with and for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Ipswich.