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For Ipswich to be a welcoming and inclusive place to live for refugees and asylum seekers.


To provide support and assistance to Refugees and Asylum Seekers within Ipswich and surrounding areas. To actively seek partnerships with key community stakeholders to work towards making Ipswich a welcoming and inclusive “town of sanctuary”.


Ipswich Town of Sanctuary (ITS)  was founded in November 2008 .  ITS is part of the national“City of Sanctuary” movement. The aim of the movement is for local groups to work to build coalitions of organisations from all sectors which make a public commitment to welcome and support Refugees and Asylum Seekers. For more information please visit: City of Sanctuary.

On Wednesday 31st October 2012, Ipswich Borough Council passed a resolution of support towards Ipswich becoming a “Town of Sanctuary”.  ITS has since received support from across the local political, religious and cultural spectrum.  Particular support has been given from Bishop Nigel, Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich, the Helen Bamber Foundation, actress Juliet Stevenson and John Sentamu the Archbishop of York.

Ipswich Town of Sanctuary is currently run by Melissa Day and with the support of our amazing volunteers.