Making south London a place of safety and welcome for everyone.
This is the kind of community that we are trying to build through the Borough of Sanctuary campaign.Read our manifesto
Campaigning for sanctuary
We all deserve a safe place to live, where we can thrive and be in control of our lives. But the government is creating a hostile environment for many people living in our communities, by pursuing policies that divide and exclude people with migrant backgrounds.
By coming together, we can make our neighbourhoods places of sanctuary, where everyone can build a life, be part of a community and get the support they need when times are tough.
As part of the national City of Sanctuary movement, we work to make practical changes in Lewisham and in Greenwich that will see our communities change for the better.
We also coordinate our efforts to make Lewisham a Borough of Sanctuary through the Lewisham Migration Forum – which we chair. In Greenwich, we are part of the Greenwich Borough of Sanctuary Group. These groups are networks of organisations, charities, faith groups and neighbours which work to:
- Campaign to make our neighbourhoods places where everyone can live a dignified life, no matter their immigration status.
- Facilitate training for local organisations to ensure they can offer a service which is welcoming to all migrants.
- Be inclusive by listening and engaging with people with lived experience, community organisations, statutory services, faith groups, businesses and much more.
|2018||Community groups asked Lewisham Council to resettle 100 families|
|2018||Lewisham Council agrees to becoming a Council of Sanctuary|
|2019||The Lewisham Migration Forum is formed|
|2019||Lewisham Council removes embedded Home Office worker & offers free school meals for all|
|2020||Lewisham Council agrees to stop sharing data with Home Office on rough sleepers|
|2020||Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust launches inquiry into NHS charging|
|2020||Greenwich Council passes motion to become Borough of Sanctuary|
|2021||St Mary’s Primary school becomes first school of sanctuary in Lewisham|
|2021||Greenwich Borough of Sanctuary Group is formed|
|2021||Lewisham Council officially becomes Council of Sanctuary|
|2021||27 out of 33 GP surgeries become 'Safe Surgeries'|
|2021||Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust accepts major changes to NHS charging|
|2021||Lewisham and Greenwich council commit to resettling Afghan refugees|
|2021||Greenwich Borough of Sanctuary publishes Listening Report with recommendations for the Borough of Greenwich|
|2022||Local election campaigning saw Lewisham and Greenwich commit to building sanctuary, with a focus on improving housing.|
|2022||Local NHS systems commit to increasing access to primary healthcare|
|2022||Lewisham was awarded Borough of Culture, with a strong emphasis on building sanctuary.|
|2023||Greenwich Council take a stand on poor conditions in asylum accommodation as part of their work to build sanctuary for all|
|2023||Greenwich Council becomes an awarded Council of Sanctuary|
|2023||All Lewisham GP surgeries are registered 'Safe Surgeries'|
|2023||NHS trusts commit to expanding their focus on access to healthcare into secondary care|
Sign the pledge to carry on making Lewisham a Borough of Sanctuary. Pledge
Apply for a sanctuary award for your place of work, community group, or organisation. Become a place of sanctuary
Join our meetings or volunteer with us to contribute to our vision of making south London a place of sanctuary for refugees and migrants. Get in touch.