After uprooting their lives and fleeing to safety in the UK, many refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds find themselves isolated from the wider community.
Create a community of welcome in your area, take part in a Sanctuary Supper!
Sanctuary Suppers are a chance for different people from different walks of life to come together and enjoy a meal.
Sanctuary Suppers will be hosted and attended in local communities across the city by volunteer participants. Each participant will volunteer to contribute to the Sanctuary Supper in their own way- it could be by providing the venue, by providing the cooking skills to prepare the meal, by bringing a dish along, or even just by bringing themselves; there’s a way for everyone to join in!
How can I take part?
If you are interested in taking part, you can submit the form below to register your interest and tell us how you would like to contribute. All types of contributions are welcome. If you like to cook but don’t have a kitchen, borrow one! If you enjoy hosting but would like to try food from around the world, lend your kitchen to someone else! Leeds City of Sanctuary will pair you with other participants in your area, making sure that all the ingredients are there for a successful Sanctuary Supper.
Can I be helped with the costs of the meal?
Leeds City of Sanctuary is very happy to support participants with the cost of ingredients and with travel to and from the meal. Money should not be a barrier to taking part.
When and where will the Sanctuary Suppers be held?
Sanctuary Suppers is an ongoing project and a Sanctuary Supper could be held anytime, anywhere in the city. If you’d like to host an event, you can propose a time and date. If you’d like to join an event, you can get in touch via the contact form and we will give you some options of dates and locations to attend.
Why should I take part in a Sanctuary Supper?
The aim of the Sanctuary Suppers project is to help people to reach across borders and cultural barriers to build stronger relationships and community connections. Taking part in a Sanctuary Supper is an opportunity to meet new people and to learn about different traditions and cultures from around the world. For learners of English, this is the perfect opportunity to meet and practice with native speakers. At the very least, taking part in a Sanctuary Supper will mean that a few less people in Leeds are lonely that weekend.