Swansea City of Sanctuary logo June 2017Swansea became the UK’s second official City of Sanctuary in May 2010. Its constitution was formally adopted in February 2012 and amended in 2019.

Swansea City of Sanctuary are always interested in meeting potential trustees to join their committee. This is a voluntary position in a fully voluntary organisation with no staff. 

They encourage applications from all sectors of society in Swansea and actively welcome people with experience of migration or being sanctuary seekers.

At the present time they particularly wish to meet people who would be prepared and capable of taking leading roles. This is because long standing members of the committee are moving towards retirement or planning to reduce their input substantially.

Purpose:

They need to build on S CoS’s successes by appointing new active trustees who are prepared to take on leadership roles to ensure that they continue to move towards our vision which is to become:

one of a network of cities which are welcoming to all, proud to offer sanctuary and support to those fleeing violence and persecution, and which celebrate the contribution of asylum seekers and refugees to city life.

During the last 12 – 18 months they have increased their impact in various ways:

They have supported the asylum/ refugee sector by facilitating a forum of the various organisations to discuss and find solutions to joint concerns during the pandemic. This has proved so useful that they have decided to continue the forum indefinitely.

Through their 10th anniversary celebrations, they have increased their impact and the awareness of asylum matters in the City.

You will be part of making a real difference to the almost 1000 asylum seekers in Swansea who we believe feel more at home and understood as a result of SCoS work – as well as making a difference to all who would like to live in a welcoming, diverse and inclusive city.

Suggested activities:

Take a lead in governance, initially whilst shadowing the current chair, secretary and treasurer, listening and sharing ideas to ensure good decision making.

Take on at least one specific responsibility, e.g. organising events, convening or taking part in a subgroup (e.g. on Schools or Universities of Sanctuary, Arts, Destitution, Pledged Organisations and Sanctuary Awards, Media and Communications)

(For more information the ‘Vision, Aims and What We Do’ document below)

Time scale:

They would like to meet potential applicants as soon as possible with a view to new trustees being appointed by their pledged members at the SCoS AGM to be held mid-October.

Input required:

At present they hold committee meetings roughly monthly, on a weekday, with subgroups working in between these meetings to organise events, collaborate with pledged and supporting organisations, and encourage new pledges.

Pledged organisations can be large (e.g. public and private bodies, universities, housing associations) or small local community groups.

Various other events and meetings occur irregularly, sometimes in the evening or at week-ends.

Location:

SCoS do not have a fixed office, but meet and organise events around Swansea.

Supervision:

New trustees will be paired with longer serving ones to provide an environment of mutual support, learning and the interchange of ideas.

Qualities:

They want enthusiastic people who will enjoy being part of a movement that includes those with and without lived experience of being a refugee or an asylum seeker.

They seek those who share their vision and are prepared to work between meetings.

They need people with specific skills, such as finance, fundraising, IT, social media, HR governance and also people willing to tackle whatever tasks need doing.

They expect all trustees and volunteers to accept joint responsibility in supporting Swansea as a City of Sanctuary.

Benefits:

Whether you have recently arrived in Swansea, or you are someone who has lived here for a while, or consider yourself to be Swansea born and bred, you can enrich your life through SCoS.

There are opportunities to represent Swansea at Wales and UK-wide events such as Sanctuary in the Senedd and Sanctuary in Parliament and to work with others across Wales and UK who are involved in the sanctuary movement.

They are able to reimburse travel expenses and data costs, and where required they loan out devices to ensure that all members have good online connectivity.

For more information or to express your interest, please contact: Kathryn Williams [email protected] / 07748 653317

(Please note: Kathryn is on holiday until 13th September 2021)

Click here to read the Swansea City of Sanctuary ‘Vision, Aims, and what we do’

Find out more about Swansea City of Sanctuary on their website, here