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City of Sanctuary wishes to recognise all elements of good practice in the field of health and social care by offering a Sanctuary Award in Health. This award is part of a larger Sanctuary Awards initiative which is based on three core principles – learn, embed and share.

Please visit the pages on Sanctuary Awards to learn about the awards process in general.

The award is applicable to any hospital, NHS Trust, Primary Care Practice or specialised service – e.g. mental health services. Wherever sanctuary seekers go we want them to feel safe and find people who welcome them and try to meet their needs.

The following guidelines are specific to the Health Stream but should be read in conjunction with the general guidelines:

Sanctuary Award in Health Guidelines

Sanctuary Awards in Health are awarded through local and regional groups. Contact your local group or Regional Coordinator to discuss. 


People and the Dales

People and the Dales received a Sanctuary in Mental Health award for their inspirational work to bring disabled and disadvantaged groups to the Dales to enjoy the beautiful countryside and take part in activities.

Two Sanctuary Awards in Health presented in Leeds

York St Health Practice and Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) are the first GP practice and medical institute to receive Sanctuary Awards for health in the UK.

University of Bradford Dept of Health Studies

The Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford has received a Sanctuary in Health award for its work with asylum seekers and refugees - the first University Department of Sanctuary in the UK.