Check out this short film about City of Sanctuary – a great UK movement trying to inspire a culture of hospitality and welcome for those seeking sanctuary in our cities.

We talk about City of Sanctuary a lot – anyone at Sheffield Doc/Fest might have noticed how much we kept name-dropping them – because their work gels very nicely with the issues raised in Moving to Mars.  COS is a UK wide movement encouraging groups of all kinds, from churches to football teams, to not only pledge their support for refugees and asylum seekers but also to demonstrate ways that they’re acting on this pledge.  The film showcases a few of the ways that Sheffield’s own City of Sanctuary movement have made life better for their refugee community, including running a conversation club to help people practicing their English and a gardening club to help refugees integrate with the local community.

Moving to Mars itself shows how much a supportive community and opportunities to get involved can have a positive impact on people seeking sanctuary. We really support COS and their work, and we’re hoping to work with them more in the near future.  There are currently COS groups in Sheffield, Bradford, Bristol, Chester, Coventry, Huddersfield, Leicester, London, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford and Swansea.  If you, your organisation or your business could support them, please visit their website.  In the meantime, enjoy the film and let them know what you think!