Wakefield District City of Sanctuary

part of a grassroots movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Wakefield district city of sanctuary

We want to welcome visitors to Wakefield who have come to us seeking Asylum, or who are Refugees. 

This section of our website is for visitors, coming either as asylum seekers or as refugees.  Here are details of places to go where you will find a welcome, and can ask for help. Click here for the weekly programme.

The conversation Cafe at St. John’s Church 

Mondays 10am – 12pm

All Welcome

Our clothing Store is open for donations on Mondays from 1pm – 3pm

Tuesday Drop In 1pm – 3pm at  St Michaels Church Hall.

Signposting Drop-in at the Quaker Meeting House is open Wednesdays from 10am – 12pm

Our Peer Support Group runs at Studio 3, The Art House on Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

St. Michael’s Welcome Cafe runs on Thursdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

St. Michael’s Drop-in and Welcome Cafe runs on Thursdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Our Creative Crafts session runs on Thursdays from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in Studio 3 at the Art House.

Our Clothing store is open for donations on Fridays from 10:30am – 2:30pm

English classes at the Baptist Church from 10.30 to 12.30

The Sanctuary Garden at Sparable Lane Allotments runs from 2:00pm on Sundays

Wednesday Dropin

Our largest meeting each week is on Wednesday Mornings from 10am at the Quaker Meeting house. Here you will find company and welcome, tea and snacks, and help and advice.

Urban House

Dispersal hostel on Love Lane

St Johns Church

Monday Conversational English Classes

St Michael's Church

St Michael's drops are on Thursdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm (from 4th April) and 1pm to 3pm. All welcome for social activities, conversation, games, and crafts.

Wakefield Baptist Church


English Classes twice a week which are free of charge.  They meet every Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30pm (term time only).

The groups are open to anyone and the teacher, Derek Seal, has an informal, friendly approach to teaching English language and culture.

Farsi Language Church meeting, Tuesdays at 5.30pm


The Art House - Studio 3

Many Tuesdays we have special training sessions for volunteers here at 12.30pm.

The peer support project is located here each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm.

Our Creative Crafts session runs on Thursdays from 1.00pm to 2.30pm.

Look for Studio 3 On Mulberry Way - look for Studio number 3 in the car park

The Clothing Store

We collect and organise clothing for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Please ring us on 07800 605397 before you visit. We welcome volunteers to help us run this service.

Wakefield Library

The public library is a welcoming place, and here you will find somewhere warm to sit and read, as well as free WiFi and access to computers if you register.  Bring your ARC Card to register.  The main desk has translations of common questions and answers in many languages.

Sparable Lane Allotments

The Allotments (community gardens, on Sparable Lane is where our Sanctuary Garden is, join us to get involved and learn about growing your own food in UK.