College of Sanctuary

żapp is proud to be a part of , and to have received College of Sanctuary status.

Recently, a collaboration between our Level 3 Creative Media students and our ESOL students resulted in the broadcast of a 3-part radio documentary on Bristol Community FM to mark National Refugee Week and to celebrate the college’s status as a College of Sanctuary.

You can listen to the documentary . Simply follow the link and find the 20 June programme in the search bar.

What is City of Sanctuary UK?

Launched in October 2005 in Sheffield, City of Sanctuary started with the vision that the UK should be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution. From this start in a single location, the idea has spread into a grassroots network of more than 120 local groups in the UK.

Schools & Colleges of Sanctuary is an initiative from Bristol City of Sanctuary, which aims to:

• Foster positive attitudes within schools, colleges and their communities around people seeking sanctuary
• Support schools and colleges to take positive steps towards being places of safety and inclusion for all
• Recognise and celebrate schools and colleges that are committed to welcoming and supporting people seeking sanctuary

żapp is proud to have regained its status as a College of Sanctuary. This means we are committed to being a safe and welcoming place for people whose lives were in danger in their own country.

We are a college that helps its students, staff and wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary, and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of our college community.

Student Cultural Celebration

You can watch the below video to see our UASC students, alongside other ESOL students take part in a cultural celebration event to celebrate cultural differences and diversity at our college.

Useful links for refugees and those seeking sanctuary

Information about the asylum process

This is written for children and young people.
The goes step by step through the different stages of the asylum system for anyone over 18. It also includes information about the immigration system.

Advocacy and general help

and offer information and signposting for refugees of all ages.

can help with .

Legal support

Physical and mental health support

The Haven is a specialist clinic run by GPs and nurses who offer an adjusted service to better meet the needs of asylum seekers and refugees. Tel 0117 970 3887

Asylum Seeker and Refugee Clinic are where mental health referrals for asylum seeker and refugees under 18 go to. Email Anna Kalin for information.

offer Traumatic Stress Service: Moving on After Trauma Group for 16+.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

żapp provide Adult ESOL courses.

is an online resource to find ESOL classes in Bristol.

Social Support

is a youth group for 13-19 year olds who are seeking asylum.

offers mentoring services for refugees.

is a Bridges for Communities-run befriending service.

is a support group for Bristol-based LGBTQ+ people seeking asylum and those with refugee status.


works alongside asylum seekers facing destitution by sourcing hosted accommodation and creative community engagement across the city.

is a small UK based charity aiming to connect those with a spare room in their home with asylum seekers and refugees in need of accommodation.

is a social enterprise working to resettle refugees through labour market and social integration.

Anti-racism support

provide support for refugees who are victims of racist and religious hate crimes, and can act as a referrer into specialist support for victims of disablist, homophobic and transphobic hate crime.

Free shop

for refugees and asylum seekers is also a community hub for refugees and asylum seekers in the city.

Support for victims of human trafficking

provide specialist accommodation and outreach support for victims of human trafficking and modern slavery across the South West of England.