Our Pledge

We support the ‘City of Sanctuary’ vision that the UK will be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution

We endorse the City of Sanctuary Charter and agree to act in accordance with City of Sanctuary values and apply the network principles within our work (as far as our specific context enables us to).

We recognise the contribution of people seeking sanctuary. Sanctuary seekers are welcomed, included and supported within our context. We expect our branches or local groups (if any) to support their local City of Sanctuary group if one exists, and will facilitate contact between them and their local City of Sanctuary group.

We are willing for our organisation’s name to be added to a list of supporters of City of Sanctuary, linked to our website. We are also willing to be contacted by City of Sanctuary with further ideas for how we can turn our support into practical action and to discuss ways we might work together to promote the vision further.

Our Courses

Click here to view our 16-18 ESOL courses (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Click here to view our part-time ESOL courses (English for Speakers of Other Languages)


Our Events

Etc runs a variety of annual events to raise awareness about sanctuary seekers. 

Upcoming events can be found below:

17th - 23rd June 2024

Refugee Week

Refugee Week is the world's largest arts and culture festival that celebrates the contributions, creativity, and resilience of refugees and those seeking sanctuary. Established in 1998 in the United Kingdom, this annual event coincides with World Refugee Day on June 20th. Refugee Week fosters connections between people from all walks of life, encouraging them to see beyond labels and promoting a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by displaced individuals in their pursuit of safety.

The theme for Refugee Week 2024 is 'Compassion,' a guiding principle that seeks to create a world where compassion brings people together, fostering a more connected and understanding global community. Join us in embracing this theme and making a difference through empathy and solidarity.

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