Together Lancashire would like to invite you to a conference and workshops for those involved with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Lancashire.

In July 2017 we organised the first Sanctuary Lancashire Conference for everyone concerned with the experience of refugees and asylum seekers in the county. Around 250 attended a very informative event. For several months now we have been engaged in planning the follow up event which will take place at County Hall, Preston on Friday 2nd November from 9.30am to 4pm.

This year’s conference is open to all but will be of special interest to front line staff in public sector bodies, with workshops on Health, Housing, Education and Employment. We would particularly encourage receptionists and front desk staff in surgeries, hospitals, housing advice centres, schools and colleges to book a place.

What to Expect

The morning session will consist of an interactive simulation where participants will experience the life of an asylum seeker who has just arrived in the UK as they navigate their way through a confusing labyrinth of official agencies, representing what was officially described until recently as a “hostile environment”.

After a lunch break with space for networking and to peruse the resource market place, there will be a series of themed workshops on housing, education and health sectors with a facilitator and panel of experts including Sanctuary Seekers who are experts by experience. Through questions and discussions each workshop will be asked to come up with some realistic recommendations that would improve services in each sector.

A free buffet lunch and tea/coffee is included in the conference fee.

Details and tickets are now available at

Book before mid September and save £10 with an early bird ticket – (£20 instead of £30)