A COLLEGE has signed a City of Sanctuary pledge in its bid to become a Sanctuary College. 

Sanctuary College status is a national award that acknowledges efforts to foster a culture of welcome, inclusion and safety for those seeking sanctuary.

Following unanimous support from Eastleigh College's board, colleagues, UCU branch members, it has now signed the ‘City of Sanctuary’ pledge.

Meanwhile it has also begun the application process to become one of only seven FE colleges nationwide to hold Sanctuary College.

Paul Cox, Chief Executive of the college, said: “Sadly, at any moment there are individuals, families and communities being displaced by war and conflict.

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"Now we are witnessing a humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. We want to ensure that the people of Ukraine who arrive in Hampshire know that we are a safe, welcoming, and skilled organisation that can support them with regards to their education and training with community connections that can also support their integration.”

The College currently runs dedicated provision for 16-19 aged sanctuary learners which upon completion equips learners with the tools to begin studying a course.

Through its ESOL and Community Learning provisions, adult sanctuary learners also have access to resources that can grow their confidence and connect them with support services.

Sara Trewhitt, Director of Operations at City of Sanctuary UK, said: “For those seeking sanctuary, the experience they have on campus will shape their futures in their new country, receiving thoughtful support and attention is crucial to ensuring learners from a disadvantaged background can learn and achieve the best possible outcomes.”