Our VALUES are the foundation of Swindon City of Sanctuary
These were discussed and agreed upon in June 2019 by trustees, employees & volunteers including those who have sought sanctuary here in Swindon.
Swindon City of Sanctuary’s Values are…
To have TRUST
Trust is at the core of our organisation. We understand that all those we support and collaborate
with deserve and expect our trustworthiness in the ways we work and the decisions we take. We are
open and approachable in our welcome and take safeguarding seriously in personal and confidential
To be INCLUSIVE
Being inclusive is essential in our work and for us this means that we begin with consideration and
care in each individual encounter, and that we support each sanctuary seeker in a consultative,
empowering and respectful way. We show encouragement and patience, and we endeavour to work
in languages that are understood by the people we support.
To be OBJECTIVE
Our kindness is not lessened by our objectivity and clarity which are important in the way that we
conduct our work internally and externally. We are non-judgmental, fair and focused, and we ensure
we work ethically in all we do and who we work with as well as considering our environmental
impact as a charity.
To be INFORMED
Across our organisation we stay informed and knowledgeable of the circumstances and laws
affecting sanctuary seekers, and the issues around hate crime locally. We use our knowledge and
awareness proactively to challenge preconceptions, to share knowledge across Swindon and to help
create a better understanding between us all.
To be INSPIRATIONAL
We use our creativity and innovation to make our expressions, our connections and our outreach
work as educational and inspirational as they can be. We hope to inspire others to actively help to
make Swindon a welcoming place to be for all who live here.
To be POSITIVE & COMMITTED
We are strongly committed to work, educate and campaign in a responsible, coordinated and
strategic way. We aim to focus on the positive, overcoming challenges and hostility by finding
common ground and responding with activities that bring our community together, enabling us to
listen and learn from each other. We aim to break down stereotypes and resentment driven by fear.