Breaking down the barriers of loneliness, isolation and lack of opportunity one bus ride at a time…

Thanks to a pledge of support from Swindon’s Bus Company, we can offer half-price bus tickets to sanctuary seekers in Swindon.

If you’re an agency working with sanctuary seekers, you can apply for a bus pass here.

Why is this needed?

Asylum seekers in the UK are not permitted, by law, to work. They are given only £37.75 a week on which to live. A weekly bus pass costs £14.50 – more than a third of an asylum seeker’s financial support.

With the number of asylum seekers in Swindon having more than doubled in the past three years, many of them are living further from the town centre, where so many services are based. Without means of transport, they have no way of accessing English classes, asylum advice, health care, social activities and volunteering opportunities.

What difference does a bus pass make?

Being able to travel means that asylum seekers and refugees can get the support they need.

As one new refugee says:

The bus pass helped me get to job interviews and when I started working I didn’t have to worry about the logistics until the first pay cheque. Thank you so much for the comprehensive and well-thought out support.”

Wow… I had no idea. How can I help?

We rely on fundraising to subsidise ticket costs and ensure that tickets remain free of charge for sanctuary seekers. If you feel moved to help (pun fully intended), you can make a donation here. Even better, spread the word to friends and family and get them on board too…

City of Sanctuary UK Information