Stronger communities and cohesion, including refugee support

Leicester City of Sanctuary supported by the John Salmon Fund

Projects funded in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

City of Sanctuary clients and volunteers sharing a meal together

Leicester City of Sanctuary

A grant from the John Salmon Fund has supported Leicester City of Sanctuary to deliver their NEST (New Evidence Search Team) services, around 15 volunteer caseworkers with experience in academia, law, human rights and other related disciplines that bring valuable experience to casework. Volunteers work in pairs, sometimes threes, and experienced caseworker with a newer volunteer.


The grant is supporting NEST services for one year by contributing to running costs such as volunteer training and room hire, enabling the organisation to arrange meet-ups, training and other events. The social meet-ups are really important so that people feel less isolated by their situation.

St Phillip’s Centre, Leicester

A grant from On the Edge fund has made it possible for St. Philip’s Centre to offer a year-long programme of Schools Linking to over 2400 young people. 

The programme enables children and young people to improve their knowledge and understanding of issues around identity, diversity and community. 5 x 30 minute sessions allow pupils to share stories and ideas with each other in their own class, or with pupils from a different class, even in a different school virtually. The schools benefit as the work helps young people feel a greater sense of belonging and self-esteem and supports with the development of critical thinking skills and empathy.

65 primary school teachers were trained to deliver the programme of lessons; which would not have been possible without the grant. All of the linked pairs of classes were supported to exchange work, meet remotely, maintain a connection and eventually meet face-to-face towards the end of the year, by visiting each other’s schools.

St Phillips Centre funded by On the Edge