HBTSR formed in September 2015, as the global refugee crisis escalated. We joined City of Sanctuary soon afterwards. We are a registered charity, No: 1173570
We are a member of Together with Refugees Coalition and also Lift the Ban Coalition.
We are a group of volunteers [ we have no paid workers] welcoming people seeking sanctuary, raising funds to help them and encouraging our political representatives to put policies in place for a kind and fair immigration system. As a group, our supporters are of all faiths and none and all political persuasions : what unites us is our common humanity and compassion for others.
We will try to do our best in all circumstances but are all volunteers also coping with everything else that life throws at us.
You can find out more about our aims here. The best way to see what we do is to read Latest News, below, and sign up to our Newsletter.
For more details about donations, see here
What we do – latest news
Ukrainian crisis March 2022 please see what we are doing here
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Sanctuary competition for local schools
Display of work on the theme of Sanctuary In St Mary’s Church
The concept of a church as a place of sanctuary has existed for centuries. Historically, people who sought refuge from danger, persecution, or injustice could find protection within the walls of a church. St Mary’s Church in Brecon has opted…
Awards for HBTSR at an evening function hosted by the High Sheriff of Powys
In a week where the news for those seeking refuge has been disheartening, a glimmer of positivity shone through for the Hay Brecon and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees. Trustees, Rowland and Ailsa, attended a celebration event hosted by the High…
Transport for education
Background HBTSR has helped with the cost of bus passes for a few college students for many years. We knew education was crucial to their well-being and future and that free bus transport would enable students living at a distance,…
Orange Planes Campaign continued
On 23rd September a group met at Y Gaer to join in the Together with Refugees coalition campaign to #FillTheSkiesWithHope. Following this we have held stalls in Hay on two occasions[ October and November] and on 18th December we also…
Christmas giving 2022
so many gifts in Hay school
Working towards becoming recognised as Schools of Sanctuary
Clyro, Hay On Wye and Llangorse Primary schools have applied to become Schools of Sanctuary and have been starting to gather the evidence to show that they are welcoming and inclusive schools who have learnt , embedded and shared information…
notes from meeting in Henderson Hall on 10/11/22
Notes here nov 22
Please stop the threat of flights to Rwanda
Hay on Wye market were kind enough to allow us another stall to discuss and demonstrate our opposition to the concept of sending traumatised people seeking asylum to Rwanda, a country not noted for its human rights record or good…
A day out in Llangattock woodlands..
Sarah from The Gap Sanctuary in Newport made contact to ask if she could come with a small group of Unaccompanied minors who were seeking asylum. These boys had been sent to Newport who had identified social workers to help…
A marvellous day at the Mountain Centre
" It's the joy of the day that matters." a wonderful quote that sums up the essence of a welcome day out.