Sanctuary Breaks

Sanctuary Breaks

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  • Refugees / migrants

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Our vision is that people seeking sanctuary will be welcomed by and included in local communities, and have full access to rural environments and experience for their good health and welfare. Our project has grown out of Hill House, Amberley, Gloucestershire, which is now used as a rest and retreat venue in particular for refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking or torture. The house is also available for others who are seeking short periods of restoration, or to pursue a particular creative interest, either as individuals or in groups.

We know that groups and individuals visiting Hill House find rest, respite and a warm welcome. Our volunteers gain fulfillment and enjoyment from practical work and sharing with a wider community.


We organise day trips and longer visits to Hill House for groups, families and individuals. They can use the whole house and it's beautiful gardens during their stay. We encourage, cooking (always much appreciated by all !), gardening, games, creative activities, discussion, quiet times, walks and talks with the local community. There are facilities for camping and BBQs in the summer. Each day or longer visit is intended to meet the particular needs of the visitors, there is no set pattern.

Out trustees and volunteers are active within the local Stroud community on wider immigration issues and refugee matters.

Current opportunities

Gloucestershire, GL5 5AL

Sanctuary Breaks is looking for a hands on and committed Treasurer  to help take the young charity forward.