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Many people have little understanding of Asylum in the UK. Our Awareness Training helps members of the public understand what Refugee Status and Asylum means, and how they can help welcome and integrate sanctuary seekers in Wales.  


What is the project? 

DPIA runs awareness training sessions which help people understand the current asylum system in the UK, and the various issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers. Our team of ‘Sanctuary Speakers’ attend the sessions to talk about their own experiences of being an asylum seeker or refugee in the UK. Through informing the public of these issues, we hope to encourage individuals to show welcome in their communities. We provide these sessions free of charge to various organisations, community groups and educational establishments. 


When was it set up and who pays for it? 

DPIA’s Awareness Training was set up in 2009 in response to a need for our communities to welcome refugees. It is hard to support something that you don’t understand. Through teaching about asylum, we have encouraged people to welcome sanctuary seekers and helped communities understand how to put this into practice.  

The training is currently funded as part of the Asylum Rights Programme, a partnership of seven organisations who have been funded by the Welsh Government to promote and ensure the rights of people seeking asylum in Wales. This funding has been guaranteed until March 2021.


So what has the project done? 

In 2019 alone, DPIA delivered awareness training to 250 people. Each of those individuals who completed our evaluation form following the session said that their awareness surrounding asylum issues has increased and committed to embed welcome for sanctuary seekers in their community.  

100% of awareness training participants throughout the entire project have committed to embed welcome for sanctuary seekers in their community! 

Those who have committed to embed welcome include medical students, university lecturers, social workers, retirees, carers, personal assistants, project coordinators, researchers, engagement workers, youth development officers, student volunteers, teachers, education workers, public health professionals, doctors, nurses, managers, HR officers, school pupils, health and social care students, early years students, college funding advisers, student support officers, theatre producers and theatre volunteers. Imagine the impact this has had if every individual has embedded welcome in their place of work or community. 

Each person is asked at the end of the session to tell friends and family what they have learnt. Imagine how many people have been reached if each person even only told one person! 



The best part was hearing from someone who has experienced the process. I had little knowledge when I arrived but felt better informed by the end.
Social Care Student
University of Wales
Very informative - I was surprised that the number of people seeking asylum in the UK is lower than what I originally thought.

Student Support Officer
Gower College
Thank you for doing your part to positively inform the public of the truth regarding displaced peoples.
Sherman 5 Volunteer
Sherman Theatre in Cardiff
I appreciated learning about how we can be of more support to displaced people when we're doctors, such as by using interpreters.
Medical Student
Swansea University Medical School

How can I come to this training? 

We run this training completely free of charge. If you would like us to deliver awareness training to your group or organisation, simply get in contact using the details below.

If you are an individual wanting to come along to a session, get in contact and we can also arrange a session for you to attend. 

We pride ourselves on making sure our sessions are accessible. If you will require level access, large print, or have any other accessibility needs, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  

Sarah Allen delivers our awareness training sessions. To ask a question or book, please contact her at: | 02920 789 733 | 07496 840 479