“I am really excited about Lincoln becoming a City of Welcome. It seems a long time ago that we had the first City of Sanctuary meeting with speakers from Sheffield, but all good things take time. Lincoln’s demographics have changed dramatically since I started working in the City 15 years ago and Lincoln becoming a City of Welcome, shows our commitment to becoming a more cohesive and inclusive City." Jeanne Bain Chief Exec developmentplus
The idea to create Lincoln as a City of Welcome was inspired by the success of other community based movements across the UK, in particular ‘the City of Sanctuary’ movement, whereby cities such as; Sheffield, Bradford and York (to name just a few) have worked in partnership with their local people, businesses and official organisations e.g. the local councils to make a public commitment and effort in putting their cities ‘on the map’ as places of sanctuary for people in need of safety.
However, Lincoln is different from other UK cities, it has fresh opportunities and a different set of circumstances thus it is important for Lincoln to determine and explore what it feels it needs as a city to put itself ‘on the map’.
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Just Lincolnshire working in partnership with Lincoln City Council is exploring how Lincoln has changed and how it will continue to do so - but importantly to open up a debate about how Lincoln can become a City of Welcome and put itself on the map as a great place to be, whether that’s to live, work or visit - because Lincoln has the potential if it wants to embrace it.