We exist to provide compassionate service to vulnerable people

Sanctuary Foundation exists to provide compassionate service to vulnerable people through catalytic partnerships between government, churches, civil society groups, the media and individuals. With these partnerships we can accomplish impact way beyond our scale.

Our primary activity to date has focussed on refugees from Ukraine and Afghanistan as there has been unprecedented public and government response to these people groups and we have been able to provide rapid-response support as challenges arise. We are increasingly involved in work in Albania and Sudan and other countries around the world.

We remain committed to those refugees already in the UK, but also remain ready to respond effectively to new emerging crises.

Our Priorities

After conducting surveys and in consultation with our advisory board of refugees who have lived experience of being forced to flee, Sanctuary Foundation’s work focuses on four principal areas: Welcome, Work, Worthwhile Housing and Welfare. 

We want to increase the availability of support and innovate and improve the appropriateness of this support for refugees and asylum seekers. 

Meet the Team

Dr Krish Kandiah

Founder/ Director

Dr Kandiah is a social entrepreneur with a vision to help solve some of society’s seemingly intractable problems through building partnerships across civil society, faith communities, government and philanthropy.

John Bowen

Creative Director

John Bowen has worked as a videographer, graphic designer, animator, sound designer and composer. His work is mostly online but has occasionally appeared in award winning films at the London film festival, on Sky Movies, in The Times newspaper and on the BBC. He is passionate about helping tell the stories of people who are often overlooked by society.

Emma Barrett

Office Administrator

Emma joined Sanctuary Foundation after spending time raising two adopted children. She brings expertise in administration and education. Emma has a passion to help children flourish.


Simon Blake
Cat Ross
Gareth Mullholland

Youth Council



Advisory Council

Yegor Lanovenko
Stan Benes
Anna Dezyk
Svitlana Putyata
Nataliya Rumyantseva
Valeria Mocharskaya

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