Oxford City of Sanctuary has been part of the national City of Sanctuary movement since 2008, when the City Council voted to declare Oxford a ‘City of Sanctuary’. Oxford City Council renewed the pledge in 2014, and again in July 2019, with strong support across the political parties.
Oxford CofS is the first in the national City of Sanctuary network to register as a not-for-profit trading co-operative. We’re a Community Benefit Society, so membership is open to individuals, and also to corporate body members. We chose this model so that Oxford CofS can continue to act as an ‘umbrella organisation’, including as corporate body members all the other many groups & charities that do great work for asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants in Oxfordshire.
We’re registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a trading limited company (reg. no. 8136), democratically managed (one-member-one-vote) and owned by our members, who each hold a £1 share. We provide services to the community, but we are not profit-driven and not a charity relying on unpaid volunteers. We have a commitment to paying our workers Oxford Living Wage.
The founding members & directors of Oxford City of Sanctuary when we formally registered in June 2019 were:
Dr. Sheikh Ramzy (Chair pro-tem); Dr. Evelyne Godfrey (Society Secretary); Ms. Emma Jones (Communications officer); and Mr. Mohammed Nawaz (Treasurer pro-tem)
At the Board of Directors meeting in November 2019, we co-opted two new directors. The current registered directors are: Sheikh Ramzy; Evelyne Godfrey; Mohammed Nawaz; Cllr. Lubna Arshad; and Mr. Mohammed Azad.
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