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Butetown was built on immigration and migration, welcoming people from dozens of countries who came to Cardiff in search of work as a result of the Industrial expansion, creating a colourful community marked by multicuturalism and multifaith.


Today, offering hospitality and welcome to strangers and visitors remains an important part of our ministry at St Mary's, whether as tourists, vistors to the city, or those who have found themselves here seeking assylum and a safe refuge


Our Old Vestry building in the car park of our church has been used for many different things and by different organisations over the decades.  At present, we are pleased to be hosting Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group which works with and for refugee women and their families.




Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group (WSSAG) is an advocacy and research group which works with and for refugee women and their families to  enhance their ability to rebuild their lives.


They are committed to campaigning on women’s asylum issues, to promote positive opportunities, social cohesion, build confidence and self-esteem, and to enhance active citizenship.


They empower and support women seeking sanctuary in Wales to voice their needs and represent themselves at strategic and policy making levels.


WSSAG is committed to signpost women to anti-deportation campaign organisations.

To find out more about Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group please check out their website

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founder of WSSAG