A STATION in Bradford is the first across the county to be awarded the ‘Station of Sanctuary’ status after workers went the extra mile to help asylum seekers and refugees.

Bradford Interchange has been awarded this status for the work it does to help asylum seekers and refugees.

Will Sutcliffe, Chair of the City of Sanctuary, Bradford, said: “This is the first Transport Hub that has been given a Station of Sanctuary status and it’s because the staff haven’t just done a tick box exercise.

“Staff have undertaken training to understand the needs of asylum seekers and refugees and show that they have understood and are recognising and seeking to facilitate their needs.

“It’s a standard process, where the institute has to demonstrate they understand, embed and share the principles of the City of Sanctuary.

“There is a prayer room on site that can be used. It’s about making the city more accessible for them.

“One of the key things we are working on is trying to reduce the cost of fares as asylum seekers receive under £38 per week from the Home Office and a day ticket costs £5.20.

“Travel is vital and therefore if we can find ways to cut costs, it will be immensely helpful.”

The station was awarded the certificate at a small event on Thursday, May 5, at Bradford Interchange.

The station and staff working at Bradford Interchange have been given training regarding broader migration and asylum-seeking. The station is equipped with a quiet room and prayer room for use as well as welcome signs in a range of languages.

Bradford has held the city of Sanctuary status for several years, with other aspects of Bradford life also being granted the status including the University of Bradford which offers a scholarship to asylum seekers and refugees.

Working with the council, the city of Bradford is aiming to become more accessible and facilitative for asylum seekers.

Schools, arts organisations, and festivals are all currently in talks to be awarded this status.

The group works to raise the voices of refugees and makes sure that it is heard and acknowledged by policymakers, service providers, and members of the public.