Reading’s bid for City of Sanctuary Status took a step forward on Friday 17th when the Mayor of Reading Cllr Tony Jones officially launched the City of Sanctuary Steering Group after the Reading Refugees Support group AGM at RISC. Initial members are all local charities - Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG), The Mustard Tree, British Red Cross, Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE) , Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) and Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC).