ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution

Challenging asylum destitution

ASSIST Sheffield helps destitute asylum seekers by providing accommodation, advice and other support to those in most need or distress. We’re a charity and we’re totally reliant on volunteers, grants and the generosity of the people of Sheffield and the surrounding area. More about us»

Interested in volunteering?

Come to one of our New Volunteer Info Sessions.

The next session is on:
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 17:30 to 18:30

What your help means to us

Refused asylum seekers are not allowed to work, to register themselves as homeless or to be placed in local authority night shelters. Many become destitute, struggling daily for food, accommodation and clothing.

  • £5 could cover expenses for a weekend’s hospitality for an asylum seeker in need of somewhere to sleep
  • £17 could cover travel expenses to enable an asylum seeker to get to medical and legal appointments
  • £20 could give a vulnerable asylum seeker a week’s ASSIST grant to enable them to buy some food
“Before I found ASSIST, I had absolutely nothing. Things have changed now. Now my health problems are being sorted out andmy legal situation is moving forward. This is basically because I can have somewhere to sleep and enough to eat.”
an ASSIST client
“ASSIST clients and volunteers learn how to be treated by other people and how to treat other people, which is good for diversity and things like that.”
an ASSIST client
“ASSIST is part of my family now. I'm at peace. Without them I'd be moving from shelter to shelter every night, getting a bed when I could.”
an ASSIST client
“Sheffield as a city is known for accommodating refugees. It has a tag of friendliness and community spirit which would disappear without ASSIST.”
an ASSIST client