ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution

Could you be an ASSIST host?

Our clients tell us that giving them a place to stay is the most important service ASSIST can provide for them. The security of knowing they will have somewhere to stay is the biggest relief of all, giving them the stability they need to move forward with their asylum case.

We are looking for…

Anyone who would be willing to lend their spare room to an asylum seeker…

  • Weekend hosts, providing accommodation on Saturday and Sunday nights when our night shelter is shut.
  • Emergency hosting for women entails housing an ASSIST client for anything between 2 and 4 weeks, to enable us to find a more long-term accommodation solution for them
  • Long-term hosts who provide a room for anything between 4 weeks and 6 months, during which the guest receives ASSIST support and help with moving forward his/her asylum case.

Weekend hosting…What does it involve?

Many of our clients use our emergency night-shelter during the week. The shelter can only open Monday to Friday making us reliant on weekend hosts to bridge the gap.

As a weekend host you would become one of several households we contact when somebody needs accommodation on a Saturday and Sunday night. It can be as often as you like and we are keen to work with you to make it as convenient for you as possible. Some of our host families have children, others live alone and their ages range from students to the retired.

ASSIST carefully vets guests and only place them with very experienced hosts for the first two weekends they are hosted.

Emergency hosting…What does it involve?

Women who are destitute asylum seekers often find it difficult to use our night-shelter when they first approach us. We are therefore trying, wherever possible, to place them with short-term hosts. As an emergency host, you would be hosting a woman on a temporary basis while ASSIST is sorting out more long-term arrangements for her, i.e. moving in with a long-term host or into one of our shared houses. An emergency hosting arrangement would typically last between one and two weeks, or sometimes up to four.

Your guest would be assessed by ASSIST for any particular needs hosts need to be aware of prior to moving in.

Long term hosting…What does it involve?

Although we now have several shared houses where our clients can live, due to high demand often this is not enough. A long-term host provides accommodation for anything more than 4 weeks and up to a maximum of 6 month during which the guest lives with the host, while receiving support from ASSIST with moving on his/her asylum case. Typically the guest would have previously stayed at the ASSIST night-shelter and will be well-known to us. Where the guest continues to require accommodation after the end of the hosting placement, ASSIST will move him/her into one of our shared houses.

How long you host for is entirely up to you and we will work with you to support you in any way we can. Long term hosting gives you the opportunity to really get to know and form a relationship with an asylum seeker and many people find it to be very rewarding.

What we provide

  • Being part of a unique Sheffield charity made up of people from all walks of life and from around the world
  • Learn about different cultures and make new friends
  • Access to training opportunities, including ASSIST’s ‘Asylum the Basics’ training
  • A small financial contribution to help cover any expenses
  • A dedicated member of the ASSIST hosting support team to support and advice each host

Go to Frequently Asked Questions about hosting asylum seekers