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?

From time to time we organise drop-in sessions for people who are interested in volunteering for ASSIST. We don’t have any of these sessions planned at the moment, but if you like to know about any current volunteering opportunities, please contact us on 0114 275 4960 or email volunteer [at] assistsheffield.org.uk.

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
“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
“If I didn't meet ASSIST I wouldn't be alive. I was nearly deported and the ASSIST campaign saved me. They wrote to their MPs and ran a big campaign for me. I was in detention so I didn't know what people were doing for me outside. I learned about it later - it was on the internet, in the newspaper - it was unbelievable.”
an ASSIST client
“ASSIST is a centre for raising awareness. Many people have come to volunteer - students, refugees themselves...people learn about destitution. It is important to have interaction with someone who's destitute, very important.”
Refugee / Asylum seeker volunteer
“The most important thing ASSIST gives is information, for example about finding a solicitor.”
an ASSIST client