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»

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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
“In this country, it’s so cold in the winter that you can die when you’re living in the streets and without food you get desperate. When you’re cold, hungry and desperate, you’ll do anything for food. You’ll steal. You’ll look through bins. You’ll do bad things that make you a bad man. If someone gives you a chance to be warm and eat, you have the chance to be a good man. Without this chance, you can’t be a good man. The chance can change your life.”
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
“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
“I got weekly money and help to move me on to Section 4.”
an ASSIST client