On August 29th ASSIST shared the stage with the wonderful Abigail Washburn at The Greystones. Abigail is a singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player. Her latest album is called ‘City of Refuge’, which is why it seemed particularly appropriate to ask her if ASSIST could connect with her concert and tell the audience about the experience of asylum seekers in Sheffield.
Esther Northcott will be running in the Great North Run on 2 September in aid of ASSIST. If you would like to sponsor her, go to Esther’s JustGiving page. Thank you for supporting us Esther, and good luck!
A reduction of grant income has forced us to reduce our support to the most needy asylum seekers from £20 to £15 per week. We need to raise an additional £60,000 to maintain even our present, reduced, level of support to asylum seekers in the coming year. Can you help us? Could you afford a monthly donation to ASSIST?
Would you like members of your community group, organisation, church or school to hear first-hand from an asylum seeker about the dangers and challenges they have faced to seek refugee status in Sheffield? We have volunteers who are themselves asylum seekers and who are experienced speakers, willing to talk to community groups and school classes. Working in partnership with City of Sanctuary, we are keen to talk to as many people as possible in the Sheffield area.
On 25th July, the Supreme Court passed judgment in the case of RT and others, ruling that asylum seekers cannot be expected to lie to gain safety in their own countries, whether they are lying about beliefs they actually hold or beliefs they don’t hold.
The Crown Prosecution Service has announced that three private security guards employed by G4S would not be prosecuted over the death of Jimmy Mubenga. Jimmy was an Angolan asylum seeker who died in October 2010 after being restrained during a deportation attempt. To read more, go to The Guardian
Jonathan Saha and Rachel Johnson will be celebrating their wedding on 22 Sept…and they have asked their friends to give a donation to ASSIST instead of buying them a wedding present. “They say it’s better to give than to receive. In this case we won’t be doing either – but you can!
Thank you to everyone who gave their time to come to, and perform at the 6th annual ASSIST World Over Concert! A fantastic crowd of over three hundred people attended and were treated to a wonderful evening of music, dance and performance from around the world! Son de America started the evening so beautifully with their dancing inspired by the rhythms of Mexico. Son Para Todos then continued the Latin American theme with their salsa set.
ASSIST has embarked on a busy summer of events. Look out for our stall at a festival near you.
The outcome of the meeting between Paul Blomfield MP and the Bishop of Sheffield with the Home Office Minister, was that Lemlem was released without conditions while the Home Office considers her case for discretionary leave to stay in UK. She is now back in Sheffield.