ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution


Donate your first new fiver!

3 Oct 2016 The new £5 note has been launched and it has inspired people to give the first one they receive to charity. One of our supporters has already donated their first new fiver to ASSIST. It would be wonderful if you’d like to do the same. You are welcome to drop your £5 in to our office or bring it to one of forthcoming events such as our AGM.

Calling ASSIST supporters...can you help us equip our new office space?

16 Sep 2016 At long last we are acquiring some more space so that our office team will no longer be so squashed and conditions will be more pleasant for everyone. We’d be really grateful if anyone could help us with the following to furnish the new rooms.. mini-fridge hot water dispenser (2-3 litre water heater) tea/coffee station (small cupboard, or similar, we can use for this purpose). key safe We are happy with second-hand donations, or people offering to buy the items for us (we have a wishlist).

Admin volunteers needed!

14 Sep 2016 The ASSIST office is in need of Admin volunteers – can you help? The ASSIST office supports the work of all of ASSIST’s 200+ volunteers spread over 15 individual teams – who do everything from client casework to grant applications. It is also the base for ASSIST’s two full-time and three part-time staff.

Join us at our AGM on Tuesday 18 October

6 Sep 2016 ASSIST’s Annual General MeetingTuesday, October 18th 2016, 6.30pmMoor Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor, Sheffield S1 4PF Thank you very much for your support over the last year. ASSIST would like to invite all our wonderful friends and supporters to our annual AGM and supporter meeting. The event will be a celebration of all that has been achieved this year and a look to the challenges we face in the year ahead.

Read the Refugee Council's top 20 facts about refugees and asylum seekers

27 Aug 2016 To mark the Government’s publication of migration statistics for the first half of 2016, the Refugee Council have published a list of top 20 facts based on the latest asylum stats. To read them go to the Refugee Council’s website.

Images from our 2016 Fundraising Dinner

27 Aug 2016 In June this year we celebrated Refugee week by holding a Fundraising Dinner at Channing Hall and we are pleased to report that the event raised £1,700 for ASSIST. This was a fantastic total considering it was the very first time we’d put on an event of this type and magnitude. Our thanks go to all the 98 wonderful guests who came to the dinner. We really do appreciate your support (and your patience when parts of the catering operation didn’t go entirely to plan!)

Bake Sale and Bake Off in aid of ASSIST at the Red Deer on 1 September

26 Aug 2016 What’s more fun than a bake sale? ……A friendly baking competition with prizes to be won of course! It’s fundraising time, and in honour of the impending return of GBBO to our screens, the Red Deer are holding a bake off of their very own on Thurs 1 Sept, between 12 noon and closing time. Here’s what they say…

Double your donation

21 Aug 2016 Donate up to £10 today and you donation will be doubled! ** If you donate through Local Giving This is for a limited time only, so hurry! We think it will run out by Monday! Thank you!

English language course scholarships for asylum seekers available from the University of Sheffield

14 Aug 2016 The University of Sheffield are pleased to offer five scholarships for those who have sought refuge in the UK. There are 2 different types of English language courses and the scholarships cover the cost of tuition fees. The scholarships are available for students who are 18+ and who meet certain criteria. The closing dates for applications are on 9 September and 16 December 2016. For further details or to apply go to the university’s website.

International Soundclash Weekender (20,21,22 October) to raise funds for ASSIST

9 Aug 2016 Mango Disco’s INTERNATIONAL SOUNDCLASH WEEKENDER is the first ever not-for-profit crowdfunded international music festival organised in Sheffield. Following the success of previous Mango Disco events it will be hosted in several venues across the city during 20, 21, 22 of October 2016. All profits will be donated to three charities MSF, Assist (Sheffield) and Hummingbird Project. This is a crowd-funded event so get behind it if you can.