This year’s Refugee week will be from 20 to 26 June. Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, educational cultural activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. Anyone can take part by organising or taking part in activities. Find out more at refugeeweek.org.uk
Friends of ASSIST Sheffield run this community workshop on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. They always welcome help, any volunteers, cake or biscuits! Also donations of adult bikes – especially mens’ mountain bikes. For info email comacworkshop (at) gmail.com or call 07981 452174
Britain’s immigration policy traps people in a no man’s land from which there is no escape, writes Polly Toynbee19 Dec 2015 Check out this article in the Guardian (19 December) which explains exactly why ASSIST needs to exist and needs your support.
We have had lots of enquiries about how Sheffield people can help with the current Syrian refugee crisis or support those Syrian refugees who arrive in our city as a result of the crisis.. The few families who arrive in Sheffield from the refugee camps on the Syrian border will be supported and accommodated through the joint Sheffield City Council / Refugee Council Gateway Protection Programme, and will not require hosting via ASSIST.
If you have been moved by recent events and want to join our ongoing effort to support asylum seekers in our city, here are some things you can do…. Become an ASSIST host Give money Volunteer with ASSIST
The ASSIST AGM was held on Tuesday 27 October at Moor Theatre Delicatessen. We had a very enjoyable evening looking back at the past year with our supporters, ASSIST in the wider world and our plans for the future.
The NATIONAL COALITION FOR INDEPENDENT ACTION (NCIA) is concerned with the independence of the voluntary sector, and protecting the capacity for dissent. This was their Sheffield event, and brought together voluntary organisations in Sheffield in a very stimulating and encouraging debate about the need for independence and the challenges of maintaining it in a contract culture.
Over the last few weeks, the author Ali Smith has taken part in the Refugee Tales project. You can read her response here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/27/ali-smith-so-far-the-detainees-tale-extract
We appear to be in the midst of a revolution of sorts. In just a few days (and at the time of writing) nearly 430,000 people have signed a petition asking the UK government to accept more people who are fleeing war and 83,000 have pledged to attend a day of mass action. Thousands of people have offered room in their homes to host refugees. Thousands are lobbying their councils to accept Syrian refugee families in their area.
To hear the stories of Peter, who volunteers as a host for ASSIST, and of Mehdi, one of the asylum seekers he welcomed into his home, go to the BBC i-player. The item starts approximately 8 minutes into the programme.