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.
When? Saturday 17th October 7:30pmWhere? Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane, S10 2FD.How much? Tickets cost £5 in advance or £7 on the door. Email: efa [at] assistsheffield.org.uk for tickets.
By popular demand, we are once again running the ASSIST Big Tea Party this year! Sign up here to host a Tea Party. The launch of this year’s Big Tea Party will happen at our World Over event on 20 June, and you can hold your Tea Party any time after that date and before the end of the summer
On 2 July the Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced the temporary suspension of the entire detained-fast track system. To read the story of this amazing victory for justice go to the Right to Remain blog 2 July the Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced the temporary suspension of the entire detained-fast track system. Read the story of this amazing victory for justice.
11:00 am Moorfoot + Town Hall, Sheffield A march & rally to urge Sheffield to take more refugees from Syria, and pressure the Government to accept refugees from Calais and the rest of Europe. With speakers: Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty Witnesses from Calais & other refugee camps Refugees already in Sheffield and others Please join in and wear RED!
Jupiter In Jars // Ash Gray // Robbie Thompson // Sarah Morrey // Mari-Liis Tamm. A night of intimate acoustic music in aid of ASSIST Sheffield. SHAKESPEARES – https://www.facebook.com/pages/the-shakespeare/48735485212 146-148 Gibraltar Street DOORS 19:30TICKETS £5 on the door
Our friends at COMAC urgently need to find new premises in order to continue operating. COMAC helps many people, including asylum seekers and refugees, who have difficulties affording public transport by refurbishing donated bikes for their use. It is also a place where local people can bring their bike, and access tools and knowledge to help them maintain or repair it. COMAC is somewhere where asylum seekers can volunteer, feel useful and make friends.