A very special fundraising initiative has raised an incredible amount of money for ASSIST this year. Supporter Vicky Seddon hosted meals in her home over several dates, and here is her message to all those who took part: “Vicky’s Cafe has achieved its purpose: it has helped Vicky to raise the her £3500 target. In fact, with the Cafe and her 70th birthday gifts, the total is now £3681.58. And that is before the gift aid is added on, which will bring it to about £4500.
Sheffield University is offering two special scholarships to study any undergraduate degree – these are open to asylum seekers and those who have previously claimed asylum and are unable to access mainstream student finance (for example if they now have discretionary leave to remain). Applications must be in before the end of May. For more see here: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/finance/asylumseeker_scholarship
Please join us once again for our World Over concert on 20th June 2015, 7.30pm, at St Andrew’s Hall, 19 St. Andrew’s Road,Nether Edge, S11 9AL. (Number 4 and 22 buses go to Nether Edge) Back by popular demand, ASSIST Sheffield presents to you the World Over concert. This year World Over has had a makeover! Instead of focusing on the numerous different cultures that are present in Sheffield, we have decided to explore the hugely diverse set of cultures from one continent: Africa!
As if working for the Green Alliance and volunteering for the local Wildlife Trust weren’t enough to be getting on with, Amy Mount has also signed up to run the ‘Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield’ in aid of ASSIST Sheffield.
We are currently looking for 2 to 3 female volunteers that will take the lead in supporting a small group of female asylum seekers and other volunteers to learn and develop basic skills to plant and grow vegetables, fruits and flowers at the ASSIST women’s house allotment.
Our latest annual report is now available for download. Download ASSIST 2013-14 Annual report
A Joint Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All Party Group on Migration into the use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom has analysed the current practice employed by the Home Office.
The government has today made a U-turn on its decision to reduce the weekly rate of section 95 support for children by £16. The adult rate will still be raised by 33p.
A new Home Office rule, coming into force on March 30th, will force asylum seekers to travel to Liverpool if they want to submit new evidence for their case. What’s more, there won’t be any help for those who can’t afford the journey. Please do take the time to sign the petition which can be accessed via the Refugee Action website
Meltem Avcil, who as a child experienced the terror of being detained in Yarl’s Wood, is petitioning Theresa may to end the detention of women who are seeking asylum and to close Yarl’s Wood. In Meltem’s words… “Right now, there are hundreds of women locked up in Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire. These women have not committed any crime. They have come to this country to seek asylum, to find refuge from persecution.