ASSIST offers training and background information on the asylum system for all those who work with Asylum Seekers and Refugees. This training is available to all; current volunteers and external individuals or organisations. It covers:
Two members of ASSIST’s Interpreting Team have gained NVQ Level 1 qualifications in Understanding Community Interpreting, and are now studying for Level 2 with WEA Sheffield. The team leader, an asylum seeker himself, strongly encourages members of the team to sign up for the course. There is a dire shortage of interpreters in the UK law courts, and interpreting with ASSIST provides valuable experience for volunteers who aim to work as professional interpreters in due course.
ASSIST supporter and local artist, Annie Anthony, decided to use her stall at this year’s Art in the Gardens event held in the Botanical Gardens on 6th and 7th September, to spread the word about ASSIST’s work, and to raise funds for us. Friends and neighbours of Annie’s rallied round to help run the stall over the entire weekend. A big thank you to everyone involved, and particularly to Annie.
This year’s Carol Service is on Saturday December 13th at 3pm at St Mary’s, Bramall Lane. Please join us for carols, candlelight and togetherness. People of all faiths and no faith are welcome to take part in this festive event. If you can help us to publicise this event, please click on the image below to download a flyer.
Weds 26 November from 6pm to 9pm at the Central United Reform Church, Norfolk Street The keynote speaker will be Mike Kaye, the advocacy manager of Still Human Still Here, the network against destitution which ASSIST joined earlier this year. Tea or coffee on arrival, Party to follow! Please bring food to share if you can.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform everyone of the sad passing away of Richard Hanson, a Wednesday welcomer, at The Night Shelter. Richard was a member of Christ Church. He and other members of the church community were instrumental in the setting up of the Night Shelter way before it became part of ASSIST.
Why not donate it to our friends at the COMAC project? The project has helps many people, including asylum seekers and refugees, who have difficulties affording public transport. 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 also somewhere where asylum seekers can volunteer, feel useful and make friends.
Venue: The Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane Tickets are £5 or £6 on the door. Doors open at 7:30pm. To book your tickets please email efa [at] assistsheffield.org.uk or phone Robert on 0114 275 4960 The gig will feature soul band The Reluctants and singer-songwriter Arash Shafiei Sabet (We are sorry that The Yorkshire Teabags have had to cancel owing to illness. A big thank you to Arash for stepping in.)
Obtaining ‘Leave to Remain’, whether it is Indefinite Leave to Remain or Leave to Remain for a specified period of time, is a huge milestone for people who have arrived in Sheffield seeking asylum. For the time being, at least, they are no longer living with the threat of being removed and sent back to face the very dangers that made them flee from their homeland. Gone is the ‘no recourse to public funds’ status which many endure for years.
‘Where is Joe?’ you are probably asking yourself. How far has he got on his amazing bike trip to Singapore?…and how is his sponsorship in aid of ASSIST going? STOP PRESS: Joe has reached Istanbul and has decided there stay there for a while. He will be working to raise funds to continue his journey, hopefully next year. And also doing some voluntary work. He says a big THANK YOU to everyone who has sponsored him so far.