ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution


Parliamentary Joint Inquiry criticises UK immigration detention periods and conditions

25 Mar 2015 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.

Update: Government U-turns on cuts to Asylum support rates for children

24 Mar 2015 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.

Please sign the Fairness not Fares petition

19 Mar 2015 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

Theresa May is petitioned to end the detention of women who seek asylum

4 Mar 2015 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.

STAR presents Refugee Rhythms

19 Feb 2015 Our friends at Student Action for Refugees (STAR) are organising a gig in aid of ASSIST and Conversation Club…..Fri 13 Mar 15, 8:30 to 1:00, Yellow Arch Studios Refugee Rhythms will feature….

You are invited to Vicky's cafe

4 Feb 2015 Supporter Vicky Seddon has raised an incredible £1101 from meals hosted in aid of ASSIST at the end of last year. She is now running Phase 2 of her dining fundraiser – read more and contact Vicky to book your place. Vicky’s Cafe will be open again this month and next! You are warmly invited to come and dine, and to help me raise money for Assist.

Dine for ASSIST

23 Nov 2014 ASSIST supporter Vicky Seddon is doing fundraising for us in a unique style – please see her message below. Message from Vicky Vicky’s cafe Broomhill Once again, I am making a bit of an effort to raise funds for Assist, the charity that supports destitute refugees and asylum seekers, here in Sheffield, so that they feel welcomed, and can have a new start in their lives. So Vicky’s Cafe will be open again!

ASSIST needs a volunteer Events Organiser...could that be you?

21 Nov 2014 Do you get a buzz from making things happen?Are you a good organiser who likes working as part of a team? If so, come and help us to get all our ducks in a row ! Volunteer as an Events Organiser with ASSIST We are looking for people to organise events right through from the initial idea to the happening. Ideally, you should be able to commit to volunteering with us for a minimum of a year.

ASSIST offers 'Asylum: The basics' training

19 Nov 2014 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:

Congratulations to members of ASSIST's Interpreting team!

22 Oct 2014 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.