The Government has new plans to cut back the right to access health care for migrants. The South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group is holding an information evening so you can find out more, and crucially, find out what you can do! Entry is free. Bring yourself, bring friends, get active to fight for rights that belong to us all. Details of the event and a flyer are below. When : TUESDAY 29th OCTOBER 2013. 7pm to 9pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
The launch of our Big Tea Party fundraiser took place yesterday – starting a month of tea parties by our supporters to raise money for ASSIST. It was also the start of our birthday celebrations as ASSIST is 10 this year. MP Paul Blomfield started proceedings by speaking about the importance of welcome in Sheffield. He said we should get on the front foot in the public discourse about migration and not be defensive when talking about it. In his view, Sheffield was a richer, stronger and better city because of its diversity.
Here are some ways you can help us to make the ASSIST BIG TEA PARTY a success…
ASSIST is offering a training course on ‘Asylum – the basics’ to external participants. This course provides essential background information for anyone who works with asylum seekers and refugees.
Register now to hold an ASSIST Big Tea Party Hold a Tea Party at your home, workplace or a venue of your choice and collect a donation to ASSIST from each of your guests…Raise some funds for us, spread the word about ASSIST, show off your baking skills, have fun and eat cake! Organisations and groups are more than welcome to join the party too. Maybe you belong to..
To get your BIG TEA PARTY ideas onto this page so you can share them with other hosts, email bigteaparty [at] assistsheffield.org.uk Recipes to try at your Tea Party Cherry and Almond cake (Cath’s all time favourite – make it a few days in advance to achieve perfection!) 225 g butter 225 g castor sugar (preferably golden) 4 eggs whisked 225 g plain flour
News flash – 5-a-side Football Tournament in September to raise money for Sheffield charities. Peace in the Park are collaborating with local charities Assist and Roundabout to put on a family friendly 5-a-side football tournament. Any teams are welcome to apply (male, female, mixed gender, and under 18s) and there will be prizes! Alongside the tournament, there will be food and other family-friendly activities throughout the day. When? Sunday 22nd September 2013 at the Ponderosa Park in Sheffield, from 11-5pm.
ASSIST presents the Community Rendez-vous project, a project that sought to bring together two communities in Sheffield: French speakers from the refugee and asylum seeker community, and students learning French at the University.
Could you spare a night a month to volunteer and sleep over in ASSIST’s shelter for asylum seekers? We have an urgent need for new volunteers. We only a have a small core of active volunteers at the moment so are looking for extra people to join us – men and women, of all ages. We are grateful for whatever time you can spare, whether it is one night a month or more. This is the perfect way to make a difference to clients directly. Read about volunteering at the nightshelter here:
An inquest into the death of Jimmy Mubenga has found that his death was “unlawful killing”. Jimmy Mubenga died on a plane bound for Angola, where he was due to be deported. The agents of a private security firm escorting him, G4S, forcibly restrained him for more than half an hour and the inquest jury found they had used unreasonable force and acted in an unlawful manner. This case has thrown open the debate about the use of force by private contractors employed to remove individuals from the UK, and how we should treat those in the care of the state.