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.
Please see a message below about an upcoming talk on Zimbabwe hosted by SYMAAG and the SYRLJ AGM: Dear all You are warmly invited to the 2nd South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice AGM, which will be held on Tuesday 16th July from 5.30 – 6.30 p.m. at St Matthews Parish Rooms, Carver Street, Sheffield S1 4FE (please note change of venue: the AGM is not at the Quaker Meeting house). Light refreshments will be available.
The Government has announced an intention to change its original plan to take away client choice in criminal legal aid: www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/justice-secretary-chris-grayling-...
Sheffield’s Art in the Park is putting on a creative and exciting event in the city centre on Saturday 7th September and needs volunteers and performers. Can you help?
In an article for the Guardian ASSIST volunteer Erin talks about volunteering and why we should get to know asylum seekers beyond the media stereotypes. www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jun/18/asylum-seekers-valuable-members-c... Great article Erin and great message, thank you!
The Government has new plans to cut legal aid that will affect all ASSIST clients. Parliament will debate the proposals on Thursday 27 June. It may be the only chance for a proper discussion of the Government’s radical plans. Can you ask your MP to attend? The proposals will bring in huge changes to criminal legal aid, including removing the right to choose your own solicitor to help you in a criminal case.
Palestinian footballer and ex political prisoner unites with refugees and asylum seekers at FURD! Mahmoud Sarsak is a talented midfielder for the Palestinian national football team whose career was destroyed by three years of detention without charge or trial in an Israeli jail .
Football? A shared sense of belonging? On Thursday, 20th June, FURD is hosting a FREE conference to mark the conclusion of their three year Big Lottery funded research project, ‘Football: A Shared Sense of Belonging?’ about the role of football in the lives of refugees and asylum seekers. The findings from the research will be outlined and supporting presentations will be provided by a panel of experts in the field. We will highlight examples of good practice and discuss barriers to working with new arrivals.