ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution


Asylum seekers are part of our community

24 Jun 2013 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. Great article Erin and great message, thank you!

Legal aid debate in parliament 27 June

24 Jun 2013 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 visits FURD

13 Jun 2013 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 .

FURD conference 20 June

13 Jun 2013 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.

National march for dignity 29 June

12 Jun 2013 On Saturday 29 June people throughout the country will march in support of asylum seekers and against destitution. What’s the plan for Sheffield? Meet: 11am on Ellesmere Green, at the top of Spital Hill, Sheffield S4 Arrive: 12.30pm at Sheffield City Hall for rally and speakers March: at 1pm to Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane Sheffield S2 4QZ via The Moor. Our march is part of a national day of action. The twitter hashtag is #Dignity2013 Why Are We Marching?

Join us for ASSIST's Big Tea Party launch and 10th birthday celebration on 5th October

11 Jun 2013 Come along and help us celebrate ASSIST’s 10th Birthday and the launch of our Big Tea Party fundraiser….of course, we are having a Tea Party! SATURDAY, 5TH OCTOBER, 2PM TO 4PM, AT THE CENTRAL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH ON NORFOLK STREET

ASSIST world music concert on 15th June

3 Jun 2013 Please join us for the 7th annual ASSIST World Over Concert, taking place at Firth Hall Sheffield University, Western Bank, on Saturday 15th June, 7:30pm. Come and celebrate the wonderful and diverse communities that make up Sheffield with an evening of singing, dancing, music, poetry and even a refugee fashion parade! Featuring: - Umubano Congolese Choir – Lovely harmonies via the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A volunteer writes about Conversation Club

24 May 2013 “Welcome to Conversation Club. We are a tree with many branches. We are strong because we agree to respect each other’s confidentiality and personal privacy with courtesy for the wellbeing of the whole tree.” An article by Lily Tomson who is a Conversation Club volunteer currently taking a gap year before going to university.

Got a spare room? Become a host with ASSIST!

23 May 2013 Hello, my name is Jochen and I have recently started working with ASSIST as the accommodation development worker. In my role I want to make sure that all of our clients who have been left destitute and homeless have a safe place to stay while they are trying to get their asylum claim back on track.

More legal aid cuts

16 May 2013 Just when you thought it was all over – the Government announced more plans to slash legal aid in a new consultation “Transforming Legal Aid”. We reported on the plans to change legal aid that would take place in April here: Now the Government wants to restrict access to justice even further. One of the main targets is criminal legal aid. But migrants are also in the firing line.