ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution


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.

Well done half marathon runners!

12 May 2013 Congratulations to ASSIST fundraisers Tony, Anna and Josh who all completed the Sheffield half marathon today to raise money for our work. Josh finished after only 1 hour 26 minutes and Tony and Anna completed the course in 1 hour 45 minutes. Well done! The fundraising totals are also looking impressive but they would still appreciate your help to increase them – could we make it £1000 together? You can donate here:

How sport can make us more inclusive

12 May 2013 Tracy Litterick, ASSIST volunteer and Volunteer Manager at Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD) attended an international conference, ‘Freekick for Equality-Tackling Homophobia and Racism Together” in Bratislava recently. She was invited to deliver a workshop on ‘Sport and Inclusion: Underrepresentation of marginalised groups and minorities’, with Des Tomlinson from the Football Association of Ireland and Maurizio Pratesi from the Football Association of Finland.

Free Radicals gig raises over £1000!

12 May 2013 Thank you to the Free Radicals for putting on a fantastic performance on Saturday 11th May in aid of ASSIST. Over 100 people got up and danced the night away to classic soul and funk hits. The encore number “Enjoy yourself” could not have been more apt as everyone left with a smile on their face. We also had the brilliant Broccoli Hitch band and River Wolton reading her poetry in support. Thank you to all three acts, and also to the Woodcraft Folk for helping us so well behind the scenes.

Anna & Tony run for ASSIST

5 May 2013 We have two more runners who will be pounding the streets for ASSIST in the half marathon on Sunday 12th May. Anna and Tony have raised an impressive amount between them. Can you help increase their total?