ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution


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?

Gez writes for Sync City about our work

5 May 2013 ASSIST volunteer Gez has written for a local magazine about our work. Check out his article attached below and find out the other ways that you can support ASSIST. For more about the magazine go to:

Josh runs the half marathon

4 May 2013 Josh is running the half marathon for ASSIST on 12 May. Read more about why below. His target is £700. Can you help him reach it? Donate here: Thank you Josh and good luck! Message from Josh:

Peace in the Park rescheduled to 2014

2 May 2013 We are sorry to say that Peace in the Park 2013 has been cancelled due to a funding shortfall. However the organisers have rescheduled for 2014 and we will work with them to make sure it is the fun, free event that we have always enjoyed to date. Thank you to everyone behind Peace in the Park for a huge amount of hard work so far. Please support their fundraisers for 2014 which are listed below so it can come back next year! Peace in the Park – News Release – 1 May 2013

More free dance for asylum seekers!

30 Apr 2013 FURD is extending its women only dance sessions for asylum seekers and refugees through May. The sessions will have experienced movement teachers to help you find physical and mental well being. The only change is that the session will start slightly later at 11am on Wednesdays (previously 10-30)-12.30pm. The session is followed by a hot meal which is free and FURD pays travel expenses on production of a bus/train ticket. Small expenses can still be paid without these.

Donate £7 and get free poems!

26 Apr 2013 It’s true – a book of original poetry can be yours for just £7 – and all the proceeds will go straight to ASSIST! This has been made possible by the generosity of Kevin Hanson, the poet in question, and his wife Thelma. Kevin’s beautiful book would make a wonderful gift for a friend, or you can keep it to enjoy yourself! Or why not get two? Read Kevin’s story as featured in the Star newspaper:

Mo is a Tough Mudder

26 Apr 2013 Mo Ageel is taking on an incredible challenge to raise money for ASSIST and his local mosque. He is competing in no less than 5 major endurance events (with a few extra 5k runs on the side for fun). The biggest one is “Tough Mudder”, billed as the “toughest event on the planet”. They are not kidding. Mo will have to complete a notorious 12 mile long obstacle course designed by the Special Forces that will see him face mud, ice and potential electrocution before he gets to the end.