ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution


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.

Street collection raises £173!

13 Apr 2013 Our weekend got off to a good start at our street collection on Barker’s Pool today. With the help of the kind people of the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network who topped up our total, we raised £173.72. Thank you everyone! We also managed to hand out loads of flyers for our gig on 11th May with the Free Radicals – a brilliant Sheffield soul and funk band. Read all about that here:

Free Radicals fundraiser on 11th May

9 Apr 2013 The fabulous Free Radicals play for ASSIST – soul, funk and raising money for asylum seekers – what better Saturday night out could you ask for? Date is Saturday 11th May, 7.30-11 pm. The venue has now been confirmed as St. Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Road S11 9AL: Also featuring local poet River Wolton and the Broccoli Hitch Indie band. With many thanks to the Derwent Woodcraft Folk for their support.

No cake for a month in aid of ASSIST

3 Apr 2013 It’s true – supporter Charity Muzondo is going without cake for a month to raise money for ASSIST. And she isn’t stopping there – chocolate is off the shopping list too. We think this willpower definitely deserves support. Can you sponsor Charity? Here is her just giving page for any donations: Good luck!

Café raises £1850 for ASSIST

3 Apr 2013 A café set up and run by volunteers has raised an incredible £1850 for ASSIST. Sheffield resident Vicky Seddon opened her home to 61 friends, colleagues and contacts in March, to enjoy meals prepared and served with the help of family and friends. All the money raised from the people who attended these meals went to ASSIST. Diners were undeterred by ice and snow and kept the café full, with many donating prizes to a raffle held alongside the meals, as well as wine for the tables.

ASSIST selected as a Peace in the Park cause for 2013

3 Apr 2013 ASSIST has been lucky enough to be selected with Roundabout as a cause supported by this year’s Peace in the Park festival in Sheffield. The festival will take place on Saturday 8th June 2013 on the Ponderosa, Netherthorpe. It is a huge honour to have been chosen and we are very grateful to everyone at Peace in the Park. Get the full story here – and find out more about the festival:

The weave of Asylum Support in Sheffield - an article by Robert Spooner

26 Mar 2013 Why is Sheffield such a welcoming City of Sanctuary? Is it its history of non conformism and radicalism [see “Sheffield Troublemakers” by David Price]?

Asylum seekers to face legal squeeze from April

22 Mar 2013 April 2013 brings a new dawn for access to justice in England and Wales. Last year the Government pushed a law through parliament to cut free legal advice or “legal aid”. This law takes effect from April. People who could get free help before because they had little or no money will no longer be able to find a solicitor for some types of case. And even where there is still provision for free advice in the law, in practice it may be hard to find someone to help as advisers struggle to survive under the new regime. What does this mean for migrants?