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: www.peaceinthepark.org.uk/news
Why is Sheffield such a welcoming City of Sanctuary? Is it its history of non conformism and radicalism [see “Sheffield Troublemakers” by David Price]?
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?
We are very proud to announce that ASSIST volunteer Victor Mujakachi has been highly commended by the High Sheriff of Sheffield in her 2013 awards for volunteering. His category was “Unsung hero” and the commendation recognised “valuable and devoted service to the community”.
Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD) is introducing a new football session! The existing session proved so popular they have set up another one for football fans in the city. Here is the full list of activity sessions on offer at FURD: Tuesdays – Football 10-12am – no gym. (new session! mixed men and women) Wednesdays – Gym session 10-11 am, Football 11am-1 pm (both mixed men and women) plus dance group with a tutor 10.30-12 (women only)
Students from the University of Sheffield Amnesty and Student Action for Refugees (STAR) groups have together raised over £1000 for ASSIST through their efforts during Refugee Week. Student Action for Refugees organised a sleepout on 9 March, staying out all night despite the snow to raise almost £500 for ASSIST and explain to passers by about the work of ASSIST.
Supporter Vicky Seddon aims to raise £1000 for ASSIST by opening her home in Sheffield as a restaurant in March. But reserve your table now – there are only four days to book. The kitchen will be open for service on these dates: Sunday 3 March Buffet Lunch £18 to include a glass of wine 12.30 for 1.00 Friday 15 March 3 Course Dinner £26 to include a glass of wine 7.00 for 7.30
A group of 8 students will be marking refugee week by mirroring the experience of the many thousand destitute asylum seekers across the country, as they undertake the challenge of living for a week on just £10. In the process they aim to raise funds for ASSIST. From March 5th to the 10th Phil, Anna, Will, Bex, Anya, Nick, Sara and Sophie from the University of Sheffield’s Amnesty International Society will be casting away the usual luxuries a student may enjoy, swapping takeaways and nights out for the more frugal existence that a £10 budget permits.
If you know people who have yet to be persuaded that asylum seekers in Sheffield deserve our support, send them the link to the brilliant Unheard Voices website. Here they can listen to asylum seekers relating their firsthand experience of how they came to seek asylum and how they were affected when their claims were disbelieved and their applications for asylum were turned down leaving them destitute.
FURD is offering free dance sessions in March for female asylum seekers and refugees. They will also pay travel expenses. The sessions will have experienced movement teachers to help you find physical and mental well being. Sessions are every week from 6 March at the U-MIX centre (17 Asline Road, S2 4UJ, from 1030 am. You can contact them in advance or just turn up on the day. For more details please contact Tracy at FURD: 07583 295610