ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution


Last few bookings for Vicky's Pop-up Restaurant, 23 March

7 Mar 2013 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

Sheffield students support ASSIST during refugee week

4 Mar 2013 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.

Help us spread the word about the Unheard Voices website

28 Feb 2013 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.

Free dance sessions in March for female asylum seekers

27 Feb 2013 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

Free gym sessions for refugees and asylum seekers

21 Feb 2013 Football Unites Racism Divides (FURDS) are offering free gym sessions for refugees and asylum seekers at UMIX. Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 – 11:00 at the Umix Centre. For further details download the flyer below.

Volunteer Victor shortlisted for award!

10 Feb 2013 Volunteer Victor Mujakachi has been shortlisted for a High Sheriff award for his service to the community in Sheffield. We are thrilled for Victor who is one of our hardest working volunteers. He manages to fit in being joint leader of the team taking care of our shelter for destitute asylum seekers with roles in the events and finance teams. Not to mention many other volunteer contributions that he makes elsewhere in Sheffield! He is a true unsung hero. The awards reception will be on 6th March. Good luck Victor! More about the awards here:

Fantastic Friday raises £654!

10 Feb 2013 We are thrilled to report that our latest fundraising gig raised an incredible £654.03 in one night!! The Top Shelalas and the Dry Stone Wailers performed in aid of ASSIST on Friday 8 February at the White Lion pub which was packed to the rafters! The music was wonderful and the crowd could not have been more generous. Special thanks to Yo who had the idea for this event and everyone in both bands, and their support.

Assist poet in the news

7 Feb 2013 Volunteer Kevin Hanson has written a book of poems for ASSIST and was featured in the Star newspaper this week. Read his story here:

Assist newsletter hot off the press

7 Feb 2013 It’s here! Our newsletter is out now, with recent highlights from the fundraising calendar, stories from our volunteers and reminders why we need your help financially and in person, as a volunteer or host for an asylum seeker. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this edition of the newsletter, especially our editor in chief Chris Johnson.

What's life like as an asylum seeker on subsistence support?

2 Feb 2013 This article by Zoe Williams asks what is the point of “section 4”? Section 4 is a form of financial support provided by the Home Office for asylum seekers who cannot be returned to their countries. Zoe argues that the way it is provided is subject to many rules and is practically harsh and inflexible. Does making it so unpalatable deter people from coming here or encourage them to leave? As Zoe says, ‘asylum seekers don’t window shop for the best place to flee’ – so the answer is no. Read more here: