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 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:
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.
Volunteer Kevin Hanson has written a book of poems for ASSIST and was featured in the Star newspaper this week. Read his story here: www.thestar.co.uk/news/verses-from-sheffield-volunteer-1-5380314
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.
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:
The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine, has released a new report highlighting inefficiency and poor service by the UK Border Agency.
ASSIST is delighted to report that we have been awarded a grant from the Homelessness Transition Fund to support the development of our work with homeless asylum seekers. We will now be able to employ an accommodation worker and the fund will make a contribution to our overall running costs. This puts ASSIST in a much more sustainable position for the year ahead.
To begin the New Year with some good news… the response to the appeal we launched before Christmas to raise funds for ASSIST has been very encouraging. Over £9,000 has been raised so far! Whilst we still have a need for funds, we are most definitely in a better position than a few weeks ago. Why we are appealing for more donations Grant funding is more difficult to find than at any time in the last 10 years. This is why we are relying on donations from our supporters more than ever.
ASSIST client Clara Chifamba has spoken about the way ASSIST has helped her during difficult times in an article for the Guardian by Laura Page. Read Clara’s comments here: www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jan/07/five-people-living-margins-m...