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...
Download ASSIST’s 2011 – 2012 Annual Report
Don’t miss the article by ASSIST volunteer, Lynsey Jefferies, in the latest edition (edition 57) of ‘Now Then’. You can pick up a free copy of the magazine in various outlets around Sheffield or you can read the article online.
Extra chairs had to be brought in to accommodate friends and supporters of ASSIST at this year’s Carol Service, held at St Mary’s Church on Bramall Lane on 9th December.