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.
On Saturday the 3rd of November, ASSIST ran a stall at the Peace and Craft fair selling affordable Christmas presents and uniquely designed cards, previously created by asylum seekers and volunteers at a craft event. ASSIST provided informative literature and enthusiastic volunteers to attract and enlighten the public about the charity. It is fair to say that the event was a success, with a few donation forms well placed upon the table.
Do you need a last minute present for someone? Can’t face the crush at Meadowhall? Why not do it online and raise money for ASSIST? ASSIST will get £5 for every person who signs up to “Give as you Live” by clicking on the link below (after they spend £10 online). Give as you Live brings together thousands of stores that have signed up to donate a percentage of every purchase made online to ASSIST without charging you a penny more.
ASSIST has been nominated for a 2012 Transition Award because of the things that we do to help people in Sheffield to create sustainable communities. The award winners will be announced at a celebratory event on Thursday 29th November. Go to the Transition Sheffield website to find out more.