Folk star Kathryn Tickell performed ‘Northumbrian Voices’ at the Library Theatre on Wednesday 24th October in aid of ASSIST. It was a great concert and we got the chance to chat to lots of people and tell them about the plight of asylum seekers and the works of ASSIST. A big Thank you to Kathryn.
ASSIST would like to thank AVIVA who have generously contributed £300 towards the cost of the 2012 World Over Concert. This means that even more of the funds we raised at the concert can go directly to supporting destitute asylum seekers in Sheffield. Thank you, AVIVA!
We are considering selling ASSIST T-shirts as part of our fundraising efforts and need to know whether there’s a market out there! If you would like to buy one (or more) of our t-shirts, please go to Contact us and use the ‘website feedback’ category on the e-mail form. Let me know…
Thank you to everyone out fundraising for ASSIST this weekend. The Great Yorkshire run saw Esther and Sam do their sponsors proud as they completed a 10k course in the centre of Sheffield. Sam managed an amazing time of 40 minutes! You can still support Esther and Sam by donating on their just giving pages here: www.justgiving.com/SamNaz and www.justgiving.com/Esther-Northcott
On August 29th ASSIST shared the stage with the wonderful Abigail Washburn at The Greystones. Abigail is a singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player. Her latest album is called ‘City of Refuge’, which is why it seemed particularly appropriate to ask her if ASSIST could connect with her concert and tell the audience about the experience of asylum seekers in Sheffield.
Esther Northcott will be running in the Great North Run on 2 September in aid of ASSIST. If you would like to sponsor her, go to Esther’s JustGiving page. Thank you for supporting us Esther, and good luck!
A reduction of grant income has forced us to reduce our support to the most needy asylum seekers from £20 to £15 per week. We need to raise an additional £60,000 to maintain even our present, reduced, level of support to asylum seekers in the coming year. Can you help us? Could you afford a monthly donation to ASSIST?
Would you like members of your community group, organisation, church or school to hear first-hand from an asylum seeker about the dangers and challenges they have faced to seek refugee status in Sheffield? We have volunteers who are themselves asylum seekers and who are experienced speakers, willing to talk to community groups and school classes. Working in partnership with City of Sanctuary, we are keen to talk to as many people as possible in the Sheffield area.
On 25th July, the Supreme Court passed judgment in the case of RT and others, ruling that asylum seekers cannot be expected to lie to gain safety in their own countries, whether they are lying about beliefs they actually hold or beliefs they don’t hold.
The Crown Prosecution Service has announced that three private security guards employed by G4S would not be prosecuted over the death of Jimmy Mubenga. Jimmy was an Angolan asylum seeker who died in October 2010 after being restrained during a deportation attempt. To read more, go to The Guardian