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.
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?