ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution


We are a Waitrose charity for May!

26 Apr 2015 ASSIST has been chosen as a charity for Waitrose in central Sheffield to support in the month of May. Every month three local charities are chosen to receive a proportion of £1000 from the store, and shoppers are given tokens at the end of their shop so they can cast a vote to decide who gets the biggest amount. So if you are passing by and need to top up your shopping please vote for ASSIST! The dates to visit are 1st May-31st May and the store is Waitrose at 1-3 Ecclesall Road.

Vicky's cafe raises £4500

26 Apr 2015 A very special fundraising initiative has raised an incredible amount of money for ASSIST this year. Supporter Vicky Seddon hosted meals in her home over several dates, and here is her message to all those who took part: “Vicky’s Cafe has achieved its purpose: it has helped Vicky to raise the her £3500 target. In fact, with the Cafe and her 70th birthday gifts, the total is now £3681.58. And that is before the gift aid is added on, which will bring it to about £4500.

Asylum seeker scholarships

26 Apr 2015 Sheffield University is offering two special scholarships to study any undergraduate degree – these are open to asylum seekers and those who have previously claimed asylum and are unable to access mainstream student finance (for example if they now have discretionary leave to remain). Applications must be in before the end of May. For more see here:

Come to our World Over Concert on 20th June

14 Apr 2015 Please join us once again for our World Over concert on 20th June 2015, 7.30pm, at St Andrew’s Hall, 19 St. Andrew’s Road,Nether Edge, S11 9AL. (Number 4 and 22 buses go to Nether Edge) Back by popular demand, ASSIST Sheffield presents to you the World Over concert. This year World Over has had a makeover! Instead of focusing on the numerous different cultures that are present in Sheffield, we have decided to explore the hugely diverse set of cultures from one continent: Africa!

Amy gets her running shoes on in aid of ASSIST

9 Apr 2015 As if working for the Green Alliance and volunteering for the local Wildlife Trust weren’t enough to be getting on with, Amy Mount has also signed up to run the ‘Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield’ in aid of ASSIST Sheffield.

Love gardening? Interested in people? Try exciting new volunteer post

30 Mar 2015 We are currently looking for 2 to 3 female volunteers that will take the lead in supporting a small group of female asylum seekers and other volunteers to learn and develop basic skills to plant and grow vegetables, fruits and flowers at the ASSIST women’s house allotment.

Our 2013-14 Annual Report

30 Mar 2015 Our latest annual report is now available for download. Download ASSIST 2013-14 Annual report

Parliamentary Joint Inquiry criticises UK immigration detention periods and conditions

25 Mar 2015 A Joint Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All Party Group on Migration into the use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom has analysed the current practice employed by the Home Office.

Update: Government U-turns on cuts to Asylum support rates for children

24 Mar 2015 The government has today made a U-turn on its decision to reduce the weekly rate of section 95 support for children by £16. The adult rate will still be raised by 33p.

Please sign the Fairness not Fares petition

19 Mar 2015 A new Home Office rule, coming into force on March 30th, will force asylum seekers to travel to Liverpool if they want to submit new evidence for their case. What’s more, there won’t be any help for those who can’t afford the journey. Please do take the time to sign the petition which can be accessed via the Refugee Action website