ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution


‘Leave to Remain’…a huge milestone to be celebrated and whole new set of problems to be faced

18 Aug 2014 Obtaining ‘Leave to Remain’, whether it is Indefinite Leave to Remain or Leave to Remain for a specified period of time, is a huge milestone for people who have arrived in Sheffield seeking asylum. For the time being, at least, they are no longer living with the threat of being removed and sent back to face the very dangers that made them flee from their homeland. Gone is the ‘no recourse to public funds’ status which many endure for years.

Where is Joe? Sponsor him in return for his huge effort for ASSIST

17 Jul 2014 ‘Where is Joe?’ you are probably asking yourself. How far has he got on his amazing bike trip to Singapore?…and how is his sponsorship in aid of ASSIST going? STOP PRESS: Joe has reached Istanbul and has decided there stay there for a while. He will be working to raise funds to continue his journey, hopefully next year. And also doing some voluntary work. He says a big THANK YOU to everyone who has sponsored him so far.

Join us for our 2014 Card Making Workshop

16 Jul 2014 Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 12:00 to 15:00 Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Room 46. Do you have a few hours to spare? Do you like being creative? Come to ASSIST’s annual card making workshop. Any suitable designs created will be used to print up greetings cards to be sold on our stall at various events during the coming year. Card sales provide an important stream of income that helps ASSIST to carry on with its work, challenging asylum destitution and helping asylum seekers in Sheffield.

Join us for our 2014 World Over Concert

11 Jun 2014 This year’s World Over Concert will be on Saturday 6 September at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane starting at 7.00 Join us to celebrate the diversity of musical and artistic talent here in Sheffield. Among the performers will be..

SYMAAG petition asks council not to sign contracts with G4S

4 Jun 2014 Here is the wording of the petition…

Myra Davis

29 May 2014 It is with great sadness that we must announce that Myra Davis passed away on Sunday, in Brighton. Myra spent the last week of her life surrounded by close family, and we were fortunate in Sheffield that she stayed to see as many as she could of the people to whom she is ‘family’ here. Myra was the original founder of both ASSIST and the Sheffield Conversation Club. She inspired others with the vision and the need for both, and brought people together to make them happen.

Come to our ceilidh with the Well Dressed Band!..on 20 July

26 May 2014 You are invited to join ASSIST and the Well Dressed Band for a ‘Home Grown Ceilidh’ at The Broomspring Centre on Sunday 20 July 2014 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

Body of Sound tea party raises £600

18 May 2014 This afternoon we went to a special tea party put on in aid of ASSIST by Sheffield women’s choir, Body of Sound. Donations raised from guests at the event came to an incredible £600.59! The choir had arranged tea, juice and a huge range of cakes, and gave a lovely performance of old and new songs throughout the afternoon that finished with an impromptu dance in the final number. They were also supported by all female trio the Bints. All the singing was a cappella and outside, making the most of a beautiful location and the sunny weather.

Free Radicals gig raises £700

12 May 2014 The Free Radicals played a brilliant gig in aid of ASSIST at the Broomhall centre this weekend. Their high energy set of soul and funk classics (and some newer hits right up to 2013!) kept everyone dancing. We were thrilled to get great feedback from guests who loved the music. We would like to thank everyone who came for raising £700 in profit to go towards our work with asylum seekers. This is a huge amount for us and we are so grateful to the Free Radicals, who played without charge and gave everyone such a good night.

Memorial for Myra

7 May 2014 A memorial event for Myra Davis will take place on Saturday 5 July at the Central United Reformed Church in Sheffield. This is an event that is being organised by people from different groups, not just ASSIST, and is open to anyone who wishes to attend.