ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution

Resources for asylum seekers

If you are an asylum seeker in need of ASSIST’s support…

Please come to our Help Desk at the Council drop-in at Victoria Hall on a Wednesday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm.

Use the main church entrance on Norfolk Street, opposite the Crucible Theatre. (See map on this page).

An ASSIST volunteer will talk to you to find out about your situation and your needs.

Please note that the Help Desk is often very busy and you may need to wait in a queue.

Other local resources

Homeless and Rootless at Christmas (HARC)

Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project, Campo Lane, Sheffield S1 2EF

Open for hot meals, drinks, company and entertainment.

Hairdresser, chiropodist, dentist, clothing store and access to medical services will also be available.

9.30am to 7pm daily from Saturday 24 December to Sunday 1 January. 9.30am to 12 noon on 1 January

Tel: 07523 927318
e-Mail: harc.sheffield [at]

Sheffield Conversation Club

For refugees and asylum seekers the club offers English practice and some basic English teaching together with quite a lot of orientation and cultural input plus fun, welcome and friendship.

The club meets two afternoons a week in the City Centre.

It is free, and anyone is welcome.

Conversation Club organises cultural outings, for example to museums, films, other cities, archaeology sites, exhibitions, the seaside.

Women’s Conversation Club Sheffield

Women’s Conversation Club allow refugee and asylum seeker women to come together with English-speaking volunteers in a safe, relaxed, women-only environment. They offer the opportunity for women to meet local volunteers and other refugee and asylum seeking women from the area, practice their English, build confidence, and develop new skills.

Women’s Conversation Club is free and does not need to be pre-booked, you can just turn up on the day. Children are welcome at all clubs, and free childcare is provided at some sessions.

ASSIST Art Workshop

We hold regular art workshops for refugees and asylum seekers. For more details go to the news item about the workshops

Sheffield City Libraries

Sheffield Central Library on Surrey Street is a warm, safe, mostly quiet place to spend time. There are books, magazines and newspapers on offer in a variety of languages, also quick reads aimed at adults learning English.

ARC cards can be used as ID to join the library, and membership allows you to borrow books (and CDs & DVDs, though there is a charge for this), and to access a range of websites that the library subscribes to, including the Life in Great Britain Citizenship online course

There are also 27 community libraries scattered around Sheffield. All the libraries have free internet access, and many of them have regular events such as storytime for children, reading groups, and coffee mornings.

Information about all the library services can be found at

Libraries are also a good place to find out about other organisations, groups, events and classes that might be of interest. The Help Yourself database has loads of information, and can be accessed from any internet computer – you don’t even need to be in a library!

Central Library
Surrey Street
Sheffield S1 1XZ

FURD – Football Unites, Racism Divides

Are you new to Sheffield? A refugee? Asylum seeker?
FURD would like you to get involved in a project about belonging.

We are organising regular activity sessions.

Wednesday 11am-1pm

The U-Mix Centre
Asline Road
Sheffield S2 4UJ

Contact Tracy: tracey.litterick [at]
07583 295610
0114 258 7787 (phone/fax)

Download this flyer for further details

Open Kitchen Social Club

Every Monday 11-3 pm, St Andrew’s Church Hall, Upper Hanover Way, S3 7RQ. A weekly community event, the focus is to provide food, support, and a place to meet for destitute asylum seekers, refugees, those in need in the wider community. Food is provided free of charge to those with no source of income and on a voluntary donations basis to anyone else.

The Steeple Corner Cafe / The Real Junk Food Project

37 Stafford Road, Norfolk Park, Sheffield S2 2SE. Go to website for opening hours.

Meals produced are available on a ‘Pay-As-You-Feel’ basis meaning that you can chose to pay in money, skills or your energy by washing up, helping out, teaching the cafe team something.

Snowdrop Project

Snowdrop Project is the first charity in the UK to provide long-term, follow-on community support for survivors of trafficking.

UK resources


ASAP (Asylum Support Appeals Project) is a dynamic charity working across the UK with the aim of reducing destitution amongst asylum seekers by protecting their legal rights to food and shelter. They offer free, high-quality legal representation and advice to asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers appealing against the Home Office decisions to refuse or withdraw their housing, financial subsistence, or both.

Refugee Council

The Refugee Council works with refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK, offering practical support and advice throughout their journey in the UK.

Right to Remain

Right to Remain provide information and resources to groups and individuals on working to establish the right to remain and campaigning for migration justice.