ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution

Challenging asylum destitution

ASSIST Sheffield helps destitute asylum seekers by providing accommodation, advice and other support to those in most need or distress. We’re a charity and we’re totally reliant on volunteers, grants and the generosity of the people of Sheffield and the surrounding area. More about us»

Interested in volunteering?

Come to one of our drop in and check it out sessions.

The next session is on:
Thursday, September 15, 2016 -
12:00 to 14:00

What your help means to us

Refused asylum seekers are not allowed to work, to register themselves as homeless or to be placed in local authority night shelters. Many become destitute, struggling daily for food, accommodation and clothing.

  • £5 could cover expenses for a weekend’s hospitality for an asylum seeker in need of somewhere to sleep
  • £17 could cover travel expenses to enable an asylum seeker to get to medical and legal appointments
  • £20 could give a vulnerable asylum seeker a week’s ASSIST grant to enable them to buy some food
“Sheffield as a city is known for accommodating refugees. It has a tag of friendliness and community spirit which would disappear without ASSIST.”
an ASSIST client
“ASSIST is a centre for raising awareness. Many people have come to volunteer - students, refugees themselves...people learn about destitution. It is important to have interaction with someone who's destitute, very important.”
Refugee / Asylum seeker volunteer
“In this country, it’s so cold in the winter that you can die when you’re living in the streets and without food you get desperate. When you’re cold, hungry and desperate, you’ll do anything for food. You’ll steal. You’ll look through bins. You’ll do bad things that make you a bad man. If someone gives you a chance to be warm and eat, you have the chance to be a good man. Without this chance, you can’t be a good man. The chance can change your life.”
an ASSIST client
“I was given accommodation and £20 per week. ASSIST volunteers also took me to the hospital – I had lots of health complaints and depression caused by my eviction, and they also got me treatment.”
an ASSIST client
“Of the people that ASSIST helps, if ASSIST did not provide them with limited financial assistance, then these people would have no other alternative but to be forced to steal food. This would mean more problems and work for the police.”
an ASSIST client