ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution

Asylum Seeker Support Initiative Short Term (ASSIST Sheffield)

ASSIST helps destitute asylum seekers in Sheffield by providing accommodation, food and 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»

Upcoming Events

Interested in volunteering?

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

The next session is on:
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 16:00 to 18:00

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
“The most important thing ASSIST gives is information, for example about finding a solicitor.”
an ASSIST client
“If I didn't meet ASSIST I wouldn't be alive. I was nearly deported and the ASSIST campaign saved me. They wrote to their MPs and ran a big campaign for me. I was in detention so I didn't know what people were doing for me outside. I learned about it later - it was on the internet, in the newspaper - it was unbelievable.”
an ASSIST client
“Before I found ASSIST, I had absolutely nothing. Things have changed now. Now my health problems are being sorted out andmy legal situation is moving forward. This is basically because I can have somewhere to sleep and enough to eat.”
an ASSIST client
“It helped a lot with my case that ASSIST wrote a letter about my support...ASSIST provided a letter about my volunteering and contribution to the community. This really helped a lot with my decision.”
an ASSIST client
“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