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»

Interested in volunteering?

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

The next session is on:
Monday, January 19, 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
“I got weekly money and help to move me on to Section 4.”
an ASSIST client
“The most important thing ASSIST gives is information, for example about finding a solicitor.”
an ASSIST client
“I've gained lots of things from my involvement with ASSIST- my English is far better than before, because I listen to and can speak to people. And other volunteers have helped me with my English, helped me to practise.”
Refugee / Asylum seeker volunteer
“Before ASSIST, people who knew I was homeless wouldn’t even say “hi” to me. Now I have a place to sleep. I can eat, cook my own food, wash myself, use the buses every day. I still have almost no money, but I have this support and a place to go every night. I used to sleep in the train station.”
an ASSIST client
“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