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, July 6, 2015 - 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
“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
“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
“I've volunteered as a speaker to raise funds for ASSIST. Before that I had no experience of public speaking - I was nervous at first but now I'm confident.”
Refugee / Asylum seeker volunteer
“ASSIST clients and volunteers learn how to be treated by other people and how to treat other people, which is good for diversity and things like that.”
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