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?

From time to time we organise drop-in sessions for people who are interested in volunteering for ASSIST. We don’t have any of these sessions planned at the moment, but if you like to know about any current volunteering opportunities, please contact Jenny on 0114 275 4960 or email volunteer [at] assistsheffield [dot] org [dot] uk.

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
“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
“The most important thing ASSIST gives is information, for example about finding a solicitor.”
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
“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
“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