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 us 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
“In this country, it’s so cold in the winter that you can die when you’reliving in the streets and without food you get desperate. When you’re cold, hungry and desperate, you’ll do anything for food. You’llsteal. You’ll look through bins. You’ll do bad things that make you abad 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’tbe a good man. The chance can change your life.”
an ASSIST client
“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
“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
“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