ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution

Challenging asylum destitution

ASSIST Sheffield helps destitute asylum seekers by providing accommodation, advice and other 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 New Volunteer Info Sessions.

The next session is on:
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 17:30 to 18:30

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
“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
“ASSIST is part of my family now. I'm at peace. Without them I'd be moving from shelter to shelter every night, getting a bed when I could.”
an ASSIST client
“The biggest and best is how they believe and trust people. They believe what people say, and that their need for help is genuine.”
an ASSIST client
“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