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»

Interested in volunteering?

Come to one of our New Volunteer Info Sessions.

The next session is on:
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 -
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'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
“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
“It helped a lot with my case that ASSIST wrote a letter about my support...ASSIST provided a letter about my volunteering and contribution to the community. This really helped a lot with my decision.”
an ASSIST client
“ASSIST volunteers are amazing. It's pure help from a pure humanity - they want to do it. They don't have to, but they do.”
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