ASSIST has been chosen as a charity for Waitrose in central Sheffield to support in the month of May. Every month three local charities are chosen to receive a proportion of £1000 from the store, and shoppers are given tokens at the end of their shop so they can cast a vote to decide who gets the biggest amount. So if you are passing by and need to top up your shopping please vote for ASSIST! The dates to visit are 1st May-31st May and the store is Waitrose at 1-3 Ecclesall Road.
A very special fundraising initiative has raised an incredible amount of money for ASSIST this year. Supporter Vicky Seddon hosted meals in her home over several dates, and here is her message to all those who took part: “Vicky’s Cafe has achieved its purpose: it has helped Vicky to raise the her £3500 target. In fact, with the Cafe and her 70th birthday gifts, the total is now £3681.58. And that is before the gift aid is added on, which will bring it to about £4500.
Sheffield University is offering two special scholarships to study any undergraduate degree – these are open to asylum seekers and those who have previously claimed asylum and are unable to access mainstream student finance (for example if they now have discretionary leave to remain). Applications must be in before the end of May. For more see here: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/finance/asylumseeker_scholarship
We are looking for… Anyone who would be willing to lend their spare room to an asylum seeker… weekend hosts, providing accommodation on Saturday and Sunday nights when our night shelter is shut. longer term hosts who would be prepared to host a client for a few weeks or months at a time. To find out more go to Could you be an ASSIST host?
By popular demand, we are once again running the ASSIST Big Tea Party this year! Sign up here to host a Tea Party in June, July or August This is a major awareness-raising and fundraising event so we really hope you will be able to host a Tea Party for us and help to make the 2015 Big Tea Party REALLY ENORMOUS!
As if working for the Green Alliance and volunteering for the local Wildlife Trust weren’t enough to be getting on with, Amy Mount has also signed up to run the ‘Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield’ in aid of ASSIST Sheffield.
We are currently looking for 2 to 3 female volunteers that will take the lead in supporting a small group of female asylum seekers and other volunteers to learn and develop basic skills to plant and grow vegetables, fruits and flowers at the ASSIST women’s house allotment.
Our latest annual report is now available for download. Download ASSIST 2013-14 Annual report
A Joint Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All Party Group on Migration into the use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom has analysed the current practice employed by the Home Office.
The government has today made a U-turn on its decision to reduce the weekly rate of section 95 support for children by £16. The adult rate will still be raised by 33p.