Meltem Avcil, who as a child experienced the terror of being detained in Yarl’s Wood, is petitioning Theresa may to end the detention of women who are seeking asylum and to close Yarl’s Wood. In Meltem’s words… “Right now, there are hundreds of women locked up in Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire. These women have not committed any crime. They have come to this country to seek asylum, to find refuge from persecution.
Our friends at Student Action for Refugees (STAR) are organising a gig in aid of ASSIST and Conversation Club…..Fri 13 Mar 15, 8:30 to 1:00, Yellow Arch Studios Refugee Rhythms will feature….
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?
Supporter Vicky Seddon has raised an incredible £1101 from meals hosted in aid of ASSIST at the end of last year. She is now running Phase 2 of her dining fundraiser – read more and contact Vicky to book your place. Vicky’s Cafe will be open again this month and next! You are warmly invited to come and dine, and to help me raise money for Assist.
ASSIST supporter Vicky Seddon is doing fundraising for us in a unique style – please see her message below. Message from Vicky Vicky’s cafe Broomhill Once again, I am making a bit of an effort to raise funds for Assist, the charity that supports destitute refugees and asylum seekers, here in Sheffield, so that they feel welcomed, and can have a new start in their lives. So Vicky’s Cafe will be open again!
Do you get a buzz from making things happen?Are you a good organiser who likes working as part of a team? If so, come and help us to get all our ducks in a row ! Volunteer as an Events Organiser with ASSIST We are looking for people to organise events right through from the initial idea to the happening. Ideally, you should be able to commit to volunteering with us for a minimum of a year.
ASSIST offers training and background information on the asylum system for all those who work with Asylum Seekers and Refugees. This training is available to all; current volunteers and external individuals or organisations. It covers:
Two members of ASSIST’s Interpreting Team have gained NVQ Level 1 qualifications in Understanding Community Interpreting, and are now studying for Level 2 with WEA Sheffield. The team leader, an asylum seeker himself, strongly encourages members of the team to sign up for the course. There is a dire shortage of interpreters in the UK law courts, and interpreting with ASSIST provides valuable experience for volunteers who aim to work as professional interpreters in due course.
ASSIST supporter and local artist, Annie Anthony, decided to use her stall at this year’s Art in the Gardens event held in the Botanical Gardens on 6th and 7th September, to spread the word about ASSIST’s work, and to raise funds for us. Friends and neighbours of Annie’s rallied round to help run the stall over the entire weekend. A big thank you to everyone involved, and particularly to Annie.
This year’s Carol Service is on Saturday December 13th at 3pm at St Mary’s, Bramall Lane. Please join us for carols, candlelight and togetherness. People of all faiths and no faith are welcome to take part in this festive event. If you can help us to publicise this event, please click on the image below to download a flyer.