On 2 July the Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced the temporary suspension of the entire detained-fast track system. To read the story of this amazing victory for justice go to the Right to Remain blog 2 July the Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced the temporary suspension of the entire detained-fast track system. Read the story of this amazing victory for justice.
Over the last few weeks, the author Ali Smith has taken part in the Refugee Tales project. You can read her response here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/27/ali-smith-so-far-the-detainees-tale-extract
Our friends at COMAC urgently need to find new premises in order to continue operating. COMAC helps many people, including asylum seekers and refugees, who have difficulties affording public transport by refurbishing donated bikes for their use. It is also a place where local people can bring their bike, and access tools and knowledge to help them maintain or repair it. COMAC is somewhere where asylum seekers can volunteer, feel useful and make friends.
Sponsored Walk: Sunday, June 14th, 2015 MAGNA CARTA, 1215-2015 – Celebrate 800 years of progress on Human Rights, Oppose government plans to curtail those rights What’s this about? 800 years ago, on June 15th 1215 at Runnymede, King John agreed, under pressure from an alliance of feudal barons, to sign the “Great Charter of the Liberties”. It was the first step towards acceptance of human rights and civil liberties as crucial elements of a free society.
By popular demand, we are once again running the ASSIST Big Tea Party this year! Sign up here to host a Tea Party. The launch of this year’s Big Tea Party will happen at our World Over event on 20 June, and you can hold your Tea Party any time after that date and before the end of the summer
This scholarship has been created by the Schwab & Westheimer Trusts to help young asylum seekers pursue higher education in social care, medicine, nursing or related professions. To find out more go to the Refugee Support Network website
Are you an immigrant? Or maybe the child, in law, partner of one? Share your story on this website to explain what that connection and background means to you. Or just have a read of the inspiring stories from all over the UK showing how immigrants make this country better: http://www.iamanimmigrant.net Then tell others! Let’s change the way we talk about immigration. A formal poster campaign has been launched with 15 campaign faces and you can read more about it on these websites:
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