It is with great sadness that I have to inform everyone of the sad passing away of Richard Hanson, a Wednesday welcomer, at The Night Shelter. Richard was a member of Christ Church. He and other members of the church community were instrumental in the setting up of the Night Shelter way before it became part of ASSIST.
Why not donate it to our friends at the COMAC project? The project has helps many people, including asylum seekers and refugees, who have difficulties affording public transport. 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 also somewhere where asylum seekers can volunteer, feel useful and make friends.
Obtaining ‘Leave to Remain’, whether it is Indefinite Leave to Remain or Leave to Remain for a specified period of time, is a huge milestone for people who have arrived in Sheffield seeking asylum. For the time being, at least, they are no longer living with the threat of being removed and sent back to face the very dangers that made them flee from their homeland. Gone is the ‘no recourse to public funds’ status which many endure for years.
This year’s World Over Concert will be on Saturday 6 September at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane starting at 7.00 Join us to celebrate the diversity of musical and artistic talent here in Sheffield. Among the performers will be..
ASSIST is currently preparing the opening of a new house for destitute asylum seekers in Firth Park and is looking for DIY heroes to help us make the houses all spick and span for our clients to move in during August. Throughout July we will have two workdays each week, to paint the rooms, lay new floors and make other improvements to the house, on the following dates: 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th of July. We will work between 10 am and 4 pm.
‘Where is Joe?’ you are probably asking yourself. How far has he got on his amazing bike trip to Singapore?…and how is his sponsorship in aid of ASSIST going? STOP PRESS: Joe has reached Istanbul and has decided there stay there for a while. He will be working to raise funds to continue his journey, hopefully next year. And also doing some voluntary work. He says a big THANK YOU to everyone who has sponsored him so far.
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It is with great sadness that we must announce that Myra Davis passed away on Sunday, in Brighton. Myra spent the last week of her life surrounded by close family, and we were fortunate in Sheffield that she stayed to see as many as she could of the people to whom she is ‘family’ here. Myra was the original founder of both ASSIST and the Sheffield Conversation Club. She inspired others with the vision and the need for both, and brought people together to make them happen.
You are invited to join ASSIST and the Well Dressed Band for a ‘Home Grown Ceilidh’ at The Broomspring Centre on Sunday 20 July 2014 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.
This afternoon we went to a special tea party put on in aid of ASSIST by Sheffield women’s choir, Body of Sound. Donations raised from guests at the event came to an incredible £600.59! The choir had arranged tea, juice and a huge range of cakes, and gave a lovely performance of old and new songs throughout the afternoon that finished with an impromptu dance in the final number. They were also supported by all female trio the Bints. All the singing was a cappella and outside, making the most of a beautiful location and the sunny weather.