ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution

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Calling ASSIST supporters...can you help us equip our new office space?

16 Sep 2016 At long last we are acquiring some more space so that our office team will no longer be so squashed and conditions will be more pleasant for everyone. We’d be really grateful if anyone could help us with the following to furnish the new rooms.. mini-fridge hot water dispenser (2-3 litre water heater) tea/coffee station (small cupboard, or similar, we can use for this purpose). key safe We are happy with second-hand donations, or people offering to buy the items for us (we have a wishlist).

Admin volunteers needed!

14 Sep 2016 The ASSIST office is in need of Admin volunteers – can you help? The ASSIST office supports the work of all of ASSIST’s 200+ volunteers spread over 15 individual teams – who do everything from client casework to grant applications. It is also the base for ASSIST’s two full-time and three part-time staff.

International Soundclash Weekender (20,21,22 October) to raise funds for ASSIST

9 Sep 2016 Mango Disco’s INTERNATIONAL SOUNDCLASH WEEKENDER is the first ever not-for-profit crowdfunded international music festival organised in Sheffield. Following the success of previous Mango Disco events it will be hosted in several venues across the city during 20, 21, 22 of October 2016. All profits will be donated to three charities MSF, Assist (Sheffield) and Hummingbird Project. This is a crowd-funded event so get behind it if you can.

A date for your diary - our AGM will be on Tuesday 18 October

9 Sep 2016 This year’s ASSIST AGM will be on Tuesday 18 October at the Theatre Deli on the Moor. We’d love to see you there, Arrive at 6.30pm, the meeting starts at 7.00pm. More details to follow.

ASSIST Art Workshops

9 Sep 2016 ASSIST now holds regular Art Workshops where asylum seekers and refugees can get together, enjoy a sociable couple of hours, and do some artwork together. Some of the artwork is used to produce the wonderful cards that we sell on the ASSIST stall. The workshops are supported by Carmel Page and are held at: The Christadelphian Hall Cemetery Road Sharrow Sheffield S11 8FP

Read the Refugee Council's top 20 facts about refugees and asylum seekers

27 Aug 2016 To mark the Government’s publication of migration statistics for the first half of 2016, the Refugee Council have published a list of top 20 facts based on the latest asylum stats. To read them go to the Refugee Council’s website.

Images from our 2016 Fundraising Dinner

27 Aug 2016 In June this year we celebrated Refugee week by holding a Fundraising Dinner at Channing Hall and we are pleased to report that the event raised £1,700 for ASSIST. This was a fantastic total considering it was the very first time we’d put on an event of this type and magnitude. Our thanks go to all the 98 wonderful guests who came to the dinner. We really do appreciate your support (and your patience when parts of the catering operation didn’t go entirely to plan!)

Bake Sale and Bake Off in aid of ASSIST at the Red Deer on 1 September

26 Aug 2016 What’s more fun than a bake sale? ……A friendly baking competition with prizes to be won of course! It’s fundraising time, and in honour of the impending return of GBBO to our screens, the Red Deer are holding a bake off of their very own on Thurs 1 Sept, between 12 noon and closing time. Here’s what they say…

English language course scholarships for asylum seekers available from the University of Sheffield

14 Aug 2016 The University of Sheffield are pleased to offer five scholarships for those who have sought refuge in the UK. There are 2 different types of English language courses and the scholarships cover the cost of tuition fees. The scholarships are available for students who are 18+ and who meet certain criteria. The closing dates for applications are on 9 September and 16 December 2016. For further details or to apply go to the university’s website.

Working in partnership for positive outcomes: a case study from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

27 Jul 2016 We were approached by ASSIST Sheffield in November 2015 in respect of Mr X, whose present immigration status is a refused asylum seeker, having entered the United Kingdom in 2001. BACKGROUND

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