ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution


Congratulations to members of ASSIST's Interpreting team!

22 Oct 2014 Six members of ASSIST’s Interpreting Team have gained NVQ Level 1 qualifications in Understanding Community Interpreting, after taking a course with WEA Sheffield (strongly encouraged by the team leader – an asylum seeker himself). They now look forward to studying for Level 2. 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 wins Gold at Art in the Gardens

30 Sep 2014 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.

Join us for an old style Band Fest on 1st November

20 Sep 2014 Venue: The Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane Tickets are £5 or £6 on the door. Doors open at 7:30pm. To book your tickets please email efa [at] assistsheffield [dot] org [dot] uk or phone Robert on 0114 275 4960 The gig will feature soul band The Reluctants and singer-songwriter Arash Shafiei Sabet (We are sorry that The Yorkshire Teabags have had to cancel owing to illness. A big thank you to Arash for stepping in.)

Remembering Richard Hanson, Night Shelter volunteer

26 Aug 2014 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.

Got a bike you don't use anymore?

21 Aug 2014 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.

‘Leave to Remain’…a huge milestone to be celebrated and whole new set of problems to be faced

18 Aug 2014 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.

Where is Joe? Sponsor him in return for his huge effort for ASSIST

17 Jul 2014 ‘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.

Join us for our 2014 Card Making Workshop

16 Jul 2014 Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 12:00 to 15:00 Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Room 46. Do you have a few hours to spare? Do you like being creative? Come to ASSIST’s annual card making workshop. Any suitable designs created will be used to print up greetings cards to be sold on our stall at various events during the coming year. Card sales provide an important stream of income that helps ASSIST to carry on with its work, challenging asylum destitution and helping asylum seekers in Sheffield.

Join us for our 2014 World Over Concert

11 Jun 2014 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..

SYMAAG petition asks council not to sign contracts with G4S

4 Jun 2014 Here is the wording of the petition…