ASSIST is part of a network of organisations in Sheffield who work together to improve the quality of life of destitute asylum seekers. Some of the organisations we work with closely are listed here. We are immensely grateful for their help and support.
ASAP is a dynamic charity working across the UK with the aim of reducing destitution amongst asylum seekers by protecting their legal rights to food and shelter.
British Red Cross
Mutual referral for practical help in destitution. Red Cross can also trace families of asylum seekers
with whom they have lost contact.
Accommodation in a mixed, spiritually based community.
Cathedral Archer Project
We refer many people from ASSIST for free meals, food parcels and washing facilities.
Central United Reformed Church
Provide us with premises for issuing weekly payments and subsidised bus passes, and support this
with volunteer welcomers and tea!
Church (not identified for security reasons)
Provides our week-night night shelter, volunteers and support
Church Action on Poverty
Publicity, information and education exchange, campaigns.
Citizens Advice Bureaux
Referrals and exchange of information.
City of Sanctuary
We work together with City of Sanctuary on awareness raising, public education and events.
COMAC is a bike repair project based in Burngreave. The project helps people who have difficulties affording public transport. It is a place where local people can bring their bike, and access tools and knowledge to help them maintain or repair it. Some COMAC volunteers are asylum seekers or refugees.
comacworkshop [at] gmail.com
Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers (CDAS)
Campaigns for individual asylum seekers
There is a lot of two-way traffic between ASSIST and the Conversation Clubs. We refer asylum
seekers to each other, and the Wednesday club provides interpreters for our Helpdesk.
Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD)
Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD) is a youth and social inclusion project and charity in Sheffield which works locally, nationally and internationally to combat racism and increase understanding between different communities. FURD offer free activities for refugees and asylum seekers.
Provide a one-off consultancy at the drop-in.
Morgan Dias solicitors
Provide a one-off consultancy at the drop-in.
Mulberry Practice (Central Health Clinic)
Provides health care for most asylum seekers in Sheffield, and so for most of our clients. Mulberry
practitioners write reports for us, and discuss possible National Assistance Act applications.
Often help us out with organising events and raising funds for ASSIST
Northern Refugee Centre
Mutual referral, especially from ASSIST for s.4 applications and to ASSIST for emergency housing
or money. NRC advice workers support our advocacy team when needed.
St Thomas Church, Philadelphia Campus
Provide and support houses where some ASSIST clients are accommodated.
St Wilfrid’s Centre
A source of hospitality and good meals for destitute asylum seekers.
Sheffield City Council Asylum Team
Manage the drop-in in which the ASSIST Helpdesk runs on Wednesday afternoons. We have given
joint training to Sheffield Housing with the asylum team. Exchange of information.
Sheffield Quakers, Central Meeting
Generously pay the running costs of two houses. The gift card exchange scheme also ran at the
Quaker Meeting House.
South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG)
Cooperation on issues of wider concern such as UKBA interviewing practice as it affects our clients,
or learning more about issues affecting people from particular countries.
South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice (SYRLJ)
Supports asylum seekers collate evidence for fresh claims and appeals and conducts advocacy. This helps move cases forward so clients no longer need to rely on ASSIST’s welfare payments and can apply for Home Office support.
Student Action for Refugees (STAR)
Collaboration on raising awareness about destitution and the asylum system generally. STAR are also
one of our key local fundraisers, and help publicise our work.
Transcultural Team, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Support for mental health referrals and National Assistance applications.
Victoria Hall Methodist Church
The ASSIST offices are in Victoria Hall, which also provides the premises for the drop-in and runs a
Voluntary Action Sheffield
Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS) works to improve the quality of life for all of Sheffield’s communities by supporting voluntary and community action in the city. VAS can help to find volunteering opportunities for asylum seekers and refugees.