ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution

Resources for asylum seekers

Local resources

Sheffield Conversation Club

For refugees and asylum seekers the club offers English practice and some basic English teaching together with quite a lot of orientation and cultural input plus fun, welcome and friendship.

The club meets two afternoons a week in the City Centre.

It is free, and anyone is welcome.

Conversation Club organises cultural outings, for example to museums, films, other cities, archaeology sites, exhibitions, the seaside.

Women’s Conversation Club Sheffield

Women’s Conversation Club allow refugee and asylum seeker women to come together with English-speaking volunteers in a safe, relaxed, women-only environment. They offer the opportunity for women to meet local volunteers and other refugee and asylum seeking women from the area, practice their English, build confidence, and develop new skills.

Women’s Conversation Club is free and does not need to be pre-booked, you can just turn up on the day. Children are welcome at all clubs, and free childcare is provided at some sessions.

Sheffield City Libraries

Sheffield Central Library on Surrey Street is a warm, safe, mostly quiet place to spend time. There are books, magazines and newspapers on offer in a variety of languages, also quick reads aimed at adults learning English.

ARC cards can be used as ID to join the library, and membership allows you to borrow books (and CDs & DVDs, though there is a charge for this), and to access a range of websites that the library subscribes to, including the Life in Great Britain Citizenship online course

There are also 27 community libraries scattered around Sheffield. All the libraries have free internet access, and many of them have regular events such as storytime for children, reading groups, and coffee mornings.

Information about all the library services can be found at

Libraries are also a good place to find out about other organisations, groups, events and classes that might be of interest. The Help Yourself database has loads of information, and can be accessed from any internet computer – you don’t even need to be in a library!

Central Library
Surrey Street
Sheffield S1 1XZ

FURD – Football Unites, Racism Divides

Are you new to Sheffield? A refugee? Asylum seeker?
FURD would like you to get involved in a project about belonging.

We are organising regular activity sessions.

Wednesday 11am-1pm

The U-Mix Centre
Asline Road
Sheffield S2 4UJ

Contact Tracy: tracey.litterick [at]
07583 295610
0114 258 7787 (phone/fax)

Download this flyer for further details

Open Kitchen Social Club

Every Monday 11-3 pm, St Andrew’s Church Hall, Upper Hanover Way, S3 7RQ. A weekly community event, the focus is to provide food, support, and a place to meet for destitute asylum seekers, refugees, those in need in the wider community. Food is provided free of charge to those with no source of income and on a voluntary donations basis to anyone else.

UK resources


ASAP (Asylum Support Appeals Project) 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. They offer free, high-quality legal representation and advice to asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers appealing against the Home Office decisions to refuse or withdraw their housing, financial subsistence, or both.

Refugee Council

The Refugee Council works with refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK, offering practical support and advice throughout their journey in the UK.