About us

What we do

Here at ASSIST Sheffield we support some of the most vulnerable people living in Sheffield - people who have been unsuccessful in their applications for asylum and as a result have been made destitute. Many of them have escaped the unimaginable horrors of war, violence and persecution, but simply telling the truth about the conditions they have fled sadly isn't always enough.

Without refugee status asylum seekers are not allowed to work. Once their initial application for asylum has been turned down many are left with no right to housing, benefits or other vital support. They're left homeless, destitute and vulnerable on the streets of our city.

This is where we come in. ASSIST is an invaluable lifeline for failed asylum seekers in Sheffield, offering solidarity, support and hope in the form of accommodation, advice and access to essential services.

A community-led charity

ASSIST is proud to be a community-led charity. We have a large and generous community of donors, volunteers and fundraisers. A community that shares both outrage and hope; outrage at a failing system which leaves refugees destitute, and hope that we can help support positive changes in their lives.

Since 2003, our small organisation has achieved so much and done our city proud. We’re a supportive friend to around 90 asylum seekers every week. The demand for our services grows bigger by the day and we’re always looking for more people to get involved and join our community.

Our funding

We’re completely reliant on grants, fundraising, donations and voluntary effort from people like you. To find out more about how you can support ASSIST why not take a look at the How you can help section of this website. Do contact us if you'd like to chat about how you can help.