Update - July 2021
Following the lifting of Covid restrictions we are currently having a bit of a rethink of our hosting offer. We are therefore not taking on any new hosting volunteers for the time being.
However, ASSIST works in collaboration with two national charities that offer hosted accommodation to people seeking asylum and refugees. Both of them are currently looking for hosts in South Yorkshire, so we warmly recommend you get in touch with them if you wish to explore hosting:
Refugees at Home: they are a national hosting charity that provides accommodation for people seeking asylum or those with new refugee status;
Hope at Home provide hosted accommodation for survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery.
If you would be interested in supporting ASSIST's work in other ways, please sign up to our mailing list, follow us on social media, or check our Volunteer page.
Your spare room could change someone’s life!
At any one time we support between 50 to100 people in Sheffield who have had their intitial asylum application turned down. They aren’t entitled to government funded support or accommodation, and aren’t allowed to work.
Our community of ASSIST hosts help keep people seeking asylum safe and off the streets. In offering a spare room, our hosts make a practical difference, providing solidarity and support when it is most needed.
We've loved hosting and every single one of our guests has brought something interesting and new into our lives." Emma and Matt, ASSIST hosts. (Read their story here)
How it works
We are always looking for ASSIST hosts who can offer some space to our clients for a weekend, a few weeks or a few months. We’ll pair you with a dedicated member of the ASSIST hosting support team, who will be there for advice and help if and when you need it.
As well as ongoing support, we offer:
- A thorough induction into your new volunteer role
- Access to training opportunities, for example ASSIST’s ‘Asylum the Basics’ training
- A small financial contribution to help cover expenses, if needed
- Opportunities to meet other hosts at social events held by ASSIST
To find out more about hosting, please contact us.