We are not currently recruiting new volunteers.

Our next recruitment round will start on 1st October 2022. Please contact us then to find out details of current vacancies

Our volunteers fall into the following categories...

Volunteers who like to work with people seeking asylum, for example by:

  • Accompanying them to appointments
  • Supporting those living in our emergency accommodation
  • Offering information, signposting and support

Volunteers who like to support the work of ASSIST behind the scenes, in areas like:

  • Finance
  • Administration
  • IT
  • Fundraising
  • Publicity and raising awareness
  • Organising events

We especially welcome volunteers from refugee backgrounds for all our roles.

What do we ask for?

We ask for two references for all new volunteers, and some roles also require a DBS (criminal records) check.

What we provide

There are plenty of benefits to volunteering with us, but here are some of the highlights:

  • Meeting people from around the world and making new friends.
  • Stretching yourself by trying something new.
  • Being part of a team - our volunteers are organised in teams, each with a team leader.
  • Training - we offer induction training to get you settled in, as well as regular training opportunities on different topics.
  • Travel expenses for whenever you’re volunteering, and meal expenses if volunteering for more than 4 hours.
  • Clear task profiles for all our volunteering roles.

Interested in hosting? 

ASSIST are not currently taking on new hosting volunteers. However, we're working in close partnership with Refugees at Home and Hope at Home, two national networks that provide hosting placements for people seeking sanctuary.  Both are currently looking for hosts in South Yorkshire so please do contact them if you might be able to provide a space in your home.

How to find out more

Phone us on 0300 2010072 or email us at volunteer@assistsheffield.org .uk and we will get back to you.

I have absolutely loved my time at ASSIST! It has been so helpful to me personally because it has shown me that I may want to specialise in immigration and asylum law in the future. All the volunteers are absolutely lovely as well :) - ASSIST volunteer

I was impressed by the team structure at ASSIST and the fact that they have defined task profiles for volunteers. It meant I could fit in quickly and start doing stuff that really helps." - ASSIST volunteer

I've learnt how an office works and I've gained more confidence - I've been able to interact with people of different backgrounds. It's been good work experience and will help me towards getting a job." -- ASSIST volunteer

I don't have any qualifications here or in my home country, but now I see myself as important. People call me, ask me things - I'm important in this society." - ASSIST volunteer

A few words from some ASSIST volunteers


 I have learned a lot from refugees about the obstacles they've had to overcome ...  

For the past 5 years I have been an ASSIST house visitor. With the Covid 19 pandemic this role has changed

The current void which inhibits asylum-seekers from accessing adequate accommodation...

Volunteering at ASSIST has given me invaluable experience with people who are often misunderstood...

I joined ASSIST in 2010 as a volunteer on the helpdesk and at the night shelter, when I was a refused asylum seeker.

Volunteering for ASSIST has provided me with the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people...

The best thing about the experience has definitely been the people I have met, both asylum seekers and volunteers alike.

Ric, ASSIST volunteer

I volunteer as a House Visitor, keeping in regular contact with clients who live in one of the houses ASSIST offers...