Volunteer with ASSIST Sheffield

Applications to become an ASSIST volunteer are now closed. 

If you have made an application, your application is now being reviewed by our team.  Please make sure you check your emails: we will be in touch to bring your application forward. 
If you could not apply this time, please visit this page in the future or follow us on social media. We expect to advertise new role in the new year! 

What could you do if you decide to volunteer with us? 
Our volunteers play a significant part in the work we do in the Sheffield area with people seeking sanctuary. 

Volunteers can join ASSIST Sheffield in a variety roles.
Some volunteers join one of the frontline teams and work directly with the people we support. This might include: providing casework, 
interpreting, accompanying to appointments, offering information and signposting. Others work behind the scenes and support the organisation 
in areas like Finance, Administration, Fundraising, Events, Publicity and Communications. 

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

You have some space in your home and you are interested in hosting a person seeking sanctuary?
We are no longer taking on new hosting volunteers. However, we work 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 get in touch with them. 

How can I apply to volunteer? 
Roles will be advertised on this page and there will be an application buttom for you to apply. You will have to fill in an application form providing us with details of the role(s) you are interested into, a short statement on your skills and experience and the reasons why you would like to volunteer with us. We ask all applicants to provide us with the contact details of two referees: these can be individuals within your work, social or academic network; however not relatives. 
Your application will be assessed by our team and you will be invited to an interview. Successful applicants will undergo the induction and any role-specific training. 

Certain roles due to their nature might additionally require a DBS check (i.e. a basic criminal records). The role description will indicate when this is the case and rest reassured the DBS check will be paid for by us.

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

  • You will have a chance to meet people from around the world and who want to bring about a change to the life of those seeking asylum in the UK 

  • You will be learning something new; no one day is the same at ASSIST! 

  • You will be part of a team of like-minded individuals 

  • We offer induction training to get you settled in, as well as regular training opportunities tailored to the role you have undertaken

  • We have a volunteer expenses policy which allows our volunteers to claim expenses for any travel or other essential costs involved in their volunteer role.

How to find out more
Should you have any questions about volunteering, please give us a call on  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