Sheffield Refugee and Asylum Co-operative

Asylum seekers in Sheffield are going hungry because the government's voucher system doesn't work.  This means that they are unable to buy basic essentials that we all take for granted.

At present asylum seekers receive £26.50 per week  in vouchers (less if they're under 25 years) that can only be spent on food and are only exchangeable in a very small number of outlets (like Somerfields, Sainsburys and BHS), plus £10 cash.  Asylum seekers are finding it difficult to stay healthy while living on vouchers and simply do not have the money to pay for items such as clothes, shoes, babies nappies, sanitary towels and many other necessities.

This situation is not only shameful and a disgrace to this country, but is an affront to people's dignity and the right to live an ordinary, decent life.  The Sheffield Refugee & Asylum Co-0perative is working with local people, churches and community organisations to set up collection points where you can bring any of the items listed below to be distributed amongst the asylum seekers and refugees of Sheffield.

Non Perishable Food Items

Cooking Oil
Tinned tomatoes/fish
Baby food/formula milk


Household Items

Cooking Pots
Light bulbs
Washing up liquid
Washing powder




Baby Lotion
Sanitary towels/Tampons
Towels/Face flannels
Good quality adult & chilrens clothes


At present the Broomspring Centre, Broomspring Lane, Broomhall and the Refugee Advice Centre, Duke St, Parkhill are acting as collection points.  If you can volunteer a community space where items can be collected for distribution or if you would like more information please contact:

Lesley or Mozaz at
tel: 0114 272 4623
Brian at
tel: 222 7973
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For further information on relevant issues:
National Civil Rights Movement
International Federation of Iranian Refugees

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