Following recent campaigning in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, students have voted to split the total from Sheffield RAG’s annual fundraising initiative, ‘Give As You Rent’ between Assist Sheffield and Ashiana Sheffield.
Each charity will receive £2,796 of funding from 2019/20's ‘Give As You Rent’ scheme in which students staying in university accommodation were asked to add just £6 to their deposit to help alleviate homelessness or housing difficulties in Sheffield.
Assist Sheffield helps destitute asylum seekers by providing accommodation, advice and other support to those in most need or distress. Ashiana Sheffield has over 30 years’ experience working with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) adults, children and young people fleeing domestic and sexual abuse including forced marriage, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, gang violence and ‘honour’ based violence.
New Activities Officer Joel said ‘Our amazing student groups have once again proven that small acts of kindness can have a huge impact on the lives of others. Splitting the money raised ensures that BAMER individuals and those seeking asylum are not disadvantaged in this particularly tough time period. I’m immensely proud of RAG and I can’t wait to see what fundraising they do in the next year.’
By opting into the scheme, students from The University of Sheffield have raised over half a million pounds since its inception in 1991. This has helped pay for thousands of beds, breakfasts lunches and dinners whilst also allowing organisations to provide everything from art therapy for homeless children to ‘new start’ furniture packs for single parents fleeing violent partners.
Ruth Grayson, Chair of StopGap Sheffield who have previously received funding through the ‘Give As You Rent’ scheme said: ‘Since our beginnings in 2012, we have received generous support on a number of occasions through Give As You Rent, without which we would not have been able to get started in the first place, far less carry on. We have been overwhelmed not only by the generosity of Sheffield students, but by their enthusiasm and their eagerness to help. It is wonderful to see how much pleasure you all get from giving to some of the most vulnerable people in our society! Thank you.’