Human rights award goes on display

Bowled over: Lord Mayor Coun Alan Laws with bowl from the asylum seekers group ASSIST.
Bowled over: Lord Mayor Coun Alan Laws with bowl from the asylum seekers group ASSIST.
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A PRIZE bowl to mark Sheffield’s work with destitute asylum seekers in the city is to go on display for all to see inside the Town Hall.

Members of asylum charity ASSIST Sheffield – the Asylum Seeker Support Initiative Short Term – presented the bowl to Lord Mayor Coun Alan Law in his parlour.

The award, for work in the human rights field, came from the International Service Development Charity.

The bowl will highlight the achievements of the Sheffield City of Sanctuary campaign, which aims to ensure no asylum seeker need sleep rough or go hungry thanks to ASSIST.

The charity receives donations of £90,000 a year from the public and boasts a workforce of more than 120 volunteers.

Charity chair Gina Clayton made the presentation along with a group of asylum seekers and refugees from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia and Iraq, many of whom also do volunteer work themselves.

The award had been made officially in York Minster last year at an event hosted by Harry Gration from BBC Look North.