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Refugees & asylum seekers

Asylum seekers and refugees can volunteer but are often told that they can't!

Our New Beginnings project was established in 2004 and has helped hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers to volunteer in Sheffield.

We support refugees and asylum seekers to access education, volunteering and employment opportunities in Sheffield. 

We have appointments throughout the week and to make an appointment see below.

Asylum seekers can volunteer at any stage of the process but for more information please see our asylum seeker volunteering legislation page or our Volunteering on benefits page for refugees (or anyone) on benefits. 

Volunteering is a great way to:

See our Stories section for examples of refugees and asylum seekers volunteering in Sheffield

We have a team of advisors who are refugees themselves, who can:

  • help you find a good place to volunteer 
  • call organisations for you and make appointments
  • help you fill in application forms
  • Support you if you have any questions or issues later on.

Ask our advisors what they think of volunteering or click on Stories to see what other refugees have to say.  You’ll see there are lots of good reasons to volunteer and that volunteering includes many different activities.

If you want support please:

  • Text us on 07743 924615 with your name and we will reply and arrange a time for you to come in and find out more about volunteering
  • Or email us at
  • Or call us on 0114 253 6655
  • Or come to our office on a Tuesday or Wednesday. We might not be able to see you but will make an appointment to see you as soon as possible.
  • To find us see: Map to the Volunteer Centre Sheffield 
  • Talk to a volunteer advisor at the refugee and asylum seeker drop in. Wednesday 2-4pm at Victoria Hall methodist Church. S1 2JB


If you are an organisation interested in involving refugees and asylum seekers as volunteers see  Involving Refugee and Asylum Seeker Volunteers

The law says asylum seekers and refugees can volunteer

You can also download Translated information for volunteers 

New Beginnings: Helping refugees and asylum seekers volunteer since 2004. See pictures from last our celebration event