Women for Refugee Women is seeking an intern from a migrant or refugee background to work with our team in London 3 days a week from 4 September for 6-9 months and support all aspects of our work. We will pay the London Living Wage.
Women for Refugee Women is a small charity working with women who have sought asylum in the UK. Every week over 100 women come to us in London for English classes, advice, yoga and lunch, and activities including drama and public speaking training. We ensure that refugee women’s voices reach wide audiences through our media, research and events, and we advocate for a fairer asylum system. We have a busy period coming up: in November we are holding a National Refugee Women’s conference in Manchester, we are shortly publishing new research on women in detention, and in March 2018 we will be holding activities for International Women’s Day.
This is a great opportunity to support a frontline organisation working with women who seek asylum, and to develop your skills and abilities in this rewarding area. All training will be provided.
We are looking for a woman who has a refugee or migrant background, who can demonstrate to us that she is committed to social justice through her own experience of getting involved in campaigns, events, or volunteering. We are looking for someone who is highly organised, with good communication and office skills, who is able to show initiative in busy situations and enjoys working with women from varied communities. You will need to be prepared to carry out repetitive office tasks such as inputting data and recording petty cash expenses, as well as more interesting tasks such as helping to organise our events.
To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are right for this role to email@example.com by 23 July.
We will carry out interviews with shortlisted candidates the week beginning 31 July. Please do not apply unless you are able to commit to starting on 4 September for 6-9 months.
Women for Refugee Women is now seeking new trustees to join the Board to provide support and expertise in consolidating and extending our work. This is a voluntary position and would involve preparing for and attending 4 board meetings per year and potential participation in a sub-committee or other events. Appointment to the role of Trustee is for two years with the opportunity to renew.
We are looking for skilled and committed volunteers with experience to complement and enhance the existing skills of the board. You will need a positive outlook and the desire to be part of an exciting and growing organisation.
We are particularly looking for trustees with experience of one or more of the following, although we would also like to hear from you if there is something you feel you can offer our organisation as it enters a period of growth and development:
- Immigration law
- Influencing and informing Parliament and the civil service
- Grassroots organising
- Donor development
We are especially interested in hearing from women who have a minority ethnic and/or migrant or refugee background.
Please download and read the Trustee Recruitment Pack 2017.
If you would like to know more about any aspect of our work before applying to join us, please contact our Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to apply immediately, please send us your CV together with a covering note explaining what you would bring to the role. We look forward to hearing from you.
Other ways you can help:
Could you fundraise to support our hardship fund? We use this fund to provide practical support to individual refugee women in particular need. Examples of recent help we have provided includes:
- £30 for a woman to buy food for herself and her two kids when their support was stopped
- £10 mobile phone credit for a woman who had just arrived from Calais
- £5 for a woman’s transport to a court hearing
Any support you could provide will help women who are seeking safety live with dignity. You can send donations here.
Can you help us share the voices and experiences of women who have sought asylum to a wider audience?
You could organise an event at which you could share one of our amazing short videos in which refugee women speak for themselves.
- Set Her Free: Margaret’s Story tells the story of a women in Yarl’s Wood detention centre
- The Set Her Free poem shows the wonderful refugee women we work with and the poem they have written themselves.
Let us know if you would like us to send you flyers and action sheets for such an event, and again you could ask everyone in your audience to give a donation to Women for Refugee Women.