We are looking for a Chair of Trustees

Women for Refugee Women is a small, dynamic charity which supports and empowers refugee and asylum-seeking women. It has an excellent track record of creating change and following the receipt of a legacy the charity is entering a period of growth. Based in central London, the charity currently has a staff team of 8 (5.5 full time equivalent) and a 12-strong board of trustees. Its current chair of trustees is looking to step down after five successful years, so WRW is looking for a chair with a real commitment to the charity’s values and a good grasp of charity governance to steer it through the next few years.

Chair of Trustees

Location: Occasional travel to Women for Refugee Women’s office near Old Street, or other meeting places in central London

Salary: The role of Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel and childcare may be claimed

Hours: At least 1 day per month. These hours will be particularly focused on the quarterly 2.5 hour board meetings, and also other committees or meetings with the director and other senior staff.

Contact our director, Natasha Walter, to express interest

ABOUT THE ROLE

WRW is seeking to appoint a Chair to lead the Board of Trustees and ensure that the board fulfils its responsibilities and that the organisation can realise its mission.

The role will involve:

  • Working alongside the vice chair of the board (to be appointed from among existing trustees) to ensure that all the governance duties of the board are discharged responsibly
  • Working in partnership with the director and other staff, ensuring that they are supported to put into practice the mission of the organisation and achieve the strategic plan
  • Optimising the relationship between the Board of Trustees and staff
  • Facilitating the Board of Trustees in stimulating well-rounded discussions and considered decision-making
  • Being a strong spokesperson for the charity both internally and externally

THE PERSON

WRW is looking for a strategically-minded individual with a strong commitment to WRW’s values, an understanding of the governance of charities, and a collaborative leadership style.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience include:

  • A clear and demonstrable commitment to social justice, race equality and feminism
  • Experience in senior roles in organisations, including experience of effective chairing and understanding of how to facilitate debate
  • Sound knowledge of charity governance with a clear understanding of the duties and responsibilities of trustees and the legal environment in which charities operate
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to understand perspectives of others, to act collaboratively and diplomatically, and to secure collective decision-making
  • The ability to understand complex strategic issues, without losing sight of a vision of positive change
  • High standards of personal integrity with sound, independent judgement
  • Understanding of the situation of refugee and asylum seeking women and where change is needed

Women for Refugee Women would particularly welcome applications and expressions of interest from individuals with experience of migration or seeking asylum.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for the role, please send an email to Women for Refugee Women’s director, Natasha Walter, natasha@refugeewomen.co.uk, with your CV and a cover letter stating why you think you are right for this role.

Please feel free to send expressions of interest before the application if you would like to discuss the role further before applying. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2019.

Drop-in Support x 2

Capacity: Volunteer
Time: 10.30am-6pm
Start Date: 2 September 2019
Location: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

APPLY NOW

We are looking for two people to provide general support during the drop-in. This includes setting up, signing women in and directing them to their classes, reimbursing women for their travel expenses and providing general support to the women in our network to ensure the day runs smoothly. One of these volunteers will also help to signpost people to different activities and organisations. This volunteer will ideally provide support for women who are eligible to work to help them find employment, volunteering or education and training opportunities.

Mothers and Toddlers Group Facilitators x2

Capacity: Volunteer
Time: 11-12pm
Start Date: 2 September 2019
Location: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

APPLY NOW

We are looking for talented volunteers who can support sessions on a weekly basis for the mother and toddler group, to increase their confidence, empower them and develop their English language skills.

Beginner English Teachers x 2

Capacity: Volunteer
Time: 12.30-2pm
Start Date: 2 September 2019
Location: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

APPLY NOW

You will be leading the Beginners English class to support women who are taking their first steps in learning English.

Intermediate English Teacher 

Capacity: Volunteer
Time: 12.30-2pm
Start Date: 2 September 2019
Location: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

APPLY NOW

You will be supporting our existing Intermediate English teacher to deliver engaging classes on a range of topics that set women up for life in the UK.

Intermediate English Teachers x2 

Capacity: Volunteer
Time: 3-4.30pm
Start Date: 2 September 2019
Location: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

APPLY NOW

You will be delivering engaging classes on a range of topics that set women up for life in the UK.

Intersectional Feminism Class Facilitator

Capacity: Volunteer
Time: 3-4.30pm
Start Date: 2 September 2019
Location: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

APPLY NOW

You will be facilitating the class to support women engaging discussions on feminist issues. That includes thinking about emerging and ongoing issues and preparing a simple plan for the class.

Our need for volunteers varies throughout the year, so please check back on this page, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or sign up for our Newsletter to hear about opportunities as they arise. Scroll down for other ways to get involved!

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Other Ways To Get Involved

Fundraise or Donate

Could you fundraise to support our our work with refugee women?

Women for Refugee Women Support Us Donate Donation Amount

£1000

Can enable 10 women to attend our drama empowerment programme for a term.

Drama sessions support women’s personal empowerment and wellbeing. The sessions focus on developing performance poetry which enables women to share their stories safely and creatively.

Women for Refugee Women Support Us Donate Donation Amount

£30

Can provide emergency support to a woman in extreme hardship.

We provide small-scale grants to destitute women, to enable her to buy food or spend the night somewhere safe, for example.

Women for Refugee Women Support Us Donate Donation Amount

£120

Can provide a warm lunch for over 100 refugee women.

Beatrice (read her story below) cooks a nutritious lunch every week for the women who attend our drop-in. This lunch is a chance for women to build friendships, as well as a reliable meal for women who are living in extreme poverty.

Women for Refugee Women Support Us Donate Donation Amount

£10

Can enable a woman to attend our drop-in English lessons.

Attending these sessions is often the first step in a woman’s journey to empowerment. At our drop-in she will receive a warm welcome into a supportive community of women and develop the skills and confidence that she needs to challenge injustice and rebuild her life with dignity.

Spread The Word

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: admin@refugeewomen.co.uk