BEACON Trustee (voluntary)

Closing Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2017

Closing time: 01:20

We are seeking new trustees!

About BEACON

BEACON was set up in 2005 as a Christian ecumenical partnership to address the needs and concerns of asylum seekers in the Bradford area, in response to the Biblical injunction to welcome the stranger.

  • BEACON works with other organisations, to offer care and support to asylum seekers, challenge negative and destructive attitudes to asylum seekers and campaign against unjust legislation. 
  • We aim to encourage and enable the contribution of asylum seekers to the wider community.
  • We seek to help people to make connections between their faith and Asylum issues.
  • Our services, volunteering and employment opportunities are open to all irrespective of faith or other differences.
  • The four BEACON Projects are run by 60 volunteers with the support of part time paid staff.

BEACON’s Projects:

McKenzie Friends

Trained volunteers offer support to asylum seekers who do not have access to legal representation and are left to face the asylum system alone. Our volunteers support at the appeal stage and when asylum seekers wish to make a new claim for asylum. Volunteers support asylum seekers to represent themselves by providing moral and practical support at their hearing at Phoenix House, the Bradford Tribunal Hearing Centre and in making further submissions of evidence to the Home Office.

The Hosting Project

This offers short, medium term and sometimes longer-term accommodation within the homes of volunteer hosts, to asylum seekers who are destitute. For the many asylum seekers whose initial claims are refused, hosting provides a period of stability to enable them to gather evidence to make a further application.  A significant number of those we have hosted have eventually been granted leave to remain.

CHAT Phoenix House

Volunteers offer a friendly welcome and simple refreshments to asylum seekers attending the appeal court at Phoenix House.  Many of them have fled from traumatic situations in their homelands and then face racism and prejudice in the U.K.  Appellants appreciate the compassionate concern of CHAT volunteers.

CHAT English Conversation Club

Offers an opportunity for asylum seekers, refugees and other non-native speakers to build skills and confidence through practising their English conversational skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Can you help?

We are seeking additional trustees to help shape the future of the organisation through a period of significant change, growth and development. We are looking for skilled and committed individuals to join the unpaid Board of Trustees. The Board is collectively responsible for the governance and strategic direction of BEACON. Successful applicants will be expected to take an active role in ensuring the organisation’s work towards its key missions, objectives and goals.

We are especially interested in applicants with board-level experience and expertise in one or more of the following: fundraising, legal issues, equal opportunities, HR, marketing, strategic planning, issues facing asylum seekers and campaigning.

Trustees are asked to commit an average of 1- 2 days each month to the organisation, which will include attending board meetings, possibly sub groups and occasional events. They will be expected to remain well informed about the organisation and its activities and take a personal interest in and collective responsibility for its development and sustainability.

Ideally new board members will have previous experience in a similar role and some understanding of the voluntary sector and small charities.

Go to our website for more information and to download a full role description

How to apply

Interested candidates are asked to make initial contact with Lizzie Lowenstein (Team Leader) beacon@beaconbradford.org 01274 727 525 for more information. Applicants will then be asked to send the Chair of BEACON: a CV, details of two references and a short supporting statement setting out why they want to become a Trustee of BEACON; what skills and qualities they would bring to the Board; why they are interested in the position and what qualities make them a suitable candidate. Applications will be reviewed by the board of trustees at Trustee meetings. 

Voluntary (per annum)

Hours: 1-2 days per month

Further details available at: www.beaconbradford.org

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