Recruitment of Trustees - GMIAU

About Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit

We are a well-established North West voluntary organisation that has a local and national reputation for our work with refugees, people who are claiming asylum, and people whose lives are restricted by their unresolved immigration situation.

We have a team of specialist immigration lawyers and project workers who work together to support people who are in very difficult circumstances. We work with adults, children, and families and we carry an active caseload of over 1000 cases per year. As well as legal casework we run a number of additional services including a Refugee Family Reunion project, Asylum Support Housing Advice, Women at Risk, and we are part of the Manchester Volunteer Advice Partnership.

Over the last few years we have overcome the many challenges that the organisation has faced and our voluntary board of trustees have had to be flexible, focussed, and skilled in their responses.

We are very proud of what we do, who are as an organisation and what we stand for – being clear about why we exist and who we are here to support. Our broad mission is to promote the right to protection (asylum), equality, challenge racism, and to make sure that there is access to justice for everyone in need.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for trustees – two at least – who are passionate and committed to supporting refugees, people seeking asylum, and others, and who can commit to attending up to 12 board meetings per year.

Above all we are looking for people who share our values – we take difficult cases and we don’t give up easily; we make sure that we have the knowledge and expertise we need to succeed; we work with people to maximise the talents, humanity and value of our immigrant communities; we campaign for improvements in immigration law and policy; and we are not silent when we see injustice.

If you share our values and you have the skills and experience we are looking in some of the following areas please contact us:

  1. Coming to the UK as a refugee.
  2. Marketing, social media, promotions.
  3. Legal background.
  4. Fundraising.

What matters to us and why

We are looking for people who share our commitment to supporting refugees and people seeking asylum. Challenging inequality and discrimination and protecting the rights of people in need is what we are about. Making sure that the organisation is sustainable and secure for the longer-term is a top priority to ensure that we are able to effectively meet the needs of clients.

What’s the commitment?

The Board of Trustees meets every month. We alternate between business meetings and strategy meetings where we have the opportunity to assess the issues that will affect us in the future and plan our way forwards. Meetings are in the early evening and last a couple of hours. There are additional sub-groups that meet from time to time with a specific focus, such as looking for new premises, or staffing matters. What really matter is that trustees are reliable and can give the time commitment needed for the task.

Who to contact and how

If you are interested and would like to find out more please contact Denise McDowell, Chief Executive denise@gmiau.org

We have a written application form for those who would like to apply and we invite applicants to meet the members of the board. The Board will make the decision about applicants and can co-opt new trustees until the AGM in November at which new members will be put forward for election. Trustees serve for an initial 2 year term which is renewable.