Help Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit by becoming a Trustee.

Do you believe that every person who claims asylum in the UK has the right to a rapid, fair and humane assessment of their claim?

Do you believe that someone who is newly arrived from another country, who may have been tortured and has gone through a harrowing journey should have the legal advice they need to understand how to make a claim for asylum?

Do you believe that people who are claiming asylum should be treated with respect and dignity and not forced to live in squalid conditions or be imprisoned?

Then we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for people who believe in what we are doing, who are committed to social justice more generally, and can help us to do it better. Some experience of the challenges faced by non-profit organisations would be helpful but is not essential. More important is your commitment to ensuring the rights of people seeking asylum and others are protected.

We are looking for people who have skills in: organisation management and development, finance, property/estate management, fundraising, communications and marketing, legal advice, immigration law or any of the other many other types of knowledge and skills necessary to run a complex charity with a turnover of approximately £1million and 23 staff.

See our Trustee page for more details and to download the applicaiton form.

Policy Officer

Do you want to help end the Hostile Environment? Build your policy, influencing and communications experience? Support children, young people and families to speak out about their experiences of immigration control? Then come work for us!

We are looking for someone to join us as our Policy Officer to help deliver our Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded work over the next three years. You’ll work with our Senior Policy Officer (who you will report to), our Senior Solicitor, Chief Executive and members of our legal and wider support team to understand how Hostile Environment policies impact children, young people and their families in the North West. A key part of the role will be working strategically to fight for positive changes at a local, regional and national level.

Here’s what we’re looking for

  • experience of conducting primary and secondary research
  • experience of analysing quantitative and qualitative information
  • strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to make strong, persuasive arguments
  • good project and workload management skills
  • a proactive attitude and willingness to learn new skills as required
  • experience/willingness to learn social media skills, press relations, website management
  • ability to work collaboratively with people across organisations and sectors
  • ability to organise events

The post is based from our office in Manchester. We are currently working remotely because of COVID-19. As things ease, travel to attend meetings, especially to London, may be required on an ad hoc basis. We recognise that the pandemic means you might want more information about our current working situation. For an informal discussion about the post please contact Amanda Shah, Senior Policy Officer We particularly welcome inquiries from people who have lived experience of being subjected to immigration control.

The closing date for applications is Friday 9 October at 12 noon.

Applications should be submitted to

Job TitlePolicy Officer
Holidays28 days / year
Hours35 / week


GMIAU relies upon qualified and experienced interpreters to provide a high-quality service to clients.

Interpreters are expected to attend GMIAU training and to comply with GMIAU policies. Interpreters are not employed by GMIAU and are expected to make their own arrangements for paying tax and National Insurance.

We are often looking for interpreters with specific language skills. Please check this page regularly for updates.

December 2019 – Thank you for your interest, we are not currently recruiting new interpreters.

Volunteer Roles

If you may be interested in becoming a volunteer for GMIAU in your spare time, please check our volunteer page for more details.