For over 25 years we have been speaking out on behalf of those who are fleeing persecution, conflict and oppression; providing advice and practical support to asylum seekers and refugees seeking sanctuary in Wales.  We empower asylum seekers and refugees to build new futures in Wales and help create a society where respect and equality for all are paramount.

The Strategic Plan 2017-2020 states that our vision is “Working together for a Wales where refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed, respected and have access to protection, safety and dignity, that enables them to contribute and fully participate in the Welsh society”.  Our mission is “To improve the lives of asylum seekers and refugees in Wales through delivering specialist support and influencing policy and practice”.

The Strategic Plan is on our website at - https://welshrefugeecouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/news/files/Strategic%20Plan%202017-2020.pdf

The geographical footprint of WRC covers the four dispersal areas of asylum seekers in Wales (Cardiff, Swansea, Newport & Wrexham) in addition to three local authorities.

Trustees wanted

We now have a number of trustee vacancies on our Trustee Board of Fourteen. We are looking for people who can help direct the WRC towards realising our vision and achieving our mission and our objectives as described in the Strategic Plan.

Trustees would need to be able to make a commitment to the WRC and devote the necessary time, have strategic vision, independent judgements, an ability to think creatively and willingness to speak their mind.

Skills and experience

We would welcome applications from potential trustees with a background and skills in one or more of the following areas:

·        Human Rights

·        Performance management

·        Income generation/fund raising.

·        Human resources

·        PR and communications

·        Law

·        Policy and Advocacy

We would expect all trustees to have a good understating/knowledge of the refugee experiences and issues within a Welsh, UK or global perspective. We are particularly keen to achieve a diverse Board of Trustees and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.  We would particularly welcome applications from refugees or asylum seekers.

Potential trustees are asked to contact Catherine McKeag, Vice Chair via '; // --> for an application form. Please complete an application form by the closing date stated below. CV’s will also be considered as part of the application process but we will only consider CV’s that are sent alongside a completed application form. 

All potential trustees will be interviewed and will need to supply two references.  All trustees are expected to comply with the Nolan Principles on public life and understand their roles and responsibilities as outlined within Charity Commission guidance CC3. The Essential Trustee http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/publications/cc3.aspx

The Trustee Board holds six full meetings a year and trustees also attend either the Strategy or Resources sub-committee which meet four times a year.

The closing date for applications is 30th November 2018 at 12 noon

The interviews will take place on the 10th December 2018

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