Trustees needed!

Trustee Vacancies

West End Refugee Service (WERS) is seeking enthusiastic, highly motivated people to join our Board of Trustees.

This is an exciting time for WERS as we reach our 20th anniversary and are in the process of reviewing the charity’s Business Plan and Strategic Objectives. 

To support WERS to continue moving forward we are encouraging people with a range of skills and experiences to get in touch.  However, a recent skills audit identified that the board would benefit from additional expertise in the following areas:

  • Human Resources
  • Research & Policy
  • Financial Management & Accounting
  • PR, Communications & Marketing
  • Fundraising

We are particularly interested in hearing from people with lived experience of the UK asylum system. 

Although based in the West End of Newcastle, applications are encouraged from throughout the area. The positions are voluntary, but travelling expenses would be reimbursed.

Trustees are responsible for setting the strategy and policies of WERS, as well as guiding and supporting the Director and staff team. Meetings are held every two months on a Wednesday between 4pm and 6pm.

Expressions of interest should be supplied with a CV and covering letter detailing any relelevent skills, knowledge and experience.  These should be sent to the Project Director, Sean Gladwin, by 5pm on Thursday 27th June 2019 via email to: director@wers.org.uk  

Applicants will be asked to complete a skills survey, followed by an invitation to an informal meeting for a friendly chat with the Project Director and the Chairperson.

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WERS volunteer project receives Big Lottery Funding, January 2019

We are very happy to announce that the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund have awarded us a three year grant to develop and run our Volunteer Project – Support, Empowerment, Community. Central to this is skillsmatch – a new web-based initiative that matches the skills and interests of asylum seekers and refugees with volunteering opportunities out in the community. The funding also supports our befriending scheme and involves working closely with local people and asylum seekers and refugees on volunteer projects.  A massive thank you to the Big Lottery for supporting us…and also to all at Creative Fuse North East and our partners Roots and Wings, Newcastle University and Teesside University who helped create the original pilot project. We’ll start the fully funded project in April and can’t wait to get going! Watch this space for developments!

To find out more about our new project skillsmatch, please visit the volunteer page here.

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Skillsmatch

We have recently completed the first stage of our Creative Fuse Innovation pilot project, Skillsmatch, a platform that matches the skills, experience and interests of asylum seekers and refugees with a broad range of volunteering opportunities in the Newcastle area. You can read the Skillsmatch Report here. We’re now embarking on the second stage of the pilot. Read more about the project on our volunteer page.

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Skillsmatch: a new digital project for WERS

WERS is very pleased to have been awarded an innovation pilot grant by Creative Fuse North East for a new digital project.
The project will explore the viability of a skills-matching website, pairing asylum seekers and refugees with community volunteering opportunities which specifically correspond to their specific interests and skills sets.

Read more about it on our Volunteer page

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