AVID is looking for new Trustees

AVID is looking to recruit new Trustees - including a Treasurer -  to support the work of our small, national charity based in East London. 

AVID is the national support organisation working with volunteer visitors groups across the UK. We support 17 member organisations, who in turn coordinate the volunteering of over 650 individuals in every single detention centre and residential short term holding facility in the country. 

Immigration detention is one of the greatest stains on our human rights record, and for over 23 years AVID has worked directly with those held, and the community groups that support them. We've established new groups as new centres have opened, helped existing groups with capacity building, funding, training and volunteer recruitment. We've helped ensure access for visitors groups in places of detention, and successfully lobbied on behalf of all those detained for better treatment and conditions. We are also actively involved in the movement for detention reform as part of the Detention Forum

This is an exciting time in our development and we are looking for Trustees with the skills and experience to help support the work of our organisation. In addition to having a sympathy with our objectives, and an interest in support people in detention, we would welcome Trustees who have experience of serving on a Board before, or who have (for example) particular skills in fundraising/grants management, charity governance, organisational development, or strategy and policy. We would be particularly pleased to hear from anyone with personal experience of being in detention or who has been through the asylum process. 

We are particulary interested in hearing from individuals who have fundraising experience (whether through grants, or through community fundraising or individual donations) and those who are interested in joining as a Treasurer. 

For more information, you can call our Director Ali McGinley in the AVID office on 0207 281 0533, for an informal chat. She can put you in touch with the Chair of our Trustees, Andrew Wilson. 

Applications are invited by CV and Covering Letter stating how your interest, skills and experience would be of benefit to AVID. Applications close on the 12th October and interviews will be held shortly afterwards. 

Full details and role descriptions for Trustee and Treasurer roles are available here



Publication date: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017