New Trustees

Wanstead and Woodford Migrant Support is Looking for Trustees

About us

WWMS is a small charity based in North East London.  The charity welcomes people of any faith or none to use its services. It is a Christian initiative that has its roots in a Baptist church in Woodford and a Methodist church in Wanstead.  We are keen to maintain our Christian ethos.

Our mission is to empower migrants so that they can achieve their life goals.  WWMS currently provides a specialist immigration advice service.  Last year we secured funding that has enabled us to assist more beneficiaries.  However, the current Board of Trustees lacks the time, skills and experience to meet the increasing demands of the organisation. We are seeking three additional trustees to support the following service priorities:

  • Consolidation of our immigration advice service
  • Development of our new pre-action protocol service addressing housing and health issues
  • Establishing a comprehensive information, signposting and referral service

and to build long-term sustainability, including: 

  • Readiness to employ first paid worker
  • Reaching out to and involving the local community
  • Drawing up and implementing fundraising and marketing strategies
  • Establishing mechanisms to allow for more service-user involvement

Responsibilities of the Trustee Board

  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its stated charitable purpose, as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy
  • Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing constitution and charity law
  • Ensuring that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable purpose for the benefit of its service users
  • Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • Ensuring the financial stability of the organisation
  • Protecting and managing the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds

 Person Specification

  • Commitment to the organisation
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak your mind
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship, or willingness to learn about these
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team

The Board of Trustees particularly welcomes Trustees with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Policy and campaigning
  • Advice provision
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Previous experience as a trustee is not required

Role details

  • This is a voluntary position
  • The Board meets at least four times per year
  • Board meetings are normally held in our office space in Woodford Green, however these meetings are currently held remotely
  • You will be able to commit an additional 4 hours per week
  • Reasonable expenses will be covered
  • An induction will be provided and training will be offered

This is an exciting and challenging time to become involved.  You can make a real difference to our work to empower our beneficiaries.

WWMS is fully committed to equality of opportunity and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified people. However, at present WWMS wishes to diversify its board and we particularly encourage interest from those with lived experience similar to those of our beneficiaries.

Anyone interested should send their CV with a covering email stating where they saw this advertisement to Andrew Viggers at a.viggers@wwms.org.uk. For an informal chat, please email Andrew on the same address to make initial contact. We are interested in hearing from people with a range of skills, not just those outlined above.

Closing date: 31 January.  Interviews will be held in early February.

For further information please visit our website: https://wwms.org.uk/