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Young refugee charity Big Leaf Foundation seeks new Trustee – legal expertise welcomed

Young refugee charity Big Leaf Foundation seeks new Trustee – legal expertise welcomed

Closing Date
27 May 2022
Time Commitment
Please enquire on application

Big Leaf Foundation is a small charity working with displaced young people aged 16-25 in Surrey. Our aim is to provide a nurturing programme of activities, projects and events that focus on combating social isolation and improving wellbeing for the young people we support. The experience of arriving in a new country is, for many young people, overwhelming and incredibly difficult. They are often cut off from everything that is familiar to them, leaving them vulnerable to loneliness, isolation, anxiety and
boredom. Our founders saw an opportunity to change their situation and help them feel a sense of inclusion within a network of their peers and the wider community.

We want to engage the young people we work with to be excited about the opportunities available to them, and to value their unique talents and abilities so that they can rediscover their potential and move forward with renewed optimism. We want to support and empower these young people to know that they are more than the status they have been given and help them find their place within their local community.

For more information please visit www.bigleaffoundation.org.uk


We are seeking individuals who have a strong empathy with our mission. We need individuals with experience, skills, and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

• lived experience of displacement or of seeking refuge in the UK;

• experience supporting displaced young people or people seeking refuge in the UK

• campaigning, advocacy and/or legal, engaging supporting services (Police, Council services etc)

• fundraising

We particularly welcome applications from people with a demonstrable interest in the plight of displaced young people and an in-depth understanding of our work and ambitions.

The Board of Trustees are jointly responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health, the probity of its activities and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

All trustees should also be aware of, and understand, their individual and collective responsibilities, and should not be overly reliant on one or more individual trustees in any particular aspect of the governance of the charity.

We ask that Trustees attend a minimum of two Big Leaf Foundation projects per year as we strongly believe this contributes to a better understanding of our organisation, how we work and the young people we support.


• Experience in one of the key areas outlined above (lived experience of displacement, campaigning and advocacy or fundraising).

• Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives.

• Excellent leadership and effective decision-making.

• History of impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.

• Track record of commitment to promoting equality and diversity.

Knowledge, skills and understanding:

• Commitment to the organisation and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.

• Preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the board, and willingness to speak your mind.

• Willingness to be available to staff/volunteers for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis.

• Good, independent judgement and strategic vision.

• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.

• An ability to work effectively as part of a team.


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