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Freedom of assembly defence organisation ‘The Article 11 Trust’ seeks new Trustee

Freedom of assembly defence organisation ‘The Article 11 Trust’ seeks new Trustee

Closing Date
27 July 2022
Location
London
Time Commitment
2-8 hours a month

The Article 11 Trust are looking for at least three volunteer Trustees to join the Article 11 board for at least the next two years as we develop and grow the organisation.

Established in 2020, The Article 11 Trust is a UK-based charitable organisation working to defend and advance the rights to freedom of assembly and association under Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

For many years, grassroots groups in the UK have worked tirelessly to advance and defend the rights of individuals and movements to protest. Right now, this work is needed more urgently than ever, but the groups undertaking it have found it increasingly hard to access the resources they need.

To rise to these challenges, members of long-standing protest rights groups have come together to form the Article 11 Trust. Together with our partners and allies in the movement, The Article 11 Trust works to drive forward priority research and education projects, support grassroots groups to secure much-needed charitable funding, and raise public awareness around protest rights issues.

We help legal support groups to ensure people at protests know their rights. We facilitate ground-breaking research and education projects to push threats to protest rights into the spotlight. We help to empower the public to push for social justice through exercising their rights.

Current funding priorities

We have identified three key areas of particular focus over the next 12 months. These are:

Research and education work related to the factors surrounding disproportionate and heavy-handed protest policing experienced by black communities and other marginalised communities.
Research and education work that looks at the changing legal and social context of protest in the UK post-COVID environment.
The provision of direct legal guidance and training to people who attend protests with a particular focus to adapting to the post-COVID environment.

About the Trusteeship

As a trustee, you will attend our regular monthly board meetings, held over Zoom, in which we decide the strategic direction of the trust, take key decisions, and approve funding applications. Between meetings you may be asked to comment or advise on matters relating to your particular areas of expertise, or the trust as a whole.

As you become more familiar with the operation and needs of the Article 11 Trust you are encouraged to take on additional roles and responsibilities such as helping to:

·        Publicly represent the trust

·        Conduct fact finding and due diligence around new grant applicants

·        Scrutinise new grant applications

·        Draft and approve budgets

·        Draft funding applications

·        Recruit new staff and volunteers

·        Participate in internal processes

 

Time Commitment

The amount of time required to meet the requirements of trustees varies according to issues that arise and the responsibilities that individual trustees choose to take on. As a guide, incoming trustees should expect and commit to spend between 2 and 8 hours a month on Article 11 Trust business.

Volunteering activities will take place remotely, so there is no requirement for applicants to live in London. If successful applicants are required to come to London for an in-person meeting, expenses will be covered.

About you

Trustees will ideally be familiar with police monitoring, grassroots activism and community work but we also encourage applications from those with transferrable or specialist skills but who lack direct experience of this field. Most importantly, we are looking for passionate people who want to work with grassroots activists to make a tangible difference on a national level.

 

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