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Volunteer Chair to oversee strategic development of small refugee employment charity

Refugee Café


Posted over 30 days ago...

An exciting opportunity to shape a young organisation and have a positive impact in our community by supporting refugees to enter employment in the hospitality sector. As chair you will ensure the charity effectively delivers its objectives.


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London, SE8 4AG

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

We began in May 2020, where we established ourselves at local markets, food-related initiatives and community projects and events. We recently completed a pilot employment programme in partnership with Lewisham College and the cafe at The Albany Theatre in Deptford. Upon finishing the programme at Lewisham College, we are looking for a new Chair to lead the organisation’s vision and strategy for the upcoming year. The founding Board of Trustees are retiring their positions, giving way to a new enthusiastic and passionate Board with significant sector experience in either the food or refugee and migration sector. Main Responsibilities  

Lead the charity in strategic development to ensure we create a positive impact with our community and achieve our mission.  

Support the charity to achieve its strategic and operational objectives Facilitate monthly board meetings in stimulating, inclusive and well-rounded discussions and considered decision-making.  

Be a strong spokesperson for the charity both internally and externally

Liaise closely with the team of trustees and act as the focal point for organisational procedures and areas such as strategy, governance, safeguarding, finance, HR & management of risk. 

Maintain careful oversight of any risk to the reputational standing of the organisation. 

Represent the organisation at appropriate events, meetings or functions.

Encourage an inclusive and supportive board culture.  

Steering the long-term stability of the charity, through sustainable financial growth, including fundraising and other income generating activities

What are we looking for?

Qualities of the Role

Commitment to the organisation, its values, mission, and vision, and an enthusiasm for supporting its beneficiaries.

Understanding of challenges facing refugees in finding sustainable employment 

Experience of effective chairing and understanding of how to facilitate debate. You will ensure a balance is struck between time-keeping and space for board discussions.  

Experience in strategic roles and the ability to understand strategic issues, without losing sight of a vision of positive change.  

The ability to understand perspectives of others, to act collaboratively and diplomatically, and to secure collective decision-making. Ability to foster and promote a collaborative working environment. 

Effective written and oral communication skills, and be a proactive team player who delivers results.  

Flexibility in your approach, revising remits and objectives when necessary, and being comfortable with a degree of uncertainty. 

What difference will you make?

The Chair of Trustees is a key role in our organisation. Your leadership and commitment will ensure we act as a springboard for refugees by offering a pathway to employment and equipping individuals with skills and knowledge for a better future. Together with the board of trustees, you will shape our work, articulate our vision and drive our strategic direction.


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