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REFUGEE ADVOCACY LEAD

Job Title: Refugee Advocacy Lead

Location: Office-based; open to flexible working arrangements from anywhere in England, with a preference for Manchester, London, Birmingham or Leeds, with some travel including to partner meetings.

Hours: Full time (37.5 hours/ week Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm)

Salary: £22,000 per annum (subject to annual cost of living review)

Leave: 23 days annual leave including Bank Holidays rising after 24 months by 1 day after each year of service to maximum of 28 days per year

Contract: 1 year fixed term contract with possibility of extension depending on funding availability

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

Closing date: 5pm, Saturday, 25 June 2022

Interview date: Weeks commencing 4 & 11 July 2022. Interviews will be held in person, in 2 stages.

African Rainbow Family is looking for a dynamic Refugee Advocacy Lead passionately committed to upholding the rights of LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum at a critical time for the future of the asylum system and the rights of refugees.

We are a small but friendly and specialist team that campaigns for the rights of LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum from African heritage and wider BAME. We work with an extensive network of frontline partners to advocate for progressive change in the asylum and immigration system. We are based in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, London and Cardiff.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Advocacy

  • Lead and manage the advocacy service and manage cases of LGBTIQ people seeking asylum especially those of a complex nature.
  • Ensure service users have access to quality, pro bono or legal aid legal representation
  • Work with the CEO, Move-On and Integration Officer, Campaign and Communication Officer and Advocacy Assistants and consult with service users to develop African Rainbow Family’s advocacy support services in line with the changing needs and demands of LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum.
  • Oversee empowerment events and support delivery of other teams’ events, ensuring all events achieve a professional standard and high quality.
  • Conduct vulnerability assessments and prioritise people to receive ARF’s services.
  • Work with legal partners, other ARF’s centres’ staff and volunteers to organise monthly asylum meetings.
  • Provide one-to-one advocacy, emotional or practical support in person or over the phone

People management and supervision

  • Recruit, train and manage a team of volunteer advocates to assist with delivery of social events and other services and respond to queries to the office.
  • Oversee and organise training for staff and volunteers within the advocacy team
  • Manage a team of part time Advocacy Assistants across our other centres– Advocacy Assistants, working one day a week in each centre.
  • Provide supervision to volunteers and Advocacy Assistants.

Benefits include:

  • 23 days annual leave including Bank Holidays
  • Equipment to support remote working.
  • Flexible working policy.
  • Pension scheme.
  • Development and growth opportunities.
  • Free parking at our office.
  • Paid staff day off on their birthday
  • Paid 2 duvet days a year
  • Salary review
  • Employee reward scheme
  • Employee wellbeing support
  • Paid Sick leave after 6 months

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HOW TO APPLY: Download the job description and person specification from here, application form here and our Safer Recruitment Policy here. Email your completed application form and optional monitoring form to recruitment@africanrainbowfamily.org. For more information on this role or for an informal discussion please contact Aderonke Apata, Founder and CEO: 07711285567. If you know of someone who might be interested in this vacancy, please ask them to get in touch.

You may wish to check our other job opportunities here.

We welcome applications from people of all abilities/disabilities and backgrounds as we believe that each person brings their own valuable experiences to what we do. We encourage people with lived experience of the UK asylum system to apply. The successful candidate must have the right to work in the UK, will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check and to disclose all non-protected criminal records at the point of conditional job offer.

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REFUGEE ADVOCACY ASSISTANTS

Job Title: Refugee Advocacy Assistant x 4

Location: Office-based; open to flexible working with a preference for London, Birmingham and Leeds, with some travel including to partner meetings.

Hours: Part time (8 hours/ week, Monday to Friday – day to be arranged)

Salary: £21,547.5/annum pro rata (Actual: £4,596.80/annum, subject to annual cost of living review).There is opportunitand salary increase subject to funding.

 Leave: 23 days annual leave including Bank Holidays rising after 24 months by 1 day after each year of service to maximum of 28 days per year.                      

Contract: 1 year fixed term contract with possibility of extension depending on funding availability

Reporting to: Advocacy Lead

Closing date: 5pm, Saturday, 25 June 2022

Interview date: Weeks commencing 4 & 11 July 2022. Interview will be held in person, in 2 stages.

African Rainbow Family is looking for four dynamic part time Refugee Advocacy Assistants passionately committed to upholding the rights of LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum at a critical time for the future of the asylum system and the rights of refugees. Each Advocacy Assistant will be local to either Manchester or London or Leeds or Birmingham and work one day a week at our centre local to them.

We are a small but friendly and specialist team that campaigns and advocates for the rights of LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum from African heritage and wider BAME. We work with an extensive network of frontline partners to advocate for progressive change in the asylum and immigration system. We are based in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, London and Cardiff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Registering prospective new service users to and, when possible, making referrals to African Rainbow Family’s Moving-On and Integration and/or Campaign services, solicitors etc;
  • Providing non-legal and general information and signposting regarding the asylum process;
  • Visiting people in detention to provide support and collect or deliver documents for solicitors and others;
  • Liaising with solicitors in connection to specific cases e.g. attending legal appointments with vulnerable people seeking asylum;
  • Facilitating and enabling service users to write their personal statements (this process may take several sessions), writing letters of support, writing case reports on the background and current life of the claimant;
  • Providing one-to-one support when people are in vulnerable situations;
  • Making referrals to Freedom from Torture, Helen Bamber Foundation, Medical Justice etc.;
  • Working with doctors, social workers, mental health professionals and others supporting people seeking asylum;

Benefits include:

  • 23 days pro rata annual leave including Bank Holidays
  • Equipment to support remote working.
  • Flexible working policy.
  • Pension scheme.
  • Development and growth opportunities.
  • Flexibility around other commitments for part-time staff.
  • Paid staff day off on their birthday
  • Salary review
  • Employee reward scheme
  • Employee wellbeing support
  • Paid Sick leave after 6 months

Attachments

HOW TO APPLY: Download the job description and person specification from here, application form here and our Safer Recruitment Policy here. Email your completed application form and optional monitoring form to recruitment@africanrainbowfamily.org. For more information on this role or for an informal discussion please contact Aderonke Apata, Founder and CEO: 07711285567. If you know of someone who might be interested in this vacancy, please ask them to get in touch.

You may wish to check our other job opportunities here.

We welcome applications from people of all abilities/disabilities and backgrounds as we believe that each person brings their own valuable experiences to what we do. We encourage people with lived experience of the UK asylum system to apply. The successful candidate must have the right to work in the UK, will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check and to disclose all non-protected criminal records at the point of conditional job offer.

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MY TAKE ON THE NEW ASYLUM ASPEN CARD DEBACULE

An Aspen Card, as described by Privacy International  “is a debit payment card given to UK asylum seekers [people seeking asylum] by the Home Office. The Aspen Card provides basic subsistence support, but purchases on the card are closely monitored by the Home Office, making it an insidious surveillance tool.”

I believe that changes should not be made if there is going to be major failures. I liken the changes made to the Aspen card by the Home Office to the COVID-19 vaccine. Trials are made but the vaccine is not used immediately until there is 99% confidence in its success rate. With the Home Office Aspen cards, the opposite is the case.

On 21 May 2021, the Home Office basically introduced the change from one Aspen card provider, Sodexo to another, Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) and did not trial it to see how effective it would be. Instead, PFS issued cards en mass to people seeking asylum. This seemed like a trial and is failing in all ramifications.

I would like to reiterate that most people seeking asylum in the United Kingdom are given £39.63 a week as subsistence and also not allowed to work till their case is determined. This could take years. The £39 a week subsistence is not enough to cover basic needs. Now most people seeking asylum have not received the new Aspen cards. Where some have received them, there is no money in them. Some of these cards are being sent to wrong addresses or recipients.

This is absurd because this has been going on for weeks now and individuals/families are having to go without food or rely on food banks. More details can be found in the Guarding news:“Thousands of asylum seekers go hungry after cash card problems”

Charities such as African Rainbow Family and other organisations are being overburdened with this issue. These Charities are speaking out but as usual, just like the demands to increase the support, this demand is being kept in a waiting list or queue with the rest of our demands.

I call this inhumane because we should call a spade a spade. I am calling for the Home Office to look into this immediately!

You can make a donation towards food parcels for people seeking asylum here.

A big thank you to African Rainbow Family and other organisations that are supporting people seeking asylum with food parcels. I do urge people to support by raising their voices, donating and so on.

You can make a donation towards food parcels for people seeking asylum here.

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BY NESSAKEM NWOSU – TRUSTEE, AFRICAN RAINBOW FAMILY.