All best wishes for a healthy and safe 2021.
As we enter the new national lockdown we have had to review how we operate some of our services once again. Face to face appointments will only be possible where help cannot be offered by telephone or video meeting.
Refugee Support Devon is a charity that operates as a Limited Company. This means that we have to report to Companies House as well as the Charity Commission and that we need a Board with Directors to run legally.
Most of the time though, we think of ourselves as Trustees because we don’t make a profit and we only run to fulfil the goals of the charity. We are all volunteers who give our time for free to ensure efficient running of the organisation and adherence to all legal requirements; and often to help out in other ways. As a Board we try to be diverse with younger and older trustees from different backgrounds and ethnicities. What we have in common is the desire to make Devon a place of safety for refugees and asylum seekers.
Who we are….
Currently we have nine Trustees in post – we each have different experience and specialisms as you can read here:
What we do…
Board Meetings take place every two months. We work to an operational plan that guides our Agendas at each meeting and covers all the things we need to do to keep the charity legal, effective and safe for staff, volunteers and clients.
One item that always comes up is Finance – we are a small charity working on a shoestring and we largely rely on donations and grants to fund our work. This year has been particularly difficult and so if you are thinking of becoming a donor, now would be a good time!
At a recent Board meeting we also discussed a proposal to increase the level of good immigration advice that we can legally offer, by undertaking additional training to gain OISC Level 2 accreditation. This goes to the heart of our mission – but to do it we have some real obstacles to overcome – and you’ve guessed it – a major one of which is funding the costs….
In between Board Meetings, we have other meetings with staff and amongst ourselves, covering the specialist tasks that we are responsible for.
If you want to contact any of the Trustees, you can do so by emailing us marking your email “fao - trustee name”
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, then please look on the Volunteers page to check for Trustee vacancies.