Refugee Survival Trust
Refugee Survival Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC024328

The Refugee Survival Trust was set up in 1996 by a number of concerned individuals as a reaction to the problem of refugees and asylum seekers being made destitute in Scotland. RST has a small team of dedicated staff and relies on continued support and expertise of its Board of Directors and a committed team of more than 50 active volunteers. The vision of RST is that all refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland receive just and respectful treatment and support appropriate to their needs and our mission is to do everything within our available resources and powers to achieve that vision by enabling and supporting asylum seekers and refugees in need. Our work focuses on four key areas: destitution, integration, awareness raising and research and policy work.

Current vacancies

Top job! Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Closing 19th November 2018

Experienced professionals sought as Trustees of the Refugee Survival Trust (Treasurer, HR and other roles)

The vision of the Refugee Survival Trust is that all refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland receive just and respectful treatment and support appropriate to their needs. We've been working for more than 20 years to assist some of the most vulnerable members of our society, particularly those who are facing destitution.

RST is based in Glasgow, with an income of around £350k pa and fewer than than five full-time employees, providing grants and integrated support services to asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland. These alleviate poverty and destitution, or help with access to education and employment, and thus to integration.

Our Treasurer and the head of the HR subgroup are standing down from our volunteer Board of Trustees, so we are now looking particularly for suitably experienced enthusiastic professionals with HR or Finance / Accountancy expertise to fill these incredibly important positions on our board. However, suitable skills and experience in other areas (such as senior management, organisational development / strategy, fundraising and others) would also be of interest. We are keen to recruit people with previous experience of charity or corporate governance. The board is made up of people with a variety of backgrounds and experiences who share our vision and who bring a range of skills essential to the successful governance of the charity, offering leadership, strategic direction, financial management and general oversight, along with a willingness to help as needed to promote the success of the Refugee Survival Trust.

Board meetings take place every 6-8 weeks, alternating between Edinburgh and Glasgow and board members should have the motivation and time to commit around 6-10 hours per month to help with the management and smooth running of the organisation. Travel and other expenses will be reimbursed.