Islington Refugee Forum (IRF) is looking for new members to expand its board of trustees. IRF is governed by five trustees and an associated member all elected in the IRF Annual General Meetings.

IRF Board of Trustees is looking forward to recite representatives of wider refugee community in Islington bringing new skills and experience to the Forum in the areas of fundraising, monitoring, marketing as well as shaping public policy.
IRF Board of Trustees meets quarterly in VAI, 200 A Pentonville Road and it acts as governing body that ensures IRF does what it sets out to do.
In line with IRF constitution, the maximum of the trustees is eleven members. All trustees wish to stay in post for six terms (one term being the period between Annual General Meetings) must stand down for at least twelve months before being eligible to stand.
IRF reimburses the trustees travel expenses if they wish to claim it.
We would be delighted to receive applications from representatives of refugee community organisations based in Islington who serve refugee communities in this borough. The board of Trustees would ensure that 2/3 of the members are from refugee – led organisations.

If you like to receive more information about the IRF and the trustees’ role please contact us on:
Tel: 0207 832 5847 ; E-mail: If you like more information about our work, please visit our website:

The deadline of the application is 15th April. The application form is attached. The decision of accepting the nomination will be made in the following trustees meeting end of April 16.
Thank you very much.
Janan Aljabiri
Working Days: Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30-5:30.
Islington Refugee Forum
VAI 200A Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP
Tel: 0207 832 5847 ; E-mail:
Charity Registration No: 1116479; Company Registration No: 05603929

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IRMF Background
Holloway Neighbourhood Group is a multi-purpose community organisation based in the heart of Holloway, Islington. Our aim is to provide support and services and build connections to empower people to lead fulfilled lives as part of their community. We do this through the operation of our 2 centres: the Old Fire Station – a busy, friendly community centre; and the Stress Project – where we provide counselling, complementary therapies and social support for people who experience mental health issues and stress related illness.

Whether you are an experienced Trustee or wanting to take your first step at Board level, we want to hear from you. To strengthen our Board discussions and decision-making we are seeking to increase the diversity of backgrounds of our Trustees. As such, applications are most welcome from people from BAMER communities, people with lived experience of the challenges we address - such as mental health and poverty, as well as from residents of Islington.

Voluntary Action Islington (VAI) has been operating for over 50 years in Islington as the 'umbrella' organisation for the not-for-profit sector providing a wide range of capacity-building support and organisational development to local voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise sector organisations (VCFSE) both directly and by working with partners. VAI has

Their role is to:

• set the school’s strategic direction
• hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
• ensure that the school’s budget is properly managed and money is well spent.
School governors usually serve a four-year term of office, but can resign at any time. If you become a school governor, you will be expected to:
• attend around three meetings of the governing boards every year, plus meetings for any committees you’re on
• ·visit the school once a term
• commit to complete on-going training to continuously update your knowledge

• hybrid.

What do I need to be a governor?
• Commitment and a passion for education
• The necessary skills and/or experience to be able to support and challenge the headteacher and contribute to discussions and decision-making
• A willingness to learn
• Good interpersonal skills
• Time
• An appropriate level of literacy and sufficient numeracy to understand basic data
Knowledge of the locality and communities in which the school operates can be very helpful.

As a Trustee you will have:

• Induction, training and reimbursable expenses.
• Opportunities to learn about the management and strategic side of charities by taking on a leadership role.
• The chance to put your skills and experience to use by helping to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

Of course, you will also share our passion for building an inclusive, ambitious charity that can best serve the needs of our community in the years ahead.

For an informal chat contact our Chief Executive, Lucy Bingham – / 020 7607 9794.

We are looking for experience of the following:
• Expertise around social media, branding, marketing and communications,
• Participation and membership
• Research
• Legal – employment and HR

We are particularly keen to recruit members who have one or more of the following skills:
• Fundraising
• HR & Legal
• Property Management
• Health and Social Care
• Public Health
• Volunteering

We are also keen to increase diversity amongst our Trustees. So we are particularly encouraging people from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, and Refugee (BAMER) backgrounds, LGBTQ+ community and people with disabilities to apply.

Deadline for applications: 30 July 2023

A Recruitment Pack containing details of the role and how to apply is attached, and also available to download on
Useful Links
IRMF is registered charity & a companylimited by guarantee ISLINGTON REFUGEE FORUM (IRMF) C/o Voluntary Action Islington (VAI)200A Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP
Tel: 0207832 5847 E-mail: info@islingtonrefugeeforumorg
Charity Registration No: 1116479,
Company Registration No: 05603929