JOB DESCRIPTION: Chair of board of trustees

The Charity’s objectives are:

  • To provide relief to refugees, asylum seekers or similarly disadvantaged individuals and their dependents;
  • To preserve and protect the health of refugees, asylum seekers and their dependents;
  • To advance the education and training of refugees, asylum seekers and their dependents;
  • To provide or assist with the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time for refugees, asylum seekers and their dependents with the object of improving their conditions of life and assisting their inclusion into the wider community, in particular but not exclusively by the provisions of the drop-in centre.

Trustees meet approximately once a quarter to ensure these aims are fulfilled, to oversee the running of the charity and to guide it strategically. Trustees are expected to attend meetings as regularly as possible and to be fully prepared.

Responsibilities of the Chair

The charity is governed by a board of trustees who are seeking an experienced Chair to lead the organization going forward. Working closely with the other trustees and the charity coordinator, the Chair will ensure that the charity meets its objectives

We are preferably looking for a Chair who can demonstrate an understanding and interest in the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers or has a willingness to learn and a genuine interest in improving the prospects of this disadvantaged community within Streatham and south London.

You will have the skills necessary to lead a Board and support the trustees by providing strategic guidance and a foster a supportive and collaborative environment.

You will have a demonstrable ability to work with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and be adept at communicating effectively across the organization and with its users.

Additional responsibilities as a trustee

As well as being Chair you will have the following trustee responsibilities shared with other members of the board:

  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure that the organization pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives
  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds
  • If the charity employs staff, to appoint the Project Coordinator and monitor his / her performance

To apply for the role - please visit the Reach Volunteering website here: http://bit.ly/ChairStreatham

On Friday 22 June the Streatham Drop-in Centre is hosting a food-filled fundraiser as part of the Streatham Food Festival.

A selection of Eritrean, Ethiopian and world cuisine, with both vegetarian and meat options, will be on offer and the money raised from donations will go towards activities for children over the summer.

The centre, which has been open for 16 years, provides a range of practical needs-led services and activities for asylum seekers and refugees in the Streatham area.  Their services include drop in sessions offering general, health and legal advice, English language classes and a homework club for children on Saturday mornings. This Saturday [02 June] they took a group of young people to Streatham Community Centre Garden to learn about nature and plant their own flowers.

This will be the fourth year the centre has held the World Cuisine event in order to raise money for the charity.

Brian McCarthy, the centre’s coordinator said: “We’re really excited to host this event again this year. Last year we hosted over 70 people, and the funds raised paid for a children’s trip to the seaside.

“The food is always incredible and it’s great to see both people who use our service getting involved and sharing their cultures, as well as people completely new to the service just coming to find out more about what we do here.

“Our vision is a community in which all asylum seekers and refugees are welcomed, valued and able to participate fully in society. All are welcome, and people are able to walk in on the night.”

The event starts at 7pm on 22 June, at the Streatham Drop-in Centre, on 2 Mitcham Lane (next door to English Martyrs Church).

For all the latest Streatham Drop-in Centre news, follow us on Twitter @dropinstreatham or visit www.streathamdropin.org.uk



As part of our vision to enable asylum seekers and refugees to feel welcomed, valued and able to participate fully in society, this summer we are hoping to send a group of around 40 refugee children and their families on a day trip to the seaside at West Wittering beach near Portsmouth. We are hoping to raise £2000 to hire transport for the day and have a picnic...

You can donate here. https://mydonate.bt.com/events/childrefugeestoseaside


On Friday 23rd June, as part of the Streatham Food Festival, we'll be hosting a special fundraising event offering a selection of delicious Eritrean, Ethiopian and world food.

Last year this successful event raised funds for a children’s trip to the seaside. Come along, help raise funds for disadvantaged children and learn about the work of the charity.

Suggested Donation £10

To book email dropin@emchurch.plus.com or simply walk in on the night.

Streatham Drop-In Centre Streatham

2 Mitcham Lane (next door to English Martyrs Church)

SW16 6NN

Friday 23rd June at 7pm.

We're hosting another World Cuisine Fundraiser!


Thursday 16 June 2016 @7.00pm

Streatham Stables (The White Lion)

232 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BB

Please join for an evening of delicious Eritrean, Ethiopian and world cuisine.

This unique fundraising meal, will include a wide variety of traditional vegetarian & meat dishes from around the world, specially prepared for Streatham Food Festival.

Come along to try tasty food, learn more our work and raise funds towards refugee children and family activities.

 Suggested donation - £10 per adult

Families welcome

Reservations information: dropin@emchurch.plus.com

Alternatively feel free to turn up on the night

Thanks Streatham!

We raised over £700 at our Streatham Food Festival event this year, all of which will go to boosting much-needed services in the area.

We had a fantastic night raising awareness about the work of the centre and sharing food cooked by our users.

We even had a visit from MP Chuka Umunna, who spoke movingly of the need to support those in greatest need.