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Expert by Experience Fundraising Role

Do you have lived experience as a refugee or of the UK asylum system?

Do you want to help change the lives of people seeking safety here in the UK?

Do you want to gain experience in fundraising?

No previous experience in fundraising is needed, just a passion to learn and explore creative ways to raise money to support Refugee Action’s front line and campaign work.

Who is Refugee Action?
Expert by Experience (EbE) is the term we use for people with lived experience of the UK asylum system. We currently have an opportunity for people with lived experience to join our EbE Fundraising Advisory Group to help shape the way Refugee Action communicates with our supporter base.

At Refugee Action, we have a vision of the UK in which refugees and people seeking asylum will be welcome, can get justice, live free of poverty and successfully rebuild their lives. We empower refugees and people seeking asylum to influence both our work, the issues that matter to them and decisions made by government, and we are a trusted partner for others who share our vision.

What is the role?

Our EbE Fundraising Advisory group will provide volunteers with the chance to learn key skills in fundraising, project management and copywriting and feed into Refugee Actions Communications and Fundraising activities.

This will be a learning environment, and we are looking for refugees and people seeking asylum who are looking for a creative challenge and an opportunity to develop new skills.

What is the time commitment?

• You would be expected to commit 2 hours every other week for a six month period.

What will the sessions include?

Each session will be split into two sections:
• Part One – Training and Development
The first hour will centre around professional development with opportunities to learn about specific areas of fundraising such as working with organisations or running events, as well as specific skill sets like writing fundraising copy, creative design or project management.
• Part Two – Co Creation
This is the opportunity to work together on different pieces of fundraising work, supported by our fundraising staff. It will include a mixture of exciting projects, such as the writing of fundraising letters, enabling you to take a lead role in the narrative we share with supporters.

Will I receive training and support?

On top of training included as part of the sessions you would receive
• Inductions and opportunities to attend additional training sessions
• Access to the internet and facilities
• Expenses to cover a refreshment during the sessions.

Where would I be based?

As this role is open to people living across the country, most sessions will be virtual. We will provide the equipment you need in order to do your role at home including access to the internet.

There will be two optional in person sessions at either our Manchester or London offices. Expenses to get to and from the venue will be covered by the charity.

What are the main duties?
• Attending the EBE Fundraising Advisory Group meetings
• Participating in the group fundraising projects/discussions
• Taking part in brainstorming activities
• Feeding into and helping create supporter communications
• Representing the group internally and externally

What skills are we looking for?

We will support the EBEs to get/ improve the skills they are looking for. However, joining EBE Fundraising will require some skills:

• An interest in working creatively to help charities reach their goals.
• Ability to communicate in English
• Ability to work with people from a range of different cultures and backgrounds
• Punctuality and reliability
• Basic IT skills
• Able to work as part of a team

How do I apply?

Please register your interest by emailing

We are committed to making every reasonable adjustment to the workplace or working arrangements to accommodate people with disabilities.

Please note applicants must be 18 years or older and have a lived experience of being an asylum seeker or a refugee.

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