Alex Green

We’re hiring! Apply to join us as Policy & Advocacy Officer

POLICY AND ADVOCACY OFFICER

 

Application deadline: 9am, Thursday 5th November.

Choose Love seeks a talented and creative Policy & Advocacy Officer to secure policy changes that promote the rights, justice and dignity of displaced people.

  • Do work that inspires. Every day at Choose Love is an opportunity to make a real, tangible difference to the lives of refugees and displaced people.
  • Collaborate with creative, exciting people that really care. Work with friendly, smart, dedicated people for whom this is more than a job – it’s a passion.
  • Be part of a brave, innovative start-up spirit. We’re a young organisation with big ambition. We’re nimble, always learning and not afraid to take risks.

 

About Choose Love

  • Our Vision: a world that chooses love and justice every day for everyone.
  • Our Mission: we do whatever it takes to identify, close and prevent gaps in services and protections for refugees and displaced people globally.  

 

About the Job

Choose Love seeks a talented and creative Policy & Advocacy Officer to secure policy changes that promote the rights, justice and dignity of displaced people.

Policy & advocacy work:

  • Map targets, moments and tactics for achieving change
  • Develop key messages and policy positions using evidence from our partners and in consultation with Choose Love staff, partners and experts by experience
  • Create thoughtful policy recommendations & actions to create meaningful long term change
  • Prepare high quality, evidence-based policy submissions, briefings and responses to Bills
  • Work with our field teams, programmes team and partners to gather data to inform policy work
  • Research, evidence gathering and copy editing for reports to inform advocacy goals
  • Provide evidence for witness statements for strategic litigation cases that advance policy objectives

External Relations:

  • Develop relationships and conduct advocacy with government departments, parliamentary bodies, oversight bodies and other political influencing targets
  • Develop strategic partnerships at local and national levels with allies and relevant institutional bodies
  • Promote the input and voices of experts by experience at external engagements
  • Create and maintain database of parliamentary and other advocacy targets
  • Represent the organisation at external meetings

Other:

  • Provide specialist and up to date knowledge on the rights of displaced people and unaccompanied children
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation, when relevant
  • Undertake any other work, as required

 

About you

  • Have minimum 2-3 years experience working doing policy and advocacy work for an NGO or political campaign, ideally relating to the rights of displaced people
  • Possess authentic passion for Choose Love’s mission and work. Lived experience of any kind is a plus. 
  • Knowledge of UK and international refugee law and policy and a strong understanding of issues facing displaced people
  • Proven experience of delivering policy impact
  • Experience amplifying the voices of people with lived experience
  • A good working knowledge of Parliamentary procedures, and the structure and workings of the Government
  • Exceptional writer and editor with meticulous attention for detail, including in order to influence policy and raise public awareness.
  • Are willing to listen and learn, making space for ideas and approaches that are different than your own.
  • Proven ability to oversee a wide range of tasks and to manage multiple competing deadlines.
  • Take ownership of and initiative in everything you do, while understanding how to work across teams.

 

How to apply

Choose Love wishes to encourage applications from a wide variety of backgrounds who can drive and inspire change for refugees and displaced people. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic candidates, and candidates with disabilities.

Choose Love promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We make employment decisions by matching business needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We are happy to talk about flexible working and we promote a workplace where you can be your authentic self and achieve success based only on your merit.

This role will be full-time, based in London and the salary is £28-35k.

Please apply with a cover letter (of no more than two pages) outlining your suitability for the role and a copy of your CV to advocacy@helprefugees.org. We are particularly interested in any examples of work you’ve led that demonstrate the requirements above. Please include links to any examples you feel are relevant.

 

Application deadline: 9am, Thursday 5th November.

Interviews w/c: 16 November

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We’re hiring! Apply to join us as a Communications Assistant (three-month contract)

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT – SHORT-TERM THREE-MONTH CONTRACT

Please note: applications are no longer being accepted for this role. 

Application deadline: Friday 3 July

Are you a social media ace, with top notch writing and  design skills? Do you create a mean Instagram Story? Do you know what it takes to communicate big ideas, get people on board and talk about difficult issues with sensitivity? Do you have a love of humanity that knows no borders?

If so, you could be the one we’re looking for.

We are looking for a Communications Assistant to take on a short-term, three-month role supporting our communications team, primarily working on creating and moderating web and social media content.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the role will be home-based, with some potential for working in our London office, dependent on how the situation develops.

ABOUT THE ROLE

You will support with:

Social media

  • Create compelling, on-brand content for Facebook, Instagram, twitter on a daily basis. Copywriting skills are a must; design and video editing skills highly desirable.
  • Social listening to ensure Help Refugees is abreast of current issues and debate.
  • Reply to comments and questions on Help Refugees’ social media swiftly, effectively and in organisational tone of voice.
  • Work with Help Refugees colleagues in field teams to source content about our work on the ground.
  • Support the Communications team in planning and delivery of exciting content around key moments.

 Website

  • Help keep Help Refugees and Choose Love websites up-to-date
  • Potentially provide support to new website project.

Fundraising

  • Support Facebook Birthday Fundraisers.
  • Support individual and community fundraisers on our website.
  • Support online fundraising, including supporter emails and social media fundraising appeals.

Other responsibilities as necessary

  • Support on internal collating and storing of photography, video and stories.
  • Support media engagement on Help Refugees’ work.
  • Other ad hoc duties as required.

Essential

  • You’re a confident, creative communicator with excellent writing skills.
  • You’re a social media enthusiast with in-depth familiarity with Instagram (including Stories), Facebook and Twitter.
  • You have a passion for justice and human rights, especially refugee rights.

Desirable

Ideally you will bring at least one of these to our work:

  • Lived experience of displacement or migration.
  • A track record of using social media platforms to raise awareness, organise and/or fundraise.
  • Design skills, using tools such as InDesign or Photoshop; ability to create beautiful and impactful visual content.
  • Basic video editing skills.
  • Experience working in the field of humanitarian aid, refugees or migration.

ABOUT YOU

You choose love 

You are motivated by a love of humanity that knows no borders.

You are a doer 

You spot opportunities for impact and make things happen. You are comfortable working on scrappy passion projects and longer-term strategic campaigns. A good day is when you’ve done something to change the world.

You are a creative communicator 

You know the world is changed by stories and you want to be at the heart of telling them. You can communicate complex ideas with clarity, powerful stories with passion and understand how to move people.

You are curious 

You know good ideas can come from anywhere and are constantly looking at the world around you for inspiration.

You are a team player

You work best when part of a small, collaborative team. You are happy to muck in when needed and the words ‘not my job’ have never crossed your lips.

You are entrepreneurial

You think beyond the limits of your current role. You take risks, celebrate failure and never stop generating ideas.

ABOUT HELP REFUGEES

In August 2015, a group of friends started using the hashtag #helpcalais to organise a van full of donations. Within a week, we had raised £56,000 and were soon receiving 7,000 items every day.

We are now one of the largest providers of grassroots humanitarian aid in Europe, and currently support over 120 projects across Europe, the Middle East and US-Mexican border.

Each of these projects is powered by ordinary people who are stepping up where governments are failing to provide even the most basic services. From those keeping rescue boats afloat, to the volunteers distributing tents and hot food, to the brave souls working under the desert sun to place water along the Mexican border.

We also support those working to build a brighter future — the teachers working to ensure refugee kids don’t miss out on an education, the therapists helping heal the invisible scars of war, and the lawyers working to unite families.

Our ‘Choose Love’ brand has been worn by Oprah, Julia Roberts, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and thousands more across the world. Our ‘buy nothing’ pop-up stores in London, New York and LA have raised more than four million and gained headlines in New York Times, The Guardian and CNN. Our founders have addressed audiences including Barack Obama, Sheryl Sandberg and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

TERMS

  • The role will report to the Communications Manager.
  • Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the role will work from home with high levels of communication via Zoom and phone. Depending on the situation, there may be potential for some working from our Somerset House office.
  • This is a three-month role, starting as soon as possible.
  • Salary will be in line with other NGOs.

HOW TO APPLY 

Help Refugees does not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, colour, religion, gender, age, sexuality or any other protected class. We support workplace diversity and believe it creates dynamic, relevant organisations, fostering spaces for innovation and creativity. We are working hard to increase the diversity of our team and encourage you to be a part of it.

We are committed to making our roles and culture inclusive. We can make reasonable adjustments throughout the application process and on the job. If you have particular accessibility needs, please get in touch and let us know any requirements you may have.

Please note: applications are no longer being accepted for this role. 

We particularly encourage you to include links to any writing, films, images or other content that you have created, that help demonstrate you meet the requirements set out in this job description.

CVs without cover letters will not be considered.

Application deadline: Friday 3 July

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Choose Art | Give Light to Refugees – fundraising art auction launches 8th June

For the month of June, art patrons, curators, gallerists and art lovers alike are invited to attend “Choose Art | Give Light to Refugees”, an online exhibition and auction, raising funds for our COVID-19 emergency appeal.

Launching on Monday 8th June and spanning three weeks, the online exhibition aims to raise funds for the refugees affected by the COVID-19 crisis through the love of art. Choose Art | Give Light to Refugees showcases a wide spectrum of art from 150 well- established and emerging artists from all corners of the globe via auction website Galabid.

With internationally renowned artists including Emmanuelle Bousquet (France), Anita Taylor (UK), Ian Howard (Australia), Guy Warren (Australia), Belinda Fox (Netherlands) and Luke Sciberras (Australia), the exhibiting artists all bring a unique perspective for this global cause. Open until Friday 29th June, the general public are invited to attend the online exhibition, bid in the auction.

We want to extend our thanks to Nicky Ginsberg and all the other incredible organisers and the brilliant, generous artists. We continue to be amazed by the ways people are finding to support their fellow humans in this strange and challenging time.

From Monday 8th June, access the auction here.

Guy WarrenGuy Warren | The coming of the boatman Etching No 14/15 53 x 67 cm

Nicole Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Kelly | Saint Sixte 2019 Oil in tin 13 x 12 x 6.5cm Courtesy of Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

Barbara WalkerBarbara Walker | Tableau I 2016 Graphite on paper and digital print 70.5 x 54 cm

Header image by Hyejin Shin | Cosmic Relation 2019 Ink and acrylic gouache on Korean paper 60×200 cm 

 

 

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Press Release – Help Refugees response to announcement that Section 67 ‘Dubs Amendment’ now ended 

Today the government has confirmed in the newly released Immigration Statistics that, after four years, the Section 67 ‘Dubs’ scheme has ended. Through this route, 480 unaccompanied children living in Europe have been brought to safety in the United Kingdom.

Where it started: the Calais Jungle camp

Whilst working in the Calais Jungle camp, five years ago, we were supporting hundreds of young children travelling without their families, some as young as six years old. We campaigned alongside Alf Dubs and organisations such as Safe Passage for an amendment to the Immigration Act that would allow the UK to offer sanctuary to unaccompanied minors, as Britain had done in WW2. Alf Dubs himself found sanctuary in the UK in this way when he was 6 years old hence the name the Dubs Amendment. Once it was passed as law, those of us working on the ground could see the government was taking no action to bring these children to safety. Help Refugees, along with our incredible supporters, launched a strategic litigation against the government in October 2016 to ensure they took action. During the week of the Calais Jungle camp evictions, starting on October 16th 2016, the UK government facilitated the legal transfer of 280 children. 

Refugees Welcome march

Help Refugees strategic litigation

What came next is nearly four years of legal challenges and campaigning to pressure the UK government to uphold its promise to provide refuge for children still living in dire conditions across Europe, and fill the remaining 200 spaces available. With a legal battle that has spanned over three years, it would be a stretch to call the Dubs scheme a ‘success’.

Over 215,000 unaccompanied children have applied for asylum in the European Union (EU) since 2015. The United Kingdom has welcomed a tiny number of these children. And very few have reached our shores through safe and legal routes of passage. An incomprehensibly slow, inefficient and unfair asylum system has left thousands of children living in limbo. In the time it’s taken for the Home Office to process the filling of the 480 spaces to which it committed, hundreds more children have gone missing. We have campaigned to hold the government to account at every step of the process and will continue to do so. 

The situation in 2020

Today, there are still over 6000 unaccompanied children living in makeshift refugee camps across Europe. With our amazing partners, we support these children with access to lawyers/rights, clothing, food, shelter and education. With conditions in Calais the worst they’ve ever been and thousands of children trapped on the Aegean islands in Greece, we must work harder than ever to ensure these children can find safety. Without safe and legal routes, children are pushed into the hands of smugglers and traffickers.

A huge thank you to our supporters

However amidst the struggles of the last five years we have also seen just how much people care. Local authorities, foster families, social workers and volunteers; Britain has shown its immense capacity to choose love. We would not have been able to achieve any of this work without you. Our supporters have campaigned tirelessly for the rights of unaccompanied refugee children. We would also like to especially thank our dear friend Lord Alf Dubs, without whom none of this work would have been possible. Alf has campaigned day and night to ensure that these 480 children have the right to a safe future in the UK.

“I am pleased by the news today that the children we have been campaigning for so hard to bring to safety are now here in Britain. But I have never accepted the cap at 480 places. We know that local authorities have capacity to take many more children. And we know that there are thousands of children sleeping outside tonight in refugee camps across Europe. There is a huge amount more work to be done to bring unaccompanied children to safety and to welcome them across Britain as we know has always been possible.”Lord Alf Dubs

For further information about our legal challenge please see here.

For more information/media comments please contact: 

Josie Naughton, CEO, Help Refugees

josie@helprefugees.org / Mobile – +44 7944559838

Maddy Allen, Advocacy Manager, Help Refugees  

maddy@helprefugees.org / Mobile – +44 7757722718 

 

Dubs Judicial Review Stella Creasy Juliet Stevenson

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Help Refugees statement on Turkey abandoning its deal with the EU

Help Refugees warns of potential humanitarian catastrophe and the urgent need to act as Turkey announces it will no longer stop refugees reaching Europe. Ankara has also talked of opening its Syrian border, after 33 Turkish military reportedly killed by Assad/Russian forces.

In the last 24 hours, the Turkish government has suggested it will open its southwestern border with Syria for 72 hours to allow Syrians fleeing the pro-government forces’ assault free passage to Europe, after 33 Turkish military were reportedly killed by Assad/Russian forces. Syrian refugees are already heading to the border point.

Moreover, Turkey is no longer preventing refugees from crossing the borders of neighbouring Greece and Bulgaria, as ‘Turkey can not bear the pressure of the new refugees’. This decision effectively reverses the 2016 deal Turkey struck with the EU to cut the numbers of people entering Europe.

The Turkish coast guard has been stood down; it normally stops an average of 60% of the boats to Greece (where nonetheless over 4600 people have arrived since the start of the year). Turkish media began broadcasting footage of boats leaving this morning; two have arrived already today.

Greek officials said the country is now tightening its sea and land borders with Turkey, including stepping up the coast guard. The land border with Bulgaria at Evros has also opened and there 800 refugees are gathering.

Whether escaping daily bombardment in northern Syria, or the risk of deportation back from dire Turkish refugee camps – it’s hardly surprising that large numbers of people will now attempt this journey into Europe.

The Greek islands, where many of these refugees are headed, are not at breaking point – they are already broken.

Help Refugees Field Manager on Samos, Hannah Green said:

“Camps are painfully overcrowded and lack the most basic facilities. Moria camp on Lesvos has a capacity of 3,200 but holds almost 20,000 people, while the camp on Samos has a capacity of 648 yet is at almost 8,000 people. 60% of these are women and children. The situation is as heartbreaking as it was in 2015.”

Help Refugees partners are working right along the route from Syria: inside Idlib, through Turkey to the Greek islands and mainland Greece. We are in constant communication with them, watching the situation closely and trying to support as best we can.

We are the main funder and umbrella of the grassroots network that is the primary (and often only) response to support refugees in Greece and in particular in the islands, currently supporting 42,269 refugees on the islands alone. Almost 2,000 of this number are unaccompanied minors.

Help Refugees CEO Josie Naughton said:

“We will continue to support, but we are already witnessing a humanitarian disaster. Without urgent action, it will become a catastrophe. Greece cannot be left to deal with the world’s failure to protect refugees alone. European nations must step up to help.”

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We’re hiring! Apply to join Help Refugees as our new Communications Officer

Do you bring together excellent writing and visual design skills, with a flair for creating compelling social content?

Do you have a love of humanity that knows no borders?

Are you a team player with a can-do attitude?

You could be the one we’re looking for.

We are looking for a Communications Officer to join our small and collaborative team in London. Application deadline: 9am Monday 23rd March.

ABOUT HELP REFUGEES

In August 2015, a group of friends started using the hashtag #helpcalais to organise a van full of donations. Within a week, we had raised £56,000 and were soon receiving 7,000 items every day.

We are now one of the largest providers of grassroots humanitarian aid in Europe, and currently support over 120 projects across Europe, the Middle East and US-Mexico border.

Each of these projects is powered by ordinary people who are stepping up where governments are failing to provide even the most basic services. From those keeping rescue boats afloat, to the volunteers distributing tents and hot food, to the brave souls working under the desert sun to place water along the Mexican border.

We also support those working to build a brighter future – the teachers working to ensure refugee kids don’t miss out on an education, the therapists helping heal the invisible scars of war, and the lawyers working to unite families.

Our ‘Choose Love’ brand has been worn by Oprah, Julia Roberts, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and thousands more across the world. Our ‘buy nothing’ pop-up stores in London, New York and LA have raised more than four million and gained headlines in New York Times, The Guardian and CNN. Our founders have addressed audiences including Barack Obama, Sheryl Sandberg and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

ABOUT THE ROLE

 You’ll be responsible for:

Social media

  • Plan and create on-brand compelling content for facebook, Instagram, twitter on a daily basis; includes writing copy, using design tools to create visual content and editing short videos.
  • Ensure that comments and questions on Help Refugees’ social media are responded to swiftly, effectively and in organisational tone of voice.
  • Working with Help Refugees colleagues in Greece and France to source content about our work on the ground.
  • Support the Communications Manager on planning and delivery of exciting content around key moments such as the Choose Love stores and more.

Website

  • Creating compelling content for Help Refugees’ website, coordinating content from others, and creating joined-up user journeys across social and website.
  • Keeping website up to date.
  • Supporting development and delivery of Help Refugees’ new website.

Supporting fundraising

  • Support facebook birthday fundraisers
  • Support individual and community fundraisers on our website
  • Support online fundraising, including supporter emails and social media fundraising appeals.

Other responsibilities as necessary

  • Communications support to Help Refugees’ key moments such as the Choose Love stores, festivals and events.
  • Communications support to advocacy and campaigns.
  • Support on internal collating and storing photography, video and stories.
  • Support media on Help Refugees’ work and the refugee crisis.
  • Other ad hoc duties as required.

Essential requirements

  • Confident communicator with excellent writing skills
  • Excellent designer using tools such as in-design or photoshop; ability to create beautiful and impactful visual content
  •  Basic video editing skills
  • Experience of creating professional digital content to support engagement

Desirable

Ideally you will bring at least one of these to our work:

  • Lived experience of displacement or migration.
  • Experience working in the field of humanitarian aid, refugees or migration
  • A love of social media, particularly instagram.
  • Experience with mobile technology, online giving platforms and website design
  • Track record of using social media platforms to raise awareness, organise and/ or fundraise

ABOUT YOU

You choose love 

You are motivated by a love of humanity that knows no borders.

You are a doer 

You spot opportunities for impact and make things happen. You are comfortable working on scrappy passion projects and longer-term strategic campaigns. A good day is when you’ve done something to change the world.

You are a creative communicator 

You know the world is changed by stories and you want to be at the heart of telling them. You can communicate complex ideas with clarity, powerful stories with passion and understand how to move people.

You are curious 

You know good ideas can come from anywhere and are constantly looking at the world around you for inspiration.

You are a team player

You work best when part of a small, collaborative team. You are happy to muck in when needed and the words ‘not my job’ have never crossed your lips.

You are entrepreneurial

You think beyond the limits of your current role. You take risks, celebrate failure and never stop generating ideas.

THE DEAL 

The role will be managed by the Director of Communications and Campaigns.

It is based out of the Help Refugees office in Somerset House, London, and may involve some infrequent travel.

 The role will be offered as a permanent role with a six-month probation period, starting as soon as possible.

Salary will be in-line with other NGOs.

Help Refugees does not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, colour, religion, gender, age, sexuality or any other protected class. We support workplace diversity and believe it creates dynamic, relevant organisations, fostering spaces for innovation and creativity. We are working hard to increase the diversity of our team and encourage you to be a part of it.

We are committed to making our roles and culture inclusive. We can make reasonable adjustments throughout the application process and on the job. If you have particular accessibility needs, please get in touch and let us know any requirements you may have.

HOW TO APPLY 

Please apply with a cover letter (of no more than two pages) outlining your suitability for the role and a copy for your CV to jobs@helprefugees.org.

CVs without cover letters will not be considered.

Application deadline: 9am Monday 23 March.

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We’re hiring! Apply to join Help Refugees as our new Office Manager

Help Refugees Office Manager

Application deadline 9am, Monday 9th March. 

About you

You’re someone who loves multitasking and really makes things happen. You have strong IT skills and you’re a natural organiser who can build systems for managing a wide range of ongoing and ad hoc tasks. You’re comfortable adapting plans and working in a fast-paced environment where things can often change. When you’re faced with tasks and challenges you use your initiative and can-do attitude to work out the way forward, but you also know when to check in with the team.

About the role

You’ll keep both the Help Refugees office and team ship shape, helping ensure colleagues are supported and have the resources they need. You’ll also act as a friendly and effective first point-of-contact for enquiries by email, phone and social media.

Your roles and responsibilities

Day-to-day office management: 

  • Troubleshooting IT issues
  • Acting as point of contact with all office facilities – security, repairs, IT, FOH, cleaners, rubbish disposal
  • Ad Hoc expenses for the Senior management team – COO, Head of Programmes and Head of Partnerships
  • Maintaining an office operational budget to track spending and manage expenditure
  • Maintaining the office environment by ensuring stationery, tea and coffee levels are topped up and plants are watered
  • Creating and implementing office management systems and leading on keeping the office tidy 
  • Managing stock of Choose Love merchandise, collecting additional stock from storage when needed and occasionally ordering new stock 
  • Managing stock of tablets and payment devices and ensuring everything is charged
  • Managing stock of buckets, chargers and simple event signage so it’s easy to send out for events
  • Organising and overseeing couriers and shipping locally, nationally and internationally
  • Hand-delivering items to VIPs 
  • Booking meeting rooms 
  • Taking minutes for team meetings
  • Paying cash and cheques in to the bank 

Acting as a first point-of-contact for enquiries: 

  • First point of contact with the general public representing the organisation’s voice and tone on emails and messages 
  • Replying to emails sent via website, prioritising anything urgent, sharing emails with relevant team members in a timely manner as required
  • Replying to messages and comments on social media in a friendly timely manner
  • Completing a range of other ad hoc tasks, depending on the needs and priorities of the organisation

Salary: 23-26k, depending on experience. Based in the Help Refugees London office, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA. Two-year contract, full time role, with six-month probation period. Applications to be submitted by 9am, Monday 9th March. 

If you’re interested in this role, please contact jobs@helprefugees.org with your CV and cover letter. Application deadline: 9am, Monday 9th March. 


Help Refugees does not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, colour, religion, gender, age, sexuality or any other protected class. We support workplace diversity and believe it creates dynamic, relevant organisations, fostering spaces for innovation and creativity. We are working hard to increase the diversity of our team and encourage you to be a part of it.

We are committed to making our roles and culture inclusive. We can make reasonable adjustments throughout the application process and on the job. If you have particular accessibility needs, please get in touch and let us know any requirements you may have.

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Win tickets to the Love Letters Live show on Valentine’s Day!

We’re so excited to have got our hands on a pair of exclusive tickets for the sold-out Love Letters Live show on Valentine’s Day at Shoreditch Town Hall – and we’re offering them to two lucky Choose Love supporters.

Previous Letters Live events have unearthed letters sent by the likes of David Bowie, Maya Angelou and Che Guevara and placed them in the hands of such luminaries as Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Colman, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

We’re sure this event will be just as dazzling.  And we’re thrilled that this special Valentine’s Day event, themed around love letters, will support our amazing projects with refugees. That really is love in action.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply follow both Choose Love and Letters Live on Instagram and tag someone you love in the comments below this post, who you’d like to take with you to the event (make sure they can be in London on Feb 14th!). The winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday 4th February.


Competition Terms and Conditions

1. All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition, this can be done by liking and commenting on the specified Instagram post and following Choose Love (@chooselove) and Letters Live (@letterslive) on Instagram. Alternatively if the entrant is not on Instagram, we will accept entries via email. Please email contact@helprefugees.org with ‘Letters Live competition’ in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email.

2. Entries made online using methods generated by a script, macro or the use of automated devices will be void.

3. No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed or corrupted, or due to computer error in transit.

4. No responsibility can be accepted for prizes lost, delayed or corrupted in transit to the winner.

5. The competition will close at 9am Tuesday 4th February. To be eligible, entries must be received on or before the competition closing date.

6. The prizewinner will be decided by Help Refugees. The prizewinner will need to respond within one week of being contacted by email; or the prize will be forfeit and will be awarded to a different entrant selected at random.

7. The right is reserved to terminate or withdraw this contest at any time.

8. All prizes are not transferable, non-refundable, no whole/part cash alternatives.

9. The Promoter will make available the name and county of the winners to anyone who requests this information by writing an email to contact@helprefugees.org.

10. The prizes are as stated in the competition text, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.

11. Prizes are subject to availability and the prize suppliers’ terms and conditions.

12. The promoters reserve the right to amend or alter the terms of competitions and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the competition.

13. In the event of a prize being unavailable, the promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.

14. The winner(s) agree(s) to the use of their name being used online in post-winning publicity.

16. Where applicable, the decision of the judges is final based on the criteria set out in the promotion and no correspondence will be entered into over this decision.

16. Competitions may be modified or withdrawn at any time.

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We’re hiring! Apply to join Help Refugees as our new Digital Fundraising Manager

DIGITAL FUNDRAISING MANAGER

Are you an experienced digital fundraiser with a flair for communication?

Are you motivated by a love of humanity that knows no borders?

Choose Love/ Help Refugees is looking for a Digital Fundraising Manager to join our small and collaborative team in London.

You will have substantial digital fundraising or digital marketing experience and be passionate about digital innovation, as well as about the rights of those who have been forced to flee their homes.  You love creative communications, data, and raising funds to support our incredible humanitarian partners.

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of an organisation that has had digital at its heart since the beginning. Started as little more than a hashtag to organise donations in response to the refugee crisis in 2015, in less than five years we have grown to be a movement that has worked with over 35,000 volunteers and provided aid to over a million people.

An incredible number of people have become part of the Help Refugees movement, but the scale of the refugee crisis is even bigger. The Digital Fundraising Manager will play a key role in taking our response to the next level, recruiting new online supporters and deepening the engagement of existing ones.

You will work with the Director of Communications and Campaigns and others across the organisation to help develop and deliver our digital fundraising strategy, rolling it out across social, our websites, email and marrying up with offline events too.

ABOUT HELP REFUGEES

In August 2015, a group of friends started using the hashtag #helpcalais to organise a van full of donations. Within a week, we had raised £56,000 and were soon receiving 7,000 items every day.

We are now one of the largest providers of grassroots humanitarian aid in Europe, and currently support over 120 projects across Europe, the Middle East and US-Mexican border.

Each of these projects is powered by ordinary people who are stepping up where governments are failing to provide even the most basic services. From those keeping rescue boats afloat, to the volunteers distributing tents and hot food, to the brave souls working under the desert sun to place water along the Mexican border.

We also support those working to build a brighter future — the teachers working with students to build prosthetic limbs, the therapists helping heal the invisible scars of war and the lawyers working to unite families.

Our ‘Choose Love’ brand has been worn by Oprah, Julia Roberts, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and thousands more across the world. Our ‘buy nothing’ pop-up stores in London, New York and LA have raised more than four million and gained headlines in New York Times, The Guardian and CNN. Our founders have addressed audiences including Barack Obama, Sheryl Sandberg and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

ABOUT YOU

You choose love 

You are motivated by a love of humanity that knows no borders.

You are a doer 

You spot opportunities for impact and make things happen. You are comfortable working on scrappy passion projects and longer-term strategic campaigns. A good day is when you’ve done something to change the world.

You are a creative communicator 

You know the world is changed by stories and you want to be at the heart of telling them. You can communicate complex ideas with clarity, powerful stories with passion and understand how to move people.

You are curious 

You know good ideas can come from anywhere and are constantly looking at the world around you for inspiration.

You are a team player

You work best when part of a small, collaborative team. You are happy to muck in when needed and the words ‘not my job’ have never crossed your lips.

You are entrepreneurial

You think beyond the limits of your current role. You take risks, celebrate failure and never stop generating ideas.

ABOUT THE ROLE

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Helping develop and deliver Help Refugees’ digital fundraising strategy.

  • Inspiring Help Refugees’ growing community of supporters by creating compelling fundraising campaigns and delivering them across email, social media, website, and marrying up with offline.

  • Tracking and analysing donor data and digital analytics to inform your work and the efforts of the organisation.

  • Overseeing social media advertising. We’re lucky enough to get pro bono support from Google and facebook. We want you to use it most effectively to enable people to connect with us, grow the movement, and increase donations.

  • Keeping up-to-date with the latest digital fundraising and marketing trends, techniques and technology.

  • Supporting the leadership team on fundraising from high-level individual givers and foundations.

  • Occasional management of contractors and project teams.

  • Working with communications and campaigns colleagues to integrate digital fundraising and advocacy/ campaigning.

Essential Requirements 

  • Track record of success in digital fundraising or marketing with at least three years’ experience

  • Demonstrable experience of understanding donor behaviour and inspiring people to give

  • Confident and sophisticated communicator with strong writing skills

  • Experience managing or working with a medium to large community of online givers (+50,000)

  • Demonstrable experience in using data and analytics to segment audiences and target content that has resulted in more support

The Big Pluses 

Ideally you will bring at least one of these to our work:

  • Experience with online fundraising in the model of new movement organisations (Avaaz, Sum of Us, 38 Degrees)

  • Experience using ActionKit or a similar platform

  • Experience working in the field of humanitarian aid, refugees or migration

  • Experience with mobile technology, online giving platforms and website design

  • Track record of using social media platforms to fundraise

THE DEAL 

The role will be managed by the Director of Communications and Campaigns.

The role is based out of the Help Refugees office in Somerset House, London. Part-time and/or remote working will be considered if you can be in London weekly.

The role may involve some infrequent travel.

The role will be offered as a permanent role with a six-month probation period, starting as soon as possible.

Salary is in line with other non-governmental organisations.

HOW TO APPLY 

Please apply with a cover letter (of no more than two pages) outlining your suitability for the role and a copy for your CV to jobs@helprefugees.org.

We will be reviewing and interviewing before the closing date.

Application deadline: 9am, Wednesday 26 February.

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CHOOSE LOVE POP-UP SHOPS ARE BACK FOR 2019!

Please note: our pop-up shops in London, New York and LA are now closed. But you can still buy real products for refugees online at www.choose.love!

The ‘Choose Love’ stores are back with more love, fun and surprises than ever before! 

Come and visit the world’s first shop where you can buy buy real gifts for refugees. The shop is packed with much needed items like kid’s coats, winter boots, tents and sleeping bags. Buy what you want, but leave with nothing as each purchase you make is sent to someone who truly needs it. 

Whether you’re shopping for your Secret Santa, best friend or in-laws, give a gift that really matters. With every purchase you’ll get a beautiful gift card to go under the tree and the items you buy will be supplied to refugees around the world.And if that wasn’t enough… the store will be busy with performances, DJs, talks and some extra-special guests. 

Since first opening their doors in 2017 the Choose Love shops have distributed more than 1.6 million items! With so many people in camps and shelters across Europe, the Middle East and America/Mexico border in desperate need we want this year store’s to be bigger and better than ever. 

So come down, shop your heart out, buy everything, leave with nothing and feel the love.

If you can’t make it in person, please check out our online store at www.choose.love


Choose Love London

Choose Love New York

Choose Love LA

  • 611 N. La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
  • 29/11/2019 – 24/12/2019
  • Mon-Sat: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Sun: 11:00 – 18:00
  • Choose Love LA Facebook event
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