Welcome Churches’ vision is for every refugee to be welcomed by the local church. We do this by equipping and resourcing churches to welcome refugees and asylum seekers to their local community and by profiling them on our national Welcome Network. In 2021 so far our Welcome Network of refugee-welcoming churches has grown to over 600 churches across the UK and this number is increasing every month. Most recently we have been responding to the urgent need to help welcome newly-arrived Afghans to the UK, since the collapse of the Afghan government in August. At the end of September we had connected around 2500 Afghans with their local church and provided training to over 400 individuals from local churches to be ready to welcome them.
In addition to responding to urgent needs, we have a number of projects which churches can run. We provide a variety of training and resources to churches to support, disciple and include refugees in all aspects of church life. Our Welcome Boxes project provides a way for churches to proactively welcome newly-arrived refugees and asylum seekers in their location. We train Coordinators and volunteer Welcomers from the church to visit those newly arriving, welcome them with a Welcome Box and continue to welcome the family or individual over a period of 3 months, introducing them to others in the church community and wider community. Another of our newer projects, Welcome Holidays, provides an opportunity for refugees to enjoy a short break somewhere new in the UK, hosted by a church who generously provides hospitality and some planned days of holiday.
We are at a pivotal moment as a charity as demand for our work is growing exponentially. We are seeking to provide consistent and high quality support to churches in our Welcome Network, focusing initially on churches in areas with high numbers of asylum seekers and refugees. This role will ensure that the rest of the Welcome Churches team is equipped with the tools they need to ensure that we continue to support and equip churches, delivering Welcome Churches training to churches and engaging with churches not yet in our Welcome Network.
The Operations Manager will be based in Derby. This role is a full time role of 37.5 hours a week with a starting salary of £27,000. They will join the Senior Management Team and will be directly accountable to one of our Joint CEOs through regular supervisions. This ensures accountability in the role and identifies any training and support needs they may have. The Operations Manager will also be responsible for line managing the Finance Officer.
Applicants are required to have an active Christian faith and be passionate about the UK Church welcoming refugees into the church community. Applicants from a refugee background are strongly encouraged to apply.
In order to apply for this position, please submit a 2-page cover letter and CV by 9am on Monday 25th October. Interviews will be conducted face to face in Derby in the week commencing 8th November.