HomeNews › Bringing first-hand experience of detention and migration to our Board of Trustees

Bringing first-hand experience of detention and migration to our Board of Trustees

Bringing first-hand experience of detention and migration to our Board of Trustees

4th February 2019

We’ve realised that our Board of Trustees doesn’t reflect the diversity of the people we support. We need to do better than this.

Everything we do is underpinned by our code of ethics, and working closely with people who have first-hand experience of detention or migration is close to our hearts. It’s core to what we do as a charity: in our music sessions we run lots of consultations with people in detention, and now it’s time to extend this practice to our Board of Trustees too.

How you can help us

If you have first-hand experience of detention or migration, and you’d like an opportunity to help shape our work, we’d love you to consider joining our Board of Trustees.

Your contributions to the Board will help people in detention to cope with it, and people in the wider community to understand it.

We’re not worried about whether you’ve been on a Board before, or have ‘professional’ experience. As long as you’re happy to get stuck in to the inner-workings of our charity, we’d love you to get in touch.

We can offer all sorts of support too — for example, we might pair you with a mentor who’s already on our Board. We’ll do our best to make sure that our Board papers and meetings are as accessible to you as possible, and we’ll also cover your travel and expenses.

A little about us

Music In Detention takes music-making into immigration detention centres and then takes detainees’ creative work out again, to groups living difficult lives in communities near the centres and to the public in general. We use shared experiences of music and the arts to build supportive relationships between detainees and other communities.

Our Board are dedicated and brilliant, but right now they only reflect a certain set of experiences. Once we change that, we’ll be able to do an even better job of supporting, involving, and communicating with those in immigration detention.

If you are interested in learning more, we’d love you to get in touch with John Speyer, our Director, for an informal conversation. Please email John at john@musicindetention.org.uk with a little information about why you are interested, and what you feel you would bring to the role.