Social media volunteers needed!

8 July 2015

We are looking for several volunteers who can help us

  • make sure our Twitter account is always active
  • publish regularly small pieces of detention-related news that we can share with others
  • collate immigration detention related news
  • attend detention-related events and file reports about such events

We are also going to start our #unlocked tour 2015, starting from September – and we need enthusiastic and committed volunteers who will make it into a success. You can find more about last year’s #unlocked at

You need to have;

  • Solid experience of working or volunteering in a NGO or in a team
  • General understanding of immigration detention in the UK (you don’t need to be an expert!)
  • Experience of Internet-based research to find information
  • Solid experience of using Twitter
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate clearly in English
  • Ability to work on your own initiative and complete tasks on time
  • Access to a computer and Internet connection
  • Any design / art / creative skills are a big plus – let us know what skills you have.

The Detention Forum currently has one part-time freelance worker who works one to two days a week and four part-time volunteers. They all work from home and communicate each other via Skype and emails. You can see why you need to be a self-starter and reliable if you want to join our team!

Due to our limited resources (and time), the only tools of communication we have with the outside world are emails, our website and Twitter – so for us, social media work is very important.

We would like the volunteers to be available at least one day a week (which can be split into two half days) for at least four months. Those who want to be part of #unlocked need to be available for five months, until the end of December.

If you are interested, please send the following to by 24th July 2015.

  • your CV
  • a covering letter addressing the above points
  • details of your Twitter account
  • a short written piece, up to 300 words, on immigration detention (you can write about any topic and theme relating to immigration detention)

We will contact those who are shortlisted.

We have to admit everyone here at the Detention Forum works very hard – it is a lot of work.  However, you will get to learn more about immigration detention and you also have a chance to learn how groups like the Detention Forum, its members and other groups around the UK are trying to challenge, reduce and end immigration detention.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Detention Forum team