Making a difference: volunteering opportunities for CAs

Volunteering Opportunities for CAs

Volunteering opportunities for CAs

ICAS fully supports members taking on voluntary roles, and if you are interested in using your skills and expertise to make a difference we have a range of volunteering opportunities for you to support. 

Accountants can play a key role in making sure groups are able to raise funds, plan business strategy, and can work with bodies to ensure the smooth running of not-for-profit organisations.

Taking on a voluntary role can be a great opportunity for CAs to use their experience and skills to make a positive difference, and many finance professionals who volunteer  claim giving back is one of the main perks of the role. 

A list of non-profit organisations currently accepting vacancies are listed below - we hope you feel inspired to volunteer.

We also encourage non-members from the accounting and finance community to take up these opportunities.

Guidance and CPD

Members who are looking to get involved in volunteering for a charity should ensure that they keep up-to-date with charity sector developments relevant to their role, which will comply with ICAS CPD requirements. For members acting as volunteer independent examiners, ICAS has issued additional CA Scottish charity Guidance for you. 

Advertise a voluntary position with us

If you're a charity or a voluntary organisation looking for a CA, and would like to place a vacancy advertisement on our website, please complete our submissions form.

Available volunteering opportunities:

Treasurer/Financial Trustee, PF Counselling Service

About the employer

The PF Counselling Service is a voluntary counselling agency which offers both short and long term therapy to adults regardless of their ability to pay. Based in South Edinburgh, it is a registered charity and was established in 1986.

About the vacancy

Due to the impending retirement of the current Board Treasurer, a new Trustee is sought to take on this role. Working with the Director, the Treasurer has specific responsibilities for overseeing the financial management of the charity, including setting the budget, monitoring monthly performance against this and interpreting the accounts for the rest of the Board, as well as contributing to the full range of Board activities such as good governance, HR and strategy development. 

The position is unpaid. All the Trustees (apart from the Director), all the Counsellors and the Receptionists are volunteers, which makes for a very friendly and supportive working environment.

Time Commitment

The basic time commitment is six bimonthly Board meetings of two hours duration, plus checking the monthly financial results and additional time for preparation of the budget and liaising with the charity’s Accountants to prepare the annual accounts. Special projects may require further involvement.

How to apply

For an informal chat about the role, please contact the current Treasurer, Allan Sturrock on 07711 809063.

For further information about the PF please see our website or contact Matthew Haggis on 07967 011029.

Interested in the role?

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Board Member (Audit), ELCAP

  • Employer: ELCAP
  • ContactDanny Harvie, 01875814114
  • Location: Edinburgh (East Lothian)
  • Closing date for applications: 31 May 2017

About the employer

ELCAP is committed to promoting the rights of people with disabilities and is the preferred provider of social care to vulnerable people in East Lothian. We have almost 30 years' experience of supporting people to live the lives they want to live in their own communities. We are a market leading employer and we are Recognised for Excellence by the European Foundation for Quality Management and the Care Inspectorate.

About the vacancy

We value the scrutiny and effective governance of our Board and we wish to continue to improve our governance. We seek a specialist in finance who also shares our commitment to human rights and who can support the work of our audit committee to ensure that we are using the majority of our resources effectively to provide excellent support.

Time Commitment

Our existing members of the Audit Committee meets three times each year. This would be the minimum commitment. In addition, our Board meets quarterly, our AGM happens in October/ November and we have two strategic meetings. We would be happy to support a flexible commitment to these meetings.


Please contact our Chief Executive, Danny Harvie - he will be happy to explain membership of ELCAP, membership of our Board and he can signpost other contacts in ELCAP to explain our work. We'd love to talk to you and to share our excitement about ELCAP's work.

Trustee, Life Changes Trust

About the employer

The Trust The Life Changes Trust is an independent Scottish charity, established in 2013 with a £50 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund. 

The Trust’s aim is to drive transformational and sustainable improvements in the quality of life and well-being of two key groups in Scotland: 

* People living with dementia and their carers * Care experienced young people Everything we do at the Life Changes Trust is underpinned by our commitment to improving the lives of our beneficiaries. Their needs, views and priorities are at the heart of our work. 

The Trust works closely with our beneficiaries as well as others, including service providers, policy makers and researchers to make sure that our funding and influencing activities are targeted in ways that will bring the greatest benefit to our beneficiaries.

About the vacancy

The Trust currently has 11 committed and active Trustees who bring a wide range of skills to the organisation with diverse experience in the third, public and private sectors. We now wish to recruit up to two more Trustees who bring:

  • A commitment to the vision, mission and values of the Trust
  • Appropriate generic skills as set out in our trustee job description, including understanding of charity governance or a willingness to learn and one of the following specialist skills 
  • Senior financial experience or 
  • Significant knowledge and experience of communications, influencing and PR or 
  • In depth understanding and experience of social policy and practice in Scotland. 

This is an exceptional opportunity to join a visionary charity which is committed to investing in real and sustainable improvements in the quality of life and wellbeing of people affected by dementia and care experienced young people. 

This is a voluntary role (although expenses are paid) which requires someone with the time and ability to participate effectively in both our Board and at least one of our committees (which meet quarterly in Glasgow).

Trustees are collectively responsible for the performance of the Trust overall. If you would like to discuss the role informally, please contact the Trust’s Chief Executive Maddy Halliday.

Time Commitment

Minimum of 10 days a year to attend Board and Committee meetings.


For more information on the roles of our Trustees and information on how to apply, go to our website:

Trustee, Pregnancy & Parents Centre

About the employer

We are a not for profit charity working with women and their families during pregnancy and parenthood. 

Our main aim is to promote the emotional and physical health of pregnant women, their partners, new parents and their young children. Our trustees are a group of volunteers who uphold the charity's running and development.

About the vacancy

We are keen to bring on board a trustee who has finance, marketing and fundraising skills (with emphasis on finance). The main role will be bringing financial expertise to the board and providing guidance and support to paid staff for funding and finance although all trustees are encouraged to take part in projects of interest and attend monthly board meeting and an annual AGM.

Time Commitment

Monthly Board Meetings (babes in arms welcome), with additional time given to supporting staff & Trustees usually via email or telephone and occasional meetings. We understand flexibility is needed around other commitments.


For more information, please email: 

Thereafter submission of covering letter and CV to Board at: or via mail to: Coordinator, Pregnancy and Parents Centre, 10 Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh EH3 9NY

Treasurer, Youth Scotland

About the employer

Youth Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for the support and delivery of community based youth work. Our vision is to have in Scotland young people who are confident, resilient, aspirational and ready to reach their potential. 

Through our network of over 1,000 youth groups and projects, we deliver services which help over 64,000 young people to learn, succeed and make positive contributions to their communities. 

We are passionate about young people and believe that youth work changes lives. With over 80 years of experience, we are innovative and are ambitious for the young people we support. 

We champion all those who support young people particularly the role of volunteers in youth work.

About the vacancy

Our current Treasurer, and Chair of the Finance & Resource Group, Jan Roxburgh, is stepping down after four years on the Board of Trustees of Youth Scotland. 

She is leaving behind a financially strong and resilient organisation which is highly respected and recognised for the difference it makes in young people’s lives.

The essential role of Treasurer is to bring financial experience to the Board of Trustees. Any experience of the youth work or third sector, while desirable, is not essential. 

The remit of the Treasurer is to: Chair the Finance and Resource Group Meet with the Chief Executive on a regular basis (planning and reporting); Carry out finance functions as required; Ensure compliance with the Auditors; and oversee the Investments and Risk Management Policies.

Time Commitment

Average four to five hours per month.


For an informal discussion with our Chair, Dona Milne, or with our Chief Executive, please initially contact our Chief Executive, Ian McLaughlan at or on 0131 554 2561. Alternatively apply below using our application form.

Finance Director/Trustee, Huntly and District Development Trust

About the employer

Huntly and District Development Trust (HDDT) works with others to make Huntly and District a better place to live, work and visit. For us, Huntly and District is defined by the AB54 postcode area but Directors can come from outwith this community of benefit. 

We are a member-owned company limited by guarantee (SC358964) and a registered charity (SC043353), steered by a Board of eight volunteer Directors and employing four members of staff (2.75 FTE). 

We are ambitious, asset-focussed and in it for the long-term benefit of our local community. We own a 63 acre farm on which we have erected a wind turbine to generate both green energy and a significant fund for investment in our community over the next 20 years and beyond. We also own a share of the profits from 2 other small wind farms in the area. 

We run a community car club, rent out electric bikes and promote green and active travel in general. We have plans to develop a purpose-built sports hub for the area and are involved in work to start regenerating Huntly town centre. We have been recognised at national level for our work and are keen to develop further.

About the vacancy

As our project portfolio grows and diversifies we are seeking a volunteer Finance Director (FD) to help us manage our increasingly complex financial picture. 

As a charity many of HDDT's projects involve restricted funds, despite our best - and increasingly successful - intentions to generate a larger stream of unrestricted income. Our renewable energy projects are about to start producing significant income streams so we need to be sure we are managing that revenue, and other funds, properly in terms of governance and shrewdly in terms of making best use of their potential. 

As FD, you would be responsible for reporting monthly to the other Directors/Trustees on the financial health of the organisation, based on information provided by and discussed with the HDDT Development Manager (and at times the Chair). When you joined us you would also be asked to review our financial processes and reporting systems.

We are aware these need to change as our organisation grows. Your role would be strategic, supervisory and advisory, rather than bookkeeping and data entry. 

The role offers both a satisfying voluntary experience in itself as well as substantial scope for continuing professional development in the expanding Third Sector as e.g the Community Empowerment Act comes into force. We can promise you a challenging and rewarding time - and fun in a welcoming organisational setting!

Time Commitment

Two hours a month to attend Board meeting and one to two hours per month to prepare. Initially more time (hard to define) to identify what we need to do to make our existing financial systems fit for purpose. 

Looking ahead there is a way out! Directors serve a max five year term before they must step down for at least a year.


Please either send an e-mail to the HDDT Development Manager, Donald Boyd, or give him a call on 07788 438585. Informal, non-committal enquiries welcome.


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