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:

Board member, Sussex Oakleaf

  • Employer: Sussex Oakleaf
  • Contact: Claire Knight, 0144 445 9517
  • Location: West Sussex
  • Closing date for applications: 21 June 2018
  • Apply now

About the employer

Sussex Oakleaf is a leading not-for-profit organisation working to extend mental, physical and social wellbeing, through recovery-based support in housing and specialist support services. We are client focused and work in partnership with people to design and deliver personalised support, independent living, access to volunteering, employment and education.

About the vacancy

We’re on a mission to provide more mental health support to more people in Sussex – can you help to lead our development as a Board member?

It’s a great time to join our Board, as we embark on ambitious plans to grow and extend our services and reach into communities. We are keen to recruit to enhance the skills and capabilities of our highly committed Board. If you’re passionate about improving mental health, can bring a strategic focus, business skills and social empowerment to the table, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

We especially keen to meet people who have skills and experience in:

  • Clinical health and social care
  • Social Enterprise or start-ups
  • Finance and accountancy
  • Communications and marketing

This is a voluntary role, with reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. Our meetings take place mainly in Mid Sussex but with occasional travel to other locations in the county. Closing time/date: 12 pm on 21st June 2018; Interview date: 20th July 2018.

Time commitment

You will ideally be able to commit to six Board meetings per year, working groups and be able to support the Executive team in advisory capacity.

Apply

If this opportunity interests you, please send details of your relevant experience and a personal profile by clicking on apply now above or contact the employer for more details.

Board member/Trustee, Clean Break

  • Employer: Clean Break
  • Contact: Lauren Mooney, 020 748 28600
  • Location: London
  • Closing date for applications: 25 June 2018
  • Apply now

About the employer

This is an exciting time for Clean Break, which began in 1979 as a small touring theatre company, set up by two women leaving prison who wanted to share the hidden stories of the challenges women face in prison and in the community. We now have a million-pound turnover and work with women theatre artists and women with experience of the criminal justice system in our studios in Kentish Town, in the community, in prison and in theatres. In 2019, we will be celebrating our 40th birthday and we have just announced a new three-women leadership team. Our recent Tonic Theatre Award recognised our dedication to changing women’s lives through theatre and our commitment to new writing.

About the vacancy

Clean Break theatre company is looking for a trustee with senior professional financial experience to chair its Finance Committee and to work in partnership with the Chair and Leadership team. We are also looking for a theatre practitioner with experience as a writer, director or actor to join its Board of Trustees. If you share our interest in and commitment to social justice, women’s voices being heard, and theatre we’d be delighted to hear from you. In line with our policy and practice, the positions are open to women only (exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1), and subject to an enhanced DBS check. Applications are actively encouraged from black and minority ethnic women. Applicants who state they have personal experience of the criminal justice system or are disabled, who meet the essential person specification, will be guaranteed an interview.

Time commitment

The Board meets six times annually including the AGM (in July) and a full away day meeting, usually in September. Most meetings are held at Clean Break. In addition: The Finance Committee meets four times annually.

Apply

For more information and the application pack visit our website. Please send us your CV and a covering of letter (no more than two sides of A4) telling us why you would be a good fit for Clean Break. Your application needs to reach us no later than 5pm on Monday 25 June 2018.

Treasurer/Board member, Epilepsy Connections


About the employer

Epilepsy Connections is a small charity supporting people with epilepsy and their families and carers in the Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Forth Valley and Ayrshire & Arran areas.

About the vacancy

Our Treasurer is due to retire and we’re seeking a replacement. In addition to fulfilling the usual duties and responsibilities of a Director of Epilepsy Connections, the Treasurer will monitor the financial matters of the charity and report on its financial health to quarterly Board meetings. The ideal candidate will have experience of financial management at a senior level. Experience of the charitable sector is desirable. Please find a more detailed role description on our website.

Time commitment

2-4 hours per month.

Apply

If this opportunity interests you, please click the 'apply now' button above to be taken to our website where an application package is available for download.

Treasurer/Board Member, Screen Education Edinburgh


About the employer

Screen Education Edinburgh is a charity dedicated to transforming lives through the medium of film, developing young people, new talent and independent filmmakers. Our programmes operate across Edinburgh and Scotland, with a special focus on the most disadvantaged communities, teaching filmmaking and digital media skills and fostering confidence, self-esteem and a strong team ethic. In an average year, our programmes engage with 600 participants across Scotland and at our base in North Edinburgh. Accredited learning is available through Arts Award, the NCFE BFI/ Skillset ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’ qualification and Moving Image Arts GCSE & A Level, with 130 qualifications being awarded on an annual basis.

About the vacancy

We are seeking someone to become involved as Treasurer of Screen Education Edinburgh SCIO. We are looking for the Treasurer to advise the board on the strategic management of the charity’s finances, and to ensure that the Board meets its financial responsibilities as a charity. Specifically, the Treasurer will work with the SEE Bookkeeper and SEE team ensure a set of management accounts is presented at the quarterly Board meetings, that an auditor is appointed, and that a set of accounts are presented in an annual report to OSCR. We are looking for an individual with an appropriate professional background to become Treasurer and member of the Board.

Time commitment

We currently meet monthly for a 2-hour meeting. Our intention is to move to quarterly meetings. Outside of these meetings, I would estimate the time commitment is an hour each month.

Apply

If this opportunity interests you, please send details of your relevant experience and a personal profile by clicking on apply now above or contact the employer for more details.

Treasurer/Trustee, Concrete Garden

  • .Employer: Concrete Garden
  • Contact: Moira Ann McCaig, 0144 237 9144
  • Location: Scotland
  • Closing date for applications: 29 July 2018
  • Apply now

About the employer

Concrete Garden is an award-winning charity based in Possilpark North Glasgow, We believe that when communities grow gardens, gardens grow communities and that people live happier, healthier lives when they play, learn and grow together. We work tirelessly to provide safe spaces and engaging activities that allow people to connect with nature and each other.

We use social and therapeutic horticulture and natural outdoor play as tools to improve health and well-being in our community. Our wider project work supports volunteering and civic responsibility, regeneration of derelict land and employment opportunities for our community. Our Treasurer has recently taken a much-needed step back from Charity Finance after 20 years voluntary service in the sector. Finding a replacement has proven difficult as the accountancy skills he possessed are not readily available in our community.

About the vacancy

Your Career is what you're paid for, your calling is what you're made for. Could this opportunity be your calling? We have a number of challenging but massively rewarding opportunities for new members to join our Volunteer Board of Trustees. Check out what our trustee Anna has to say about how rewarding this can be.

At Concrete Garden we really need people who can help us collectively achieve the aims and ambitions of our community.

Very specifically, we urgently need a Treasurer to guide strategic, financial and budget management for our Charity. More generally, we are looking for real, down to earth people with a desire to do something that means something. And it would be a bonus (but not essential) to have skills and experience in Charity fundraising, Marketing/communications techniques, Social Policy, Legal/law, Human Resources, Education, Business Development.

Treasurer specific skills:

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
  • Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.
  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.

Time commitment

2-4 hours per month.

Apply

If this opportunity interests you, please send details of your relevant experience and a personal profile by clicking on apply now above or contact the employer for more details.

Treasurer, Environmental Protection Scotland


About the employer

Environmental Protection Scotland (EPS) has roots stretching back to the 19th Century. We bring together individuals and organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors to discuss and promote ideas, knowledge and solutions to achieve our aim of a cleaner, quieter, healthier and sustainable Scotland. EPS is active and influential in the fields of air quality, land quality, noise and are at the fore of emerging environmental issues, including working towards sustainable development for a resilient Scotland. We will work to deliver those topics as a means to protect and improve public health, tackle climate change and address sustainable development.

About the vacancy

As the Treasurer you will be collectively responsible, as a member of the Board, under the governing document of Environmental Protection Scotland (EPS) for overseeing the governance and strategic (EPS). As a Trustee, you are required to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to the charity and must always bear the interests of EPS. The Treasurer will also ensure that EPS remains financially viable, operates proper accounting and reporting procedures.

Time commitment

Variable (Maximum 3 hours per month)

Apply

If this opportunity interests you, please send details of your relevant experience and a personal profile by clicking on apply now above.

Treasurer Management Board, Edinburgh Carers Council


About the employer

Edinburgh Carers Council has been providing support and advocacy to carers for twenty years. It has a focus on mental health but also works with carers of people with dementia, learning difficulties and some physical conditions. It is seeking a Treasurer to assist the Management Committee and welcomes applications from those with lived experience as a family carer or those with an interest in carer and mental health issues.

About the vacancy

In close working with Coordinator;

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
  • Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.
  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.
  • Specifically, liaise with relevant staff and committee members to ensure the financial viability of the organisation.
  • Make fellow committee members aware of their financial obligations and take a lead in interpreting financial data to them.
  • Regularly report the financial position at committee meetings (balance sheet, cash flow, fundraising performance etc).
  • Oversee the production of annual accounts and Trustee reports for presentation at the AGM.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures and controls are in place, i.e Cheque signatories, petty cash records
  • Appraising the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies.
  • Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors. Qualities
  • Knowledge and experience of current finance practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations.
  • Knowledge Receipts and Payments and balance sheets
  • Good financial analysis skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly.
  • An interest in or experience of carers and/or mental health

Time commitment

Monthly 90 minute Board Meeting on the last Monday of the month. 2-3 hours a month to liaise with staff and check budget/accounts.

Apply

If this opportunity interests you, please send details of your relevant experience and a personal profile by clicking on apply now above or contact the employer for more details.

Treasurer/Board member, Rothesay Pavilion

  • Employer: Rothesay Pavilion
  • Contact: Nick Merriman, 0775 924 3819
  • Location: Rothesay, Isle of Bute
  • Closing date for applications: 28 September 2018
  • Apply now

About the employer

Rothesay Pavilion is an iconic Grade A building in the international modernist style, in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. It was opened in July 1938, and managed by the local authority. It has been a central focus for the island community, providing a broad spectrum of activities including dances, concerts, sports, exhibitions, weddings, parties, pantomimes and much more. In 2010, after a steady deterioration of the interior and exterior structure, the Pavilion was placed on the ‘buildings at risk’ register.

A project was then initiated by Argyll and Bute Council to rescue and fully restore the Pavilion, and re-open it as an actively programmed centre for arts and community which will make a real difference to the economy and quality of life of the island. In 2014 a new charity was formed to manage the re-opened building. The Board consists of a strong group of individuals, who bring a very broad range of experience and expertise to the charity. We currently employ 3 staff, with the aim of expanding to over 30 by reopening. The building closed in September 2015 for a £14 million refurbishment, with all of the funds raised. It is due to reopen to the public in autumn 2019.

About the vacancy

We are seeking someone to become involved as Treasurer of the Rothesay Pavilion SCIO and play a key role in the development of this young and dynamic organisation in the run-up to the reopening of the Pavilion in autumn 2019. Day to day financial management of the organisation rests with the CEO, helped by a financial assistant.

The main responsibility of Treasurer is therefore to advise the board on the strategic management of the charity’s finances, and to ensure that the Board meets its financial responsibilities as a charity. Specifically, the Treasurer will work with the CEO to ensure a set of management accounts is presented at the quarterly Board meetings, that an auditor is appointed, and that a set of accounts are presented in an annual report to OSCR. We are looking for an individual with an appropriate professional background to become Treasurer and major member of the Board.

We hope to appoint someone who will make a significant contribution, not only to the Pavilion project, but through its development, the future social and economic development of the Isle of Bute.

Time commitment

Six Board meetings per year plus additional preparation time on management accounts and budget setting with CEO.

Apply

Please send a cover letter detailing your interest in the role and relevant experience and qualifications, along with your CV and two reference contacts to: Dr Nick Merriman, Chairman, Rothesay Pavilion SCIO at chair@rothesaypavilion.co.uk.

Board member/Treasurer, The Unicorn Preservation Society


About the employer

The Society is charged with the conservation of HMS Unicorn, a unique 200-year old historically important vessel. It is the most complete wooden-hulled warship in the UK and one of the top 6 in the world. The UPS is entering one of the most exciting phases in the history of the ship as we embark on a new phase of the conservation journey of this floating museum and educational resource; an integral part of exciting new Dundee waterfront development.

About the vacancy

  • As treasurer, the individual will also be a charity trustee; the individual will:
  • take the lead on financial matters relating to the Society at a strategic level;
  • oversee the relationships with the outsourced accountant and assurance provider;
  • oversee the preparation of investment plans for the delivery of a new heritage centre

This is a unique opportunity to play a role in the conservation of one of the UK's maritime heritage assets, its conservation and integration into a new heritage centre.

Time commitment

Up to 8 hours per month. This includes 8 board meetings a year, meetings with the outsource accountants and/or independent examiner/auditor.

Apply

If this opportunity interests you, please send details of your relevant experience and a personal profile by clicking on apply now above for more details.

Topics

  • Career development
  • Career mentoring
  • Not for profit
  • CA life
  • Volunteering

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