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?

Apply now

Treasurer/trustee, Alliance for Water Stewardship

About the employer

The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is a global membership-based collaboration that connects organizations dedicated to promoting responsible use of freshwater. Central to AWS’s work is the International Water Stewardship Standard (the AWS Standard) which provides a globally applicable framework for major water users to understand their water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently for sustainable water management within a catchment context. 

A network of accredited professional service providers enables support and independent third party assessment for sites implementing the AWS Standard. AWS certification represents global best practice in collaborative and sustainable water use. The AWS system is overseen by a multi-stakeholder and member based governance system. 

AWS regional partners establish local networks and build the capacity needed to enable water stewardship to have maximum impact in specific contexts.

About the vacancy

To support our planned growth and requirement for sound financial management, our Trustees, who are based in Scotland, UK and internationally, are now seeking to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced Trustee to join the board as Treasurer. 

This position is voluntary and will require a commitment of around four hours per month, including participation in monthly Board teleconferences (evenings UK time). In addition to a commitment to our sustainability goals, applicants should have a professional background or advanced competency in accountancy and finance. 

Previous board experience is highly desirable, as is senior level experience in the non-profit/charity sector, grant accounting and multi-stakeholder governance.

Time Commitment

Monthly board calls (evenings) plus ongoing support for CEO in financial management (approx. four hours per month)


Expressions of interest and requests for additional details should be sent to AWS Chief Executive Adrian Sym at

Trustee, Home-Start Glasgow North

About the employer

We are a voluntary organisation set up to increase the confidence and independence of families with at least one child under five years old who are experiencing difficulties. We provide support for families across the whole of North Glasgow and, from May 2017, we have expanded our service into North Lanarkshire. Our main office is based in Maryhill adjacent to the Maryhill Community Centre in Avenuepark Street.

About the vacancy

We are looking to bring on board a trustee who has finance and fundraising skills. The main role will be to manage the finances of the organisation, supporting the current treasurer with a view to taking over the role within 6 months. The role requires supporting the paid staff team with funding applications, reviewing the financial position of the organisation including cashflows, and the preparation of the annual accounts. All trustees are encouraged to take part in other projects within the organisation.

Time Commitment

Board meetings are held every six weeks, with adhoc support required in between these times, and a larger commitment required for annual accounts preparation. We are a flexible board and always work around other commitments.


For more information please contact Matthew Trotter (current treasurer) by email: 

After which a CV and application form can be submitted, if interested in the vacancy.

CEO, RAMH recovery across mental health

  • Employer: RAMH recovery across mental health
  • Contact: Stephen McLellan (T: 0141 847 8900)
  • Location: Paisley
  • Closing date for applications: Open

About the employer

We provide support to people who experience mental ill health. We are a recognised Charity in Scotland (SC010430) and a Company Limited by Guarantee SC141458. Our turnover for 2016/17 was £3.8m. We DO NOT have a pension liability. Our reserves are approx. £666,000. Based in Paisley, we support around 4,000 individuals each year. We have attained Investors in People 'Gold Standard' and are recognised as one of Scotland's most prominent 3rd sector mental health organisations.

About the vacancy

We would like to attract a forward thinking individual with experience of Finance / Accountancy onto our Board of Trustees, to advise on good practice and governance in relation to Financial management. This is a voluntary role and you will join a group of around 6 other Trustees. There are 5-6 Board meetings a year, but we would hope for the successful applicant to support the facilitation of a 'Finance Committee' in the interim: again around 5-6 times a year. 2018 represents the 40th anniversary of RAMH and we look to build on the strength of the organisation and the growing awareness of the importance of positive mental health for the future.

Time Commitment

Each meeting is for up to 2 hours. The time commitment is around 20 hours a year.


Please contact Stephen McLellan, CEO in the first instance via email provided, or call on number provided.

Interim Finance Director, MicroLoan Foundation

About the employer

MicroLoan Foundation (MLF) is an international charity that aims to reduce poverty and inequality in Africa. The organisation provides specialised microfinance services and training programmes to poor women in Malawi, Zambia and recently opened a branch in Zimbabwe and has ambition to expand. MLF is a charitable group consisting of the head office based in London and several overseas subsidiaries that operate as SMEs and microcredit organisations and are regulated by their local central bank.

About the vacancy

Over the next three or four months, MLF has a special project, which will require more detailed and more frequent analysis and reporting. This will be part of a transition and hence the need for interim support. The successful candidate must have the breadth of experience, interest and commitment to handle this complexity. Candidates who have a successful track record as a finance director of an SMEs or charity and/or have worked in regulated environment, such as financial services, will be preferred. Reporting to the CEO, the role is multi – faceted with responsibility for both overseeing the finance function and being a key member of the transition team. The role includes responsibility for the accounting & management information systems, internal & external financial reporting, regularly updated business and cash flow forecasts, IT, treasury, taxation, internal control and audit and to provide support to the UK CEO and Operations team in Africa. The candidate will be supported by a small Finance team in the UK and in each African subsidiary. The role requires regular communication of key financial and risk information to the CEO and UK Trustees.

Time Commitment

It is estimated to be on average 3 days per week although at some times it may be full time. In recognition of this time commitment and the specialist nature of this role, the charity will offer an appropriate day rate for this role.


For further information please contact Peter Ryan on

Management Committee Volunteer, Linstone Housing Association

About the employer

Linstone Housing Association was set up in 1998 following a stock transfer from Scottish Homes. With around 1570 properties, we are one of the largest housing associations in Renfrewshire and most of our houses are in Linwood and Johnstone – hence the name. In addition to being a landlord, we also act as estate manager to around 2000 owner occupiers and provide a factoring service to approximately 480 owners. The Association is a not-for-profit organisation which means that any surplus we make is reinvested back into our homes, communities and services. We are registered with the Scottish Housing Regulator and run by a voluntary Committee of Management. We are also a registered Charity and an Industrial & Provident Society.

About the vacancy

We are looking for new Committee members to join the Management Committee to oversee the governance of the organisation. Linstone Housing Association is governed by a voluntary Management Committee elected at our AGM in September each year. We can have a maximum of 15 people on our Management Committee. The Committee’s role is to decide on strategic direction. Day to day operational management is carried out by the Management Team. Some of the Committee’s main functions include: Approving budgets Employment of senior staff Review of policies Review of future maintenance programmes Major decision making and organisational direction Ensuring Linstone meets statutory and regulatory requirements.

Time Commitment

The Committee meets every 6 weeks and there is a Finance Sub Committee which meets every 2- months. Meetings usually last about 2 hours.


If you are interested and want to know more about volunteering at Linstone please call Lesley-Anne Junner (Director of Finance) or Adele Fraser (CEO), for an informal chat.


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