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:

Advisory Board Member, Marie Curie

  • Employer: Marie Curie
  • Closing date for applications: 31 March 2018
  • Contact: Richard Meade, 0131 561 3904

About the employer

Marie Curie provides care and support for people living with any terminal illness and their families. We’ve been carrying out this vital work for over 65 years – last year alone we cared for over 40,000 people across the UK.Get involved!We can’t do what we do without our supporters. Whether you want to take part in an event, raise money in your local area or give us your time as a volunteer, only you can make sure we can continue caring for people living with a terminal illness across the UK.

About the vacancy

We are looking for volunteer Advisory Board members to support Marie Curie in Scotland to achieve its strategic objectives. Collectively, Advisory Board members will have a balance of skills and experience which will support Marie Curie’s core business and supporting functions. We're looking for the following: Passionate about the charity, its strategic objectives and to improve care for terminally ill people and their families Willing, enthusiastic and able to commit time to Marie Curie Experience of relevant fields eg palliative care, medical and nursing, NHS, raising funds, devolved government or local government in Scotland Active in local networks and able to influence - in particular links to local companies, trusts, opinion-formers and decision-makers Strong interpersonal skills and willing to interact at all levels within the local community Able to work as part of a team with Marie Curie staff, at local and national level, and other Marie Curie volunteers Promote and demonstrate the values.

Time commitment

The Board, comprised of a chair and 5 to 9 members, will be appointed for up to 3 years initially and will meet formally at least twice a year.

Apply

Interested? Please apply now to make your application.

Chair, South Lanarkshire College


About the employer

As one of Scotland’s most successful colleges, South Lanarkshire College is situated in a state of the art campus in East Kilbride, the sixth biggest conurbation in Scotland. The key performance indicators for the College demonstrate that it is one of the highest performers in Scotland. The Board of Management of the College sets the strategic direction for, works in partnership with, and is a critical friend to, the College executive. The College had the best Higher National results across Scotland and the fourth best National Certificate results. Only one other college in Scotland secured more students successfully moving on, either to continue with their education or into employment. The College has grown 40% over the last nine years. The College has an outstanding Education Scotland report and prides itself on its student centred approach. The College has no debt and continually produces a balanced budget. The College is a multiple award winning organisation which was the first college in the UK to achieve Investors in People at Platinum standard.

About the vacancy

The Chair will have a strong and personal commitment to education and the vision, values, aims and ethos of South Lanarkshire College. The Chair will be expected to display a significant commitment to the long term aspirations of the College. The Chair should take particular care that all members of the Board of Management, including themselves, adhere to the principles of behaviour in public life (the ‘Nolan Principles’) which embrace duty, selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability and stewardship, openness, honesty, leadership and respect. The Chair is ultimately responsible for the sound governance of the College. The Chair should possess: Relevant professional expertise and knowledge in matters relevant to the successful operation of a large, diverse organisation. Experience of chairing meetings and bringing matters to a satisfactory conclusion. Awareness of modern regulatory environment so that legitimate scrutiny and accountability are respected and effectively discharged. The nature of the role requires a commitment of time which is a combination of that required for the successful discharge of formal tasks but also internal support and contact which are critical to a proper discharge of the responsibilities of the position.

Time commitment

10 Board Meetings per annum

Apply

For more information and details on how to apply, please click here

Trustee, Bike for Good

  • Employer: Bike for Good
  • Contact: Gregory Kinsman-Chauvet, 0141 248 5409
  • Location: Glasgow
  • Closing date for applications: 20 April 2018
  • Apply now

About the employer

Bike for Good is a social enterprise and registered charity that aims enable more people to cycle as their main mode of transport. Our mission is to create cities where everyone benefits from riding a bicycle. We refurbish, repair and teach communities how to maintain bikes - we improve the environment and improve mental and physical health.

About the vacancy

The trustee acts as the legal owner of trust assets, and is responsible for handling any of the assets held in trust, tax filings for the trust, and distributing the assets according to the terms of the trust. Both roles involve duties that are legally required. rustees of incorporated charities are treated in a similar way to company directors and are generally not liable for the charity's debts.

Time commitment

2 hours bi-monthly board meeting - wednesdays 6 to 8pm monthly one hour finance committee meeting preparation to those meetings on your own time.

Apply

If you are interested in the role, you can speak to one of the directors by emailing kierangdaly@live.co.uk. Please send a CV and Cover Letter by the deadline outlined above.

Trustee / Treasurer, Stirling & Trossachs Scout Council


About the employer

Stirling & Trossachs Scout Council is a Charity which manages & supports the regional Scout groups (most of which are registered Charities in their own right) The Scout Council produces its own accounts and submits them to OSCR annually. The Council supports Scouting activities for over 1,000 young people in Stirling and outlying areas.

About the vacancy

Treasurer required to replace the current incumbent (who is retiring after 10 years service). The role is to manage the Scout Council's simple Cash Book / Excel accounting records. Attendance is expected at the 4 Council Executive Meetings per annum, one of which is the AGM where the Treasurer will present the year's accounts. The role is as Trustee, Treasurer and authorised Bank Signatory.

This position helps facilitate the many scouting events and activities for over 1,000 young people in the Stirling area (from Stirling to Strathblane). There is a general (e-mail/telephone support for Groups and a simple over-seeing role of their annual Accounts which are already produced and independently examined).

Time commitment

Average 1 hour per week (home/laptop) plus 4 x 2-hour meetings per year. Ongoing "Accounts" for meetings and (simple) Annual Accounts. Some weeks nothing required. E-mail communication with other Council members/groups is very manageable.

Apply

E-mail David on david@boyackassociates.com or telephone your interest on 07801 699962.

Treasurer, Positive Realities

  • .Employer: Positive Realities
  • Closing date for applications: 30 April 2018
  • Contact: Carole Kelly, 0131 629 4800
  • Job location: Edinburgh

About the employer

Positive Realities is a locally based organisation working to promote a successful transition into adulthood for young people aged 12-25 years in Edinburgh using positive psychology approaches to improve wellbeing. We run personal development workshops for young people across Edinburgh and also operate a life coaching service through our volunteer coaches and peer coaches (aged 16-30 years).

Since establishing five years ago we have become an SCIO and have successfully life coached 25 young people per year, with outcomes showing a significant improvement in well-being. We have also provided social and personal development workshops to more than 400 young people across Edinburgh. We also run a range of projects including a popular Social Hub so isolated young people have opportunities to socialise and learn new communication skills and a Homemaking project supporting young care leavers into independent living. From 1 April 2018, we will also extend into East Lothian to provide resources to young people and their families to strengthen personal resilience.

About the vacancy

We are seeking a Treasurer for our Board of Management. The role will require undertaking the following activities: - general financial oversight - financial planning and budgeting - financial reporting - banking, book-keeping and record keeping. At present this role is undertaken by the CEO in conjunction with the accountancy firm responsible for producing the accounts. Xero software is used as the bookkeeping and Payroll system.

We are keen to attract a committed individual to the role who is willing to support the CEO, particularly in the areas of budgeting, establishing robust financial reporting systems including audits. You will be willing to work to help support the growth and development of a small local charity.

Time commitment

Approx 3-6hrs per month

Apply

Please apply with a CV and covering letter explaining why you wish to apply to the CEO, Carole Kelly at carole@positiverealities.org

Non Executive Director, Connect

  • Employer: CONNECT
  • Closing date for applications: 1 May 2018
  • Contact: Eileen Prior on 0131 474 6199 for an initial chat before making a formal application.

About the employer

Connect (formerly Scottish Parent Teacher Council) is a charity and membership organisation committed to ensuring the best educational outcomes for Scotland’s young people. We believe all young people should benefit from the support of an engaged parent or significant adult as they move through school and beyond. We are passionate about young people and the positive contribution parents and carers can make.

About the vacancy

The board of Connect would like to appoint Director Trustees with specific business skills, who can buy into our mission and bring their skills to bear on a growing and changing membership organisation. Specific skills we are looking for are Finance and Legal (corporate). Directors also have the opportunity to represent the organisation at a range of regional and national events and conferences associated with its core business. All reasonable expenses paid.

Time commitment

The commitment will be six board meetings each year (Saturday, Edinburgh) plus occasional online communication and some face-to-face support to the staff on programme management. Likely to be equivalent to around two days/16 hours per month.

Apply

Interested? Please contact Eileen Prior eileen@connect.scot or call her on 0131 474 6199 for an initial chat before making a formal application.

Finance Director, Connect

  • Employer: CONNECT
  • Contact: Eileen Prior, 0131 474 6184
  • Location: Scotland
  • Closing date for applications: 1 June 2018
  • Apply now

About the employer

Connect (trading name of Scottish Parent Teacher Council) is a charity and membership organisation committed to ensuring the best educational outcomes for Scotland’s young people. We believe all young people should benefit from the support of an engaged parent or significant adult as they move through school and beyond.

About the vacancy

The board of Connect would like to appoint Director Trustees with specific business skills. We are currently looking for a Finance Director, who can buy into our mission and bring their skills to bear on a growing and changing membership organisation.

Key functions:

  • Support the Executive Director and the Finance & Admin Officer in meeting the requirements of the organisation, its Board, OSCR and Companies House
  • Provide scrutiny and support in financial reporting for Board meetings
  • Provide oversight and scrutiny in the year-end process to ensure accurate and timely accounts are prepared by our accountants
  • Report to members on financial performance at the AGM
  • Provide advice to improve ways of working and reporting to meet the changing needs of the organisation * Support the office team in business and financial planning
  • Provide an external perspective on the finances and financial management of the organisation, to support decision making and encourage engagement of other directors
  • Assume particular responsibility for financial input to the Trustee Risk Register Directors also have the opportunity to represent the organisation at a range of regional and national events and conferences associated with its core business.
  • This is a voluntary role, with all reasonable expenses paid. Appointments are for a maximum period of three years.

Time commitment

Commitment will be to six board meetings each year (Saturday, Edinburgh) plus occasional on-line communication and some face-to-face support to the staff on programme management. This is likely to be equivalent to around two full days/16 hours per month.

Apply

If you are passionate about helping young people and the positive contribution parents and carers can make, and want to make a difference, please contact Eileen Prior, Executive Director by clicking apply now above for an informal chat before making a formal application.

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.

Topics

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

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