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, Small Grant Trust

  • Employer: Small Grant Trust
  • Contact: Shaun McPhee, 07913 346611
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Closing date for applications: 20 August 2018
  • Apply now

About the employer

We aim to give small grants (up to around £30.00) to individuals in urgent need. Our grants are targeted at those to whom a little can mean a lot - including the homeless, those who are subject to benefit sanctions, and those without recourse to public funds. This project is brand new. We are in the process of applying for incorporation as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), fundraising, and planning and our development.

About the vacancy

We are looking for an individual with financial and governance expertise, as well as general commercial awareness, to join our board. You will be instrumental in steering an early-stage charitable trust, which aims to support some of the most vulnerable people in our society. As this is a new venture, you will have the opportunity to develop your role to suit your interests and abilities.

Time commitment

Approximately three 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/Trustee, The Girls' Brigade in Scotland


About the employer

The Girls’ Brigade in Scotland (GBS) is a uniformed, lively, vibrant, volunteer-led Christian organisation for girls/young women. 2018 marks 125 years of Girls' Brigade across the world. We are a modern, progressive organisation open to girls of all faiths or none and operate throughout Scotland with over 200 companies serving over 8,000 members in the communities of Scotland.

GB companies offer a safe place for girls and young women to meet, a place for fun, a place for learning, a place for challenge, a place for personal development and a place where every girl is valued irrespective of her background. We welcome those with educational or other special needs and it is our policy, wherever possible, to include those who are challenged by physical or mental disability as we seek to be inclusive at all times. All sections follow a balanced, age-appropriate programme offering educational, service, spiritual and physical elements, recognising our holistic approach. The award scheme provides the opportunity for girls to learn new skills at a level appropriate to their ability in a fun, safe and secure environment. All GB companies are affiliated to local churches and are an integral part of both church and the local community.

About the vacancy

GBS became a Company limited by guarantee in 2007. Trustees are known as the Executive which comprises President, 2 Vice-Presidents, 6 elected members, 2 youth representatives, a Chaplain, a Treasurer and the Chief Executive, who is a non-voting member. The Treasurer's position automatically assumes Trustee status.

The post holder will be expected to attend Executive meetings and present Management Accounts [which will be provided by our Finance Officer on a quarterly basis] and provide advice and guidance on investments, etc (well managed at presented by Tilney Invest). The Treasurer would liaise with the Chief Executive and Finance Officer about setting budgets, etc. In addition, the current Executive is keen that the person appointed will bring a fresh, external perspective to the Executive which will assist them in strategic development and delivery. An interest in charitable work or experience with working with young people would be helpful but not essential. Travel expenses etc. will be paid on an agreed basis.

Time commitment

Executive meets 5 times per year, usually in Glasgow + there is an AGM at which the Treasurer provides the report to the membership. Meeting is normally on a Saturday morning, 10am- 3pm but attendance times can be discussed. Occasional meetings with Chief Exec/Finance Officer as well.

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 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.

Non-Executive Board Members, The Disabilities Trust

  • Employer: The Disabilities Trust
  • Contact: Jennifer Horan, 07519 070497
  • Location: London
  • Closing date for applications: 24 September 2018
  • Apply now

About the employer

The Disabilities Trust is a significant UK charity with income in excess of £55m per annum, assets of over £100m, and 1,800 staff supporting 1,000 people with assessment and rehabilitation for brain injury, complex autism, learning disabilities and physical disability, through residential centres and our day school in Berkshire. Services, tailored for each individual’s needs, include purpose-built residential accommodation, community-based housing, respite care, special education and community enabling services to maximise each individual's independence. The Disabilities Trust is going through a period of change and transformation to ensure that the charity is positioned well for growth and to meet the increasing levels of competition from private healthcare providers.

The opportunity is to create an organisation that has the commercial efficiency of a private provider with the values and person-centred focus of a charity. The Chief Executive, Irene Sobowale, has a vision for the charity to grow and expand while putting people with disabilities first and their needs at the heart of what the Trust do. The Chair, Steve Howell, shares this ambition and wants to create a board environment where the board members are highly-engaged, committed and feel accountable for supporting the executive team to achieve their goals. As such we are seeking people who want to work with the executive team in a supportive and empowering way and who have the motivation, skills and experience to add real value.

About the vacancy

We are looking for four new people who can provide strategic direction, appropriate oversight, scrutiny, challenge and leadership in support of the Trust’s future development. We are looking for one or two commercially minded finance people with experience in either Audit, Assurance and Risk Management, Corporate or Commercial Finance as well as other people who can provide strategic insights or market knowledge into the healthcare sector, or who have relevant legal and regulatory (CQC, Ofsted) and clinical experience. In fact, if your motivation is strong and your background relevant we would like you to come forward for a conversation.

This is an exciting time to join the Disabilities Trust and its Board, as there is both the desire and resources available to grow and expand its services into new areas. You can be a key part in developing the board culture and have the potential to have a real impact on the organisation and its ability to drive innovation and create a successful future. With transformation comes change and the Disabilities Trust requires Board members who can demonstrate a commitment to add value and show a motivation to want to positively change the lives of people with disabilities. These are voluntary roles although reasonable expenses will be payable.

Time commitment

The Board meets 4 times a year in Central London plus a yearly strategy away day.

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.

Treasurer/Trustee, Musselburgh and District Citizens Advice Bureau


About the employer

Musselburgh and District CAB have been delivering advice and information to East Lothian residents for over 30 years. We operate a drop-in service for general advice which is delivered by a team of dedicated, highly skilled, fully trained volunteer staff. We employ specialist money advisers, a finance capability officer and a volunteer support officer. We also have a number of trained ‘specialist’ advisers for complex benefit and employment issue who are able to assist clients at Tribunal level.

About the vacancy

As a Board Member, you are one of the Trustees responsible for the strategic management of the Bureau. Each CAB is a separate registered Charity and for your local bureau to be effective a wide range of experience is required. We welcome Board Members who are enthusiastic about helping their community, even if they don’t feel they have specific professional skills.

What might you be doing?

  • Attend Board Meetings regularly (approximately 6 each year)
  • Take an active part in Board discussions
  • Oversee, approve and present MCAB budgets, accounts and financial statements
  • Ensure that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • Advise on the financial implications of the MCAB strategic plans
  • Keep the Board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities.

Time commitment

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.

Independent Examiner, Scottish Episcopal Church Mission Association


About the employer

SECMA is a small charity which fights poverty overseas, using small grants targeted to the area of need by our Trustees personal connections abroad and by our wider links with the Anglican Church. We have an experienced Treasurer and our accounts are simple, with a year-end on the 31st December.

About the vacancy

We are looking for you, if you are capable of fulfilling the post of Independent Examiner. A location roughly in the Edinburgh area would be helpful, but is not absolutely necessary. A small remuneration may be available.

Time commitment

A few hours per year.

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/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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