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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:

Trustee, Float Trust


About the employer

Float Trust provides practical and financial support to people in Edinburgh who are at risk of destitution. We focus on situations where a little means a lot, and prioritise those in the most difficult circumstances, such sleeping rough or with no recourse to public funds. We currently have two programmes. The first provides cash grants to individuals, usually to help with essential living costs such as food, travel, and sanitary products. The second provides pre-paid bus tickets to those unable to afford essential travel, such as to medical appointments and job interviews.

About the vacancy

We are eager to strengthen and diversify our board. In particular, we would like to recruit a trustee with expertise in financial management and/or corporate governance. Accountants and financial advisers, at all stages of their careers, are of special interest. Joining the organisation at an exciting time in its development, you will play a key role in setting its strategic direction.

Alongside the rest of the board, you will develop systems and processes to strengthen our management and governance, and prepare us to support our beneficiaries for years to come. We are committed to a diverse environment, and welcome expressions of interest from all segments of the community. We are particularly interested in hearing from those typically under-represented on boards. No previous board-level experience is required.

Time commitment

The trustees meet quarterly for around two hours, typically during evenings and weekends. Some work between meetings will be required.

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.

Trustee, The Scottish Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association (SCABA)


About the employer

The Scottish Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association is a charity that supports CAs, their dependents and prospective CAs who are in need. This can be for a variety of reasons such as ill health, redundancy, debt, re-training etc. We help by providing grants, loans and support visits.

About the vacancy

We currently have vacancies for Trustees with financial or charity expertise. It is a rewarding organisation to be part of and by volunteering with us you can make a real difference to the lives of those we support and help us continue our work.

The requirements of a Trustee are:

  • A commitment to SCABA’s Aims and Objectives as set out in the rules and regulations of the Association
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the role
  • Strategic vision
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak your mind
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Display the qualities of integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
  • To ensure that all money and assets are prudently managed and used in pursuit of the objects of the organisation Trustees receive induction and training on their responsibilities and on the organisation's processes and procedures.

Time commitment

The time commitment is for 4 meetings a year which are held during the day at the ICAS offices in Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh. Generally, the meetings are scheduled for 10.30 - 15.30.

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.

Trustee/Director, Gem Workspaces Limited


About the employer

Gem Workspaces is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status (Scottish Charity Number SC011810). Formed in 1987, we are based in the east end of Glasgow where we work to encourage economic development and job creation by providing quality workspace to rent.

About the vacancy

The charity is looking for a new Trustee/Director to serve in a non-executive role. Specifically, we are looking for someone with experience in raising finance and expertise in financial reporting to help us develop and pursue a growth strategy.

Time commitment

The Board meets six times a year for about two hours on a Wednesday morning. There may be a small amount of preparation time.

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, East Park


About the employer

East Park has provided Education and Supported Accommodation services to children and young people with additional support needs, including autism, since 1874. Our philosophy reflects current legislation, best practice and a commitment to excellence. All our services focus on the needs of the young people and encourage partnership with the child and family. Our purpose built state of the art facilities help us continuously improve our services and skills in working with children from across Scotland.

About the vacancy

To ensure, with the other Trustees, that the charity acts in accordance with its constitution and to manage its activities in furtherance of the charitable purposes set out in that constitution.

  • As a part of the Board, setting the strategy and undertaking the strategic management of the charity.
  • Ensuring that the charity complies with its Articles of Association and all applicable legislation and regulations.
  • Ensuring that the charity pursues charitable purposes as set out in its Articles.
  • Ensuring that the charity applies its resources in pursuance of its charitable purposes and provides appropriate public benefit through its activities in pursuit of those purposes.
  • As a part of the Board, ensuring the financial stability of the charity.
  • As a part of the Board, ensuring proper accounting records are kept.
  • As a part of the Board, ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the charity.
  • As a part of the Board, protecting and managing the property of the charity.
  • As a part of the Board, ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
  • As a part of the Board, approving the charity’s policies.
  • Safeguarding the good name and ethos of the charity.

Time commitment

One/two Monthly Board/Committee meeting for a duration of approximately 3 hours. Trustees may be asked to attend East Park events, serve on interview panels, attend meeting with Executive Director, etc.

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.

Volunteer Accountant, AFID


About the employer

AfID offers accounting & audit professionals volunteer assignments across the UK, Africa, Asia & South America, including Trustee & Treasurer and capacity building placements, from 2 to 12 weeks. AfID tailors every assignment to the unique profile of the volunteer, considering your skills, availability and preferences.

About the vacancy

Based in the scenic and mountainous region of Victoria, Philippines, our partner supports indigenous communities in oriental and occidental Mindoro. They promote indigenous rights, provide health & education activities, capacity building, environmental protection of indigenous regions, health, cultural development and citizenship programmes.

They have recently implemented a new accounts system and have requested support to mentor, train and build the confidence of their finance team in making the most of the new system.

You will be the second volunteer on assignment at this NGO, and will be reviewing their progress since the last placement, evaluating how the local team has been implementing the new procedures and provide further training and guidance as needed, particularly around cost monitoring, budgeting preparation and analysis and Formal cashflow forecasting. No specific accounting system experience required.

Time commitment

2- 4 weeks

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, The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra


About the employer

The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra (SFO) is a charity with the legal form of a company limited by guarantee. It is run by a Board drawn from its 100 members who are all volunteers. It also has a small subsidiary company used for merchandising. The SFO plays 6-8 concerts a year in major concert halls, mainly in Scotland although also elsewhere in the UK and from time to time it tours abroad. The annual turnover averages around £130k. All the orchestra members are unpaid and receive only travelling and incidental expenses. Their shared passion is performing and by doing so, helping to preserve traditional Scottish fiddle music for current and future generations.

About the vacancy

The existing treasurer is a retired CA and, having carried out the role for four years, he feels it is time to pass on to someone similar who has a few hours to spare. The Board members come from a variety of backgrounds, often with little financial knowledge and the role is very much guiding on financial matters.

The company secretary, who is an orchestra member, works as a solicitor. From both the treasurer and company secretary viewpoints, having another professional available can be a useful sounding board if and when issues arise.

The role involves general accounting, the management of cash funds, the keeping of records on an Excel spreadsheet, arranging the payment of bills, and the presentation of ongoing accounts to the board. At the end of the year, annual accounts are prepared for OSCR and Companies House with the assistance of the external independent accountant. The role is interesting but is not onerous but is an opportunity to assist a charity which wishes to preserve a part of our Scottish heritage.

Time commitment

The time commitment is a few hours per week with a bit more required at the year-end. In addition, there are around 6 board meetings a year, usually held on a Sunday in Perth.

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, Aberdeen Cyrenians


About the employer

Aberdeen Cyrenians is a well-known, local charity which has been commended for almost 50 years for its flexible, proactive approach to resolving homelessness and for a range of other vital services for vulnerable people in Aberdeen.

About the vacancy

We are actively seeking to appoint volunteer Directors to the board. Ideal candidates will have a commitment to social justice issues such as homelessness and likely to have relevant knowledge and experience in business, social care, health, corporate fundraising or governance. They should have the gravitas to add tangible value to the strategic leadership of the organisation and also to support our Senior Management team.

Time commitment

One or two evenings 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.

Topics

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

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