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

Trustee, Pregnancy & Parents Centre

About the employer

We are a not for profit charity working with women and their families during pregnancy and parenthood. 

Our main aim is to promote the emotional and physical health of pregnant women, their partners, new parents and their young children. Our trustees are a group of volunteers who uphold the charity's running and development.

About the vacancy

We are keen to bring on board a trustee who has finance, marketing and fundraising skills (with emphasis on finance). The main role will be bringing financial expertise to the board and providing guidance and support to paid staff for funding and finance although all trustees are encouraged to take part in projects of interest and attend monthly board meeting and an annual AGM.

Time Commitment

Monthly Board Meetings (babes in arms welcome), with additional time given to supporting staff & Trustees usually via email or telephone and occasional meetings. We understand flexibility is needed around other commitments.


For more information, please email: 

Thereafter submission of covering letter and CV to Board at: or via mail to: Coordinator, Pregnancy and Parents Centre, 10 Lower Gilmore Place, Edinburgh EH3 9NY

Accounts Trustee, Regain Sports Charity

About the employer

We are a relatively small but very active national charity specifically helping those who have been made tetraplegic as a result of a sporting accident.

About the vacancy

Our accounts trustee now wishes to retire after many years service and we need a replacement with an accounting background/qualifications to take his place on the board and to oversee the accounts processes.

Time Commitment

We now have both a bookeeper and an Office administrator with an accounts background so that the task is more of a overseeing role but with a view to providing quarterly management accounts to the board and dealing with a payroll for three staff plus expenses etc.


Please contact Gwynne Furlong CEO on either 07767 240323 or

Board member/Treasurer, Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire SCIO

About the employer

Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire SCIO is part of a national network of Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) whose ambition is to see a Scotland in which we have strong resilient communities where the many volunteers, groups and charities that work here flourish. We are committed to supporting individuals from all walks of life to work together with local groups/organisations to meet the needs of East Renfrewshire residents. 

We work collaboratively with the Local Authority, other Public sector agencies, Private sector partners plus local charities and voluntary organisations to improve the planning and delivery of public services by making them more responsive to the needs and aspirations of local communities. Our staff and volunteers in East Renfrewshire do this by:

  • Convening and supporting collaborative initiatives 
  • Providing Advice & Support
  • Offering Training & Networking opportunities 
  • Signposting & making community connections
  • Matching & developing opportunities for volunteers services.

We are part funded by Scottish Government to support this work but this provides less than 40% of our running costs we generate other income via grants, Service Level Agreements etc. from a variety of sources including restricted and unrestricted sources. We have a strong board that ensure the governance of our charity delivers best practice.

About the vacancy

Our current treasurer is moving away from the area so we are looking for a pro bono treasurer to take on the role.  

Treasurer Role duties are: 

  • Overseeing the financial affairs of the organisation and within accepted accounting practice; ensuring proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures and controls are in place; 
  • Regularly reporting the financial position at committee meetings; 
  • Taking a lead in interpreting financial data to fellow trustees; monitoring and report on the financial health of the organisation;
  • Liaise with relevant staff and trustees to ensure the financial viability of the organisation; 
  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits; 
  • Oversee the production of an annual budget and propose its adoption at the last meeting of the previous financial year.


  • Knowledge and experience of current finance practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations.
  • Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management. 
  • Good financial analysis skills. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly.

We support many people to benefit from our learning environment and believe that the skills and experience acquired from participating on our board develops many transferable skills.

Time Commitment

The successful candidate would be expected to attend Bi-monthly board meetings and bi-monthly finance meetings which run on alternate months.


Please contact Anne Kidd by email to arrange an informal chat in the first instance.

Treasurer, James Clerk Maxwell Foundation

About the employer

The James Clerk Maxwell Foundation is a registered Scottish charity. 

We provide scholarships to deserving students, international prizes, grants and commemorate by lectures, publication of books, newsletters and articles (to aid in the furtherance of physics mathematics and chemistry) the work of the famous Scottish scientist Professor James Clerk Maxwell, FRS, FRSE. 

We further the field of science in any way that the Trustees consider appropriate.

About the vacancy

To manage our bank accounts, to prepare a budget for the forthcoming year, to record the in-and-out transactions of the Foundation and pass these to the Independent Examiner of the Foundation (a qualified CA) with the Accounts being prepared on a cash basis (i.e. ‘Receipts and Payments’ basis – no accruals). 

Position would suit a retired CA or someone who is not a CA but has book keeping experience.

Time Commitment

One hour a week. The incumbent can work from home. Communication by way of emails using WORD and/or EXCEL attachments is sufficient.


Email or call David Forfar (Chairman) ( or 0131-313-0933)

Board Member/Trustee, Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland

About the employer

CBCS is Scotland's only open-to-all bereavement charity. As such, we support people of all ages regardless of when the death occurred or the cause of death. 

We receive 78% of our referrals from the NHS. We also work in prisons, with the military and in schools. We also provide accredited specialist counselling training to around 70 people each year and provide placements for counselling students from a number of Scottish further education institutions. 

Research shows that there are approximately 57,500 deaths in Scotland each year with around 231,000 people in Scotland being affected by bereavement. Of those, approximately 46,000 people will need bereavement support. Demand for our services is rising rapidly; in 2016/17 calls to our Helpline have increased by 15% and face to face counselling sessions have increased by 20%. In 2016/17 Cruse supported 13,300 people in Scotland. 

Whilst this is a very significant achievement, we continue to work tirelessly to develop our services to enable us to reach even more people who need our help. Our expertise is recognised by the Scottish Government and we are called upon to provide support following significant traumatic incidents such as the Bin Lorry tragedy in Glasgow, the Baby Ashes issue in Aberdeen and the Vale of Leven Enquiry. 

CBCS has 9 staff and over 300 trained volunteer counsellors

About the vacancy

This is an exciting time for the charity and we have ambitious plans for growth and development and are looking to further strengthen our Board of Directors in order that they can guide our success. However demand for the service is growing at a time when statutory funding is decreasing. 

The role of the Board of Directors is crucial to the success of Cruse Scotland, providing good governance, guidance and leadership at the highest level of the charity. We are seeking people with relevant expertise, with the time and commitment to devote to this challenging role and who share our values as an organisation. 

We are particularly interested in hearing from dynamic professionals who are looking for opportunities to broaden their own experience; improve their own career prospects and/or share their existing knowledge. 

We are particularly keen, but not exclusively, to hear from those with existing or previous careers in one of the following: 

  • Finance 
  • PR and Media 
  • I.T. 
  • Income Generation
  • Local Authority Commissioning
  • Business Management 
  • Charitable Fundraising

Time Commitment

  • A minimum of four Trustee Board meetings per annum
  • Service on one Board sub-committee
  • One Trustee Board away day strategy session 
  • One Annual General Meeting 
  • One annual meeting with Chair 
  • Engagement with events throughout the year


If this opportunity interests you and you want to make a difference please contact to request an information pack. We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Treasurer/trustee, Pain Concern

  • Employer: Pain Concern
  • Contact: Heather Wallace (T: 0131 669 5951/ 07879 601201)
  • Location: Home based position 
  • Closing date for applications: 30 August 2017

About the employer

Pain Concern is a charity providing information and support to people with pain and those who care for them, whether family, friends or healthcare professionals.

Visit our website to find out more about what we do, including our Airing Pain radio programme, Pain Matters magazine, information helpline, community pain education sessions and our research and campaigning work. 

The charity works across UK. It is registered with OSCR and with Companies House Edinburgh as a company limited by guarantee.

About the vacancy

The treasurer acts as a trustee of the charity, with additional responsibilities for overseeing the charities funds. Day to day bookkeeping is carried out in the office by the charity’s accounts clerks, using a Sage accounting package. All pain is unpleasant, but for the 7.8 million people in the UK living with long-term pain it is a part of everyday life. 

It diminishes quality of life more than any other condition, leading often to loss of work, depression and disability. Anyone at any age can develop persistent pain and you will very probably know somebody affected. Although there is usually no cure, people who receive the appropriate treatment, information and support can manage their condition effectively with life-changing results.

We work collaboratively with the NHS and leading pain specialists. We have also won multiple awards.

Time Commitment

  • Board meetings are usually monthly - our outgoing treasurer can give more details.
  • The charity uses Office 365, email and telephone conferencing, making trustee meetings easy and allowing regular communication with the Chair, office staff and accounts clerks. So much of the work can be carried out from home.


If you would like to apply or find our more information please email

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

Chairperson, SIS

About the employer

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) is the largest not for profit provider of business loans to the third sector in Scotland as well as being a social enterprise and registered charity. 

SIS is also Scotland's, and one of the UK's, largest Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFI). A CDFI makes loans and other repayable investments to charities, community organisations and social enterprises that may find it difficult to access finance from other sources.

About the vacancy

We are currently recruiting for a chairperson to lead SIS Ventures - a new subsidiary of Social Investment Scotland. SIS Ventures will have responsibility for a new stream of activity using mission aligned investment raised from private investors. 

SIS Ventures will invest in both traditional forms of social enterprise using investment raised using Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) and more innovative mission-led business models using capital raised under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). 

As well as providing the link between this new entity and the main SIS board, the SIS Ventures Chair will play a significant role in acting as a figurehead for this new fund. 

For more information, please read the Role Profile. then please send your CV to SIS before 5pm on Friday 4 August and we can arrange an informal chat about this opportunity. More formal interviews with the SIS board will take place in August.

Time Commitment

The SIS Ventures board is expected to meet at least four times per annum, and will also be a member of the SIS board which meets at least 5 times per annum, including an away day with ad hoc single item agenda meetings as required. The SIS Ventures Chair will also be expected to have regular meeting.


Please send your CV to SIS before 5pm on Friday 4 August and we can arrange an informal chat about this opportunity. More formal interviews with the SIS board will take place in August.

Board Member, Viewpoint

  • Employer: Viewpoint
  • Contact: Dorry McLaughlin (T: 0131 668 4247)
  • Location: Edinburgh 
  • Closing date for applications: 11 August 2017

About the employer

At Viewpoint we create joy in later years. This is your chance to join our Board. With overall responsibility for the governance and strategic direction of Viewpoint, Board members shape our development and play a key role in the design and delivery of high quality services for older people.

About the vacancy

We have exciting plans for the future and are specifically looking for individuals with experience and knowledge of Finance. This is your opportunity to help guide our work as we develop new and creative services and accommodation. 

Viewpoint provides housing and care services to around 2000 customers in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. 

We are a registered charity and are regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator and Care Inspectorate. These are voluntary positions although expenses are paid.

Time Commitment

Eight evening meetings per year plus an away day.


The application pack is available at Viewpoint.


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