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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.

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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/Trustee, The Jean Armour Burns Trust


About the employer

We are a Glasgow based Trust Fund, formed in 2012 from funds raised from the sale of the property. These funds are invested with a Fund Management Company which gives us a steady income in excess of £15k per annum. We invite individuals, Burn Clubs, organisations, schools and others to apply for grants to promote the works of Robert Burns in communities and schools. We have funded storytellers and playwriters and other resources into schools for kids with special needs and have the privilege of attending their events. The Trust holds its Quarterly Board Meeting in Glasgow when we meet with our fund manager, consider projects or events which would merit our support, and review grant applications, some of which are processed by email. We are also responsible for the distribution of donated fund which can only be used to fund home essentials for the tenants at 10 houses in Mauchline. Have a look at our website jeanarmourburnstrust.co.uk for more information on our Trust.

About the vacancy

We are currently seeking a Trustee / Treasurer. Having an interest in our Bard would be an advantage. The Treasurer presents an income-expenditure review quarterly, You will assist in the preparation of our annual accounts with an independent accountant who is responsible for the compilation of the accounts, tax return and our annual presentation to OSCR. You will be responsible, along with the Chairman for the distribution of grants, and the receipt of donations and consideration of requests for home essentials from the tenants in Mauchline Trustees are expected to attend some of the events when invited by the groups we support. All our Trustees are volunteers,. however, reasonable travel expenses can be applied for, for attending projects and events. If you have an interest in Robert Burns and would enjoy the sense of satisfaction and reward in seeing the positive outcome from an event or project in which young folk with changing conditions have to participate in, and the sense of achievement in making a difference to the life of ordinary folk, is reward enough. Then this position is for you.

Time commitment

Attend quarterly meetings carryout transactions by email and cheque. 3 hours quarterly for our meeting. Time spent on transactions, and book keeping varies but can take up to four days in the month spread over the period.

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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.

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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.

Charity Trustee/Board Member, Carers of East Lothian

  • EmployerCarers of East Lothian
  • Contact: Andrew Tweedy, 0131 665 0135
  • Location: Musselburgh / Haddington
  • Closing date for applications: 31 December 2018
  • Apply now

About the employer

Carers of East Lothian (CoEL) is a leading carer support organisation supporting over 1000 people a year who are caring for a family member or friend. We have an excellent reputation and deliver real outcomes for the people we support. We are a registered Scottish Charity (SC027000) and company limited by Guarantee (SC366908).

About the vacancy

We are looking for up to 3 people to join our Board of Directors as a Charity Trustee. A commitment to working as part of a group to guide CoEL’s work to improve the lives of carers is the most essential quality we need. Knowledge of finance, communications or management issues are always helpful but not essential. The role is unpaid but expenses are paid. We operate a safe recruitment policy so all candidates will be subject to PVG checks etc.

Time commitment

It involves a minimum commitment of around 30 hours spread over a year to attend and prepare meetings.

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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/Treasurer, Home-Start Glasgow North


About the employer

Home-Start Glasgow North is 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 are expanding our service into North Lanarkshire. Our main office is based in Maryhill adjacent to the Maryhill Community Centre in Avenuepark Street.

About the vacancy

Providing financial support to the trustee board and scheme manager, not limited to:

  • Cashflow management
  • Budget preparation
  • Monthly reporting
  • Statutory reporting
  • Payroll and pension management
  • Attendance at board meetings
  • Supporting grant applications.

Time commitment

2-3 hour meetings every 6 weeks Adhoc time throughout the year for financial review and support.

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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, Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund


About the employer

Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund is a grant-making trust whose core aim is the relief of poverty. We provide small grants to individuals in need and grants to small local charities throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. We also provide larger grants to individuals through the Edinburgh Fire Fund. The Trustees meet four times a year to approve grant applications and to discuss and decide on policy and governance issues and provide oversight of the management of the investment portfolio. There is a minimum of five Trustees and a maximum of nine. Trustees are appointed for an initial term of up to 4 years and may be re-appointed for a subsequent term of up to four years. The Trust has an investment portfolio of £7m which is managed on its behalf by Investment Managers. Income of around £160k annually is used to fund grant giving and meet overhead expenses.

About the vacancy

We are looking for a suitably qualified Accountant to be our Treasurer. The Treasurer provides advice to the other Trustees and oversees the financial management of the Trust. Financial services, including preparation of quarterly management accounts and statutory accounts, are provided by an outsourced contractor. The Treasurer will liaise with them as needed and provide an appropriate challenge on behalf of the Trustees. Ideally, the successful candidate would have experience of charity accounts and also have sufficient experience and knowledge of investment management to assist the other Trustees in being informed customers. Working with ELTF is a rewarding experience, helping to support vulnerable people in need.

Time commitment

There are 4 Trustees meetings a year, each lasting half a day. In addition, there may be one or two additional meetings on specific topics if the need arises. Between meetings, there will be a small amount of business conducted by email, perhaps once a month on average.

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Non-Executive Director, North Ayrshire Women's Aid


About the employer

North Ayrshire Women's Aid is a registered charity that provides support and refuge to women and children fleeing domestic abuse. NAWA has won the contract with North Ayrshire Council to provide these services, as well as attracting funding from other charitable sources. The organisation has 20 employees and a Board of Non-executive directors who oversee the governance and financial probity of the organisation. This post is part of the Board of Non-executive directors.

About the vacancy

We are seeking a woman with a financial background to support the work of the Board. This role requires a commitment to the values of Women's Aid and a willingness to contribute to the overall success of the organisation. Board members all have areas of expertise and bring this to the organisation. This post would be expected to contribute financial expertise and to support the work of the finance sub-group. The organisation is proactive, innovative and forward-looking. The Board is stable, with several long-standing members. The Chief Officer of the organisation has been in post for 18 months and is dynamic, responsible and responsive to the Board.

Time commitment

The Board meets 4 times a year, at 5.30 - 7.30 in Saltcoats. All Board members are expected to attend. This post is also expected to attend the finance sub-group which takes place two weeks before the Board meeting. AGM attendance is also expected.

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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 Directors, SRUC

  • EmployerSRUC
  • Contact: Aspen People, 0141 212 7555
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Closing date for applications: 28 January 2019
  • Apply now

About the employer

SRUC is a unique organisation founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy. As a Higher Education Institution, we have specialist expertise in Education and Research and offer unrivalled links with industry through our Agricultural Business Consultants. SRUC’s principal purpose is to advance education, science, research and environmental protection and improvement in the rural and land-based industries, both domestically and internationally.

The commercial consultancy, skills training and research activities are undertaken through SAC Commercial Limited. References to “SRUC” in this specification includes both SRUC and SAC Commercial Limited. SRUC employs approximately 1,300 staff operating from 6 campuses, 8 farms, 25 consulting offices, 6 research centres and 8 veterinary surveillance centres located primarily across Scotland.

About the vacancy

The Role SRUC is seeking to appoint two Non-Executive Directors with strategic experience. These appointments would carry the responsibilities of a Company Director and Charity Trustee. SRUC is committed to ensuring that the Board represents the community, stakeholders, staff and students which it represents and welcomes expressions of interest from all suitably experienced individuals who have the experience and expertise needed to help direct and shape the organisation into the future. Expressions of interest are particularly welcomed from women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and applicants currently underrepresented on the Boards who would further enhance its diversity. Current Board Committees and Sub Committees which successful candidates may be asked to join include: Remuneration & Appointments, Audit & Risk, and Finance & Estates. Candidates are sought who can assist in taking SRUC through the next stage of its development.

Applications are invited from individuals who can demonstrate all or most of the following:

  • Experience in strategic planning and management.
  • Board level experience at a national and international level.
  • An appreciation of the functions and responsibilities of an organisation which receives significant funding from both Government and commercial sources.
  • Experience or knowledge of Further Education and/or Finance and Accounting.
  • Ability to give a time commitment of at least 18 days per annum.

Time commitment

Ability to give a time commitment of at least 18 days per annum.

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Development Trust Manager, Edinburgh College Development Trust


About the employer

Edinburgh College Development Trust is an independent grant-making charity which supports Edinburgh College’s students, some of whom are from challenging backgrounds, in additional ways to the College. The Development Trust’s main areas of interest are improving employability skills and life skills for students, broadening horizons to overcome poverty of ambition, and promoting positive mental wellbeing so that students can maximise their time at college. Edinburgh College, which is one of the largest colleges in Scotland with around 20,000 students, has the City of Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian as its catchment areas. This is a great time for a trustee who is interested in helping young people to get on in life to join the charity as the Development Trust is in the process of making a step change in its strategic mission, governance, and fundraising.

About the vacancy

Following a skills audit the charity is looking to recruit one trustee with a financial background, ideally with knowledge of charity accounting. The Development Trust benefits from a small amount of time of an Edinburgh College staff member who acts as Company Secretary, so this is not a traditional treasurer role. Rather we are looking for a trustee who can bring additional knowledge of charity accounting to the charity. This is a great way to build your knowledge and skills by taking on a trustee level role working as part of a team of ten volunteer trustees who oversee the running of the charity. Some people see it as a fantastic opportunity to give back to the local community and to support young people. Colleges are quite different to universities, and many of our young people may not have had the best start in life.

Time commitment

Four meetings per year in February, May, August and November. Meetings are usually 4-6pm on Thursdays. There may be occasional other meetings and sub committees too.

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Trustee, Bridge Community Project


About the employer

The Bridge Community Project is a West Lothian based charity that seeks to improve everyday well being through providing practical and relational support. We achieve this through our core services of Counselling and Financial Wellbeing, supporting people to re-find a sense of hope in often difficult situations.

About the vacancy

The Board has overall responsibility for our strategic direction, ensuring we meet our legal and statutory duties, remain solvent and are well run. We are looking for someone who can:

  • contribute actively to the Board and regularly attend meetings
  • be involved in setting the direction of the organisation and monitoring performance
  • use their specific knowledge or experience help the Board reach sound decisions
  • work effectively as a member of a team Skills or experience in Finance would be desirable.

Most importantly we would welcome your support for the work of The Bridge and willingness to make the time commitment needed. Board meetings are held monthly on a weekday evening, with additional meetings as required. This is a volunteer role and a full induction will be given to successful applicants.

Time commitment

4-5 hours per month.

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Trustee, Fife Women's Aid (FWA)


About the employer

Fife Women’s Aid offer refuge, 1:1 support, group work, information, counselling, advocacy and befriending opportunities to women and their children who experience domestic abuse. We are currently based in Saltire House in Glenrothes although we provide our services Fife wide.

About the vacancy

We are seeking to recruit new Trustees to our Board to enhance the skills and expertise of the present Board Members. The Board meets every 6 weeks on a Wednesday night for approximately 2 hours. Meetings take place in our office in Glenrothes. We are looking for individuals who feel they can bring their expertise to the Board in particular areas of finance, fundraising, strategic development, policy work, marketing, charity and family law, although any relevant skills would be welcome. This post is open to women only (Equality Act 2010 Work Occupational Requirement Exception, Schedule 9 Paragraph 1) Registered Charity SC011689.

Time commitment

Attend at least 75% of Board meetings annually. Travel to meetings, which are held in Fife, usually on a Wednesday evening every 6 weeks.

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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.

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Treasurer, Musselburgh and District Citizens Advice Bureau


About the employer

Musselburgh Citizens Advice Bureau is an independent charity operating across the whole of East Lothian. Our twin aims are to ensure that people are not disadvantaged due to lack of information on their rights and responsibilities and to influence an effective social policy function. We deliver advice and information on any topic with our main areas of advice being on benefits and debt. Our core service funding is from East Lothian Council, with funds for additional project work from a variety of sources. The board oversees the strategic work of the bureau with the operational activities delegated to the Chief Officer. We work in partnership with a number of local statutory and voluntary agencies.

About the vacancy

The overall role of a Treasurer is to:

  • Maintain an overview of the financial affairs
  • Ensuring the Board has the information it needs to ensure the CAB’s long-term financial stability
  • Ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. General Trustee Responsibilities
  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives (the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are).
  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
  • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds.

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve:

  • Scrutinising Board papers
  • Leading discussions on Financials

Time commitment

Meetings are in the evenings every 6-8 weeks for 2 hours. An additional commitment of approx. 1- 2 hours per week for the Treasurer role would be required.

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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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