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, ILF Scotland

  • .EmployerILF Scotland
  • Contact: Aspen People, 0141 212 7555
  • Location: Scotland
  • Closing date for applications: 22 Oct 2018
  • Apply now

About the employer

The UK Independent Living Fund (ILF) closed at the end of June 2015 and the funding for recipients was devolved to Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively. The Independent Living Fund Scotland is the organisation which now administers over £58m of funding for existing recipients, supporting them to lead independent lives. The organisation has a staff team of 45 and currently provides multi award-winning management services for approximately 3500 disabled people throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland. This number will increase as the transition fund is accessed over the coming months.

ILF Scotland is fully funded by the Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Administration for the due care and stewardship of public funding. It provides excellent and flexible customer service, facilitating recipients to continue to exercise choice and control and to use their funding in an outcomes-focused way to lead independent lives

About the vacancy

Your role as Member of the Board of Directors is to oversee the effective governance and accountability of ILF Scotland, ensuring that the company carries out its objectives, as set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association, and follows the Grant in Aid conditions as set out in the contract with Scottish Ministers. The Board will provide direction for the administration of ILF Scotland, to maintain packages of ILF support to existing ILF recipients in Scotland and Northern Ireland, who transferred on 1 July 2015 and the Transition Fund launched in 2017. You will oversee ILF Scotland to ensure disabled people are at the heart of the organisation and it provides a dedicated and personalised service to all stakeholders. You will also ensure that ILF Scotland operations are consistent with the ILF Awards Policies, it makes regular and accurate payments to ILF recipients transferred on 1 July 2015 and the Transition Fund Policies opened on 22nd December 2017.

The successful candidate will have matching values, the ability to develop effective working relationships and take into account a range of views and perspectives to reach conclusions. He/she will have knowledge of strategy and corporate governance as will as the ability to analyse and review complex issues, offering a challenge to ensure good decision making. Closing date for applications is Monday 22nd October 2018.

Time commitment

The time commitment for Members is expected to be an average of 1 day per month (12 days per year). For some roles, there may be a need to commit further days, up to a maximum of 18 days a year. This will be for the incoming Chair and Board members to determine.

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/Treasurer, Fife Young Carers

  • .EmployerFife Young Carers
  • Contact: Simon Allan, 077852 500024
  • Location: Lochgelly
  • Closing date for applications: 10 Nov 2018
  • Apply now

About the employer

Fife Young Carers supports children and young people aged 8- 25 years who look after someone in their family who are ill or have a disability.

About the vacancy

We are looking for an individual with financial and governance experience to join our Committee as Treasurer to:

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation ensuring they are legal, constitutional and within an accepted accounting practice
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place
  • Monitor and report on the financial position of the organisation, specifically:
    • Working with the Manager to produce an annual budget
    • Working with the external accountant to provide and present quarterly management accounts monitoring against budget
  • Oversee the completion of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and independent examination
  • Advise on the financial implications of strategic plans

Time commitment

6 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.

Chairman/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.

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.

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.

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/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.

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.

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.

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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