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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:

Treasurer (unpaid Trustee), Evaluation Support Scotland


About the employer

Evaluation Support Scotland works with the third sector and funders so that they can measure and report on their impact and use learning to improve practice and inform policy.

About the vacancy

We’re looking for someone who is excited about our vision, able to provide oversight of our finances and committed to good governance. Paid staff do day to day finance and fundraising work so the role is to provide strategic oversight. Trustees are unpaid.

Time commitment

Time commitment is attending and preparing for board meetings every 2 months (Mondays 5pm to 6.45pm). You would also chair two short finance subcommittee meetings a year. There is a small amount of liaison by email with paid staff - an hour a month.

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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.

Board member, with YOU


About the employer

with YOU is a Charity that provides support to people with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health issues, Young and Older People and people who are homeless, in Edinburgh and the Lothians. We were previously part of the Places for People Group but we are now a standalone Charity. Our turnover is over £6m and we employ 276 staff.

About the vacancy

A ‘with YOU’ Board member’s role is to carry out its, “purposes, comply with law and governing document, act in with YOU’s best interests, manage with YOU’s resources responsibly, be reasonable and ensure with YOU is accountable”.

Finance is at the core of everything we do, it is, therefore, crucial that we have someone who can support and direct our financial aspirations which are exclusively for the benefit of the people we support. Spinning out from the Places for People Group now enables the Board and staff to be the decision makers of the business objectives of the Charity and significantly, our financial control.

We are Investors in People Gold standard, we have a number of accreditations and we are rated highly by our Regulators. The Board members are committed to our values, mission and vision and are very much part of shaping with YOU.

Time commitment

The time commitment is 6 meetings per annum and they take place on a Wednesday at 6pm at our Head Office.

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, Thrive Scotland

  • EmployerThrive Scotland
  • Contact: C. Ratcliff, 07976 696967
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Closing date for applications: 28 February 2019
  • Apply now

About the employer

Thrive is an international cooperation organisation which aims to help change the ways in which people in the global North and the global South see each other and hence themselves. We currently have one project, in Malawi.

Thrive unites people with complementary expertise to tackle problems, sometimes bringing into international work players who might not otherwise get involved but have something unexpected, useful and unique to contribute.

Thrive directors are 3 highly experienced aid professionals plus 1 Malawian.

Thrive and its partners promote transparency and good governance.

Thrive promotes women and girls in all its work.

Thrive people work from their laptops without the expense of running an office: we always remember that we are working to reduce poverty.

About the vacancy

Responsibilities are banking (currently 10 to 15 transactions/year), due diligence of partners, financial reports to donors (currently 6-monthly to 1 donor), preparation of annual accounts, and contributing to management discussions. This is a great role for somebody interested in being with a start-up while working with 3 highly experienced directors, who have worked in senior positions in international development for decades.

Time commitment

5% - 10% plus ideally a visit to Malawi, likely up to 2 weeks, for which we have funding.

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, 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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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.

Pro Bono Accountant (Senegal), Accounting for International Development


About the employer

Accounting for International Development (AfID) offers every type of accountant, from anywhere in the world, the opportunity to use their skills to support a broad range of non-profits globally. Volunteer Assignments from 2 weeks to 12 months form part of our ongoing strategy to build the financial management capacity of organisations in more than 50 countries.

About the vacancy

Pro Bono Accountant for Global Healthcare Organisation

Unique opportunity for an adventurous accountant looking to gain international experience & build financial management capacity of this life-saving work. (Volunteer Accounting Assignment. Flights & accommodation provided, French required) Based in Senegal’s vibrant capital Dakar, this well-known global healthcare organisation has been working with governments and local partners in a number of developing countries to increase access to and lower the cost of diagnostic testing and treatment for HIV/AIDS patients and build in-country systems to provide lifesaving treatments.

Your Role

They are in the process of setting up a new country office in Senegal and are seeking an experienced yet independent and flexible pro bono accountant to establish their accounting & financial management systems, processes and controls. This will be an excellent opportunity for individuals looking to gain experience before transitioning into the not for profit sector.

You will be based in Dakar, known for its colourful markets and beautiful beaches. Additionally, in West Africa, Senegal is also known as the land of musical giants. This consulting assignment is a great opportunity for an ambitious accountant thinking about a career move to the international development sector to gain extensive experience and practical insight in just a few months.

Time commitment

2-3 months.

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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.

Volunteer (Latin Amercia), Accounting for International Development


About the employer

Accounting for International Development (AfID) offers every type of accountant, from anywhere in the world, the opportunity to use their skills to support a broad range of non-profits globally. Volunteer Assignments from 2 weeks to 12 months form part of our ongoing strategy to build the financial management capacity of organisations in more than 50 countries.

About the vacancy

Volunteer at Human Rights Org. Working across Latin America

Our partner is a Christian human rights organisation dedicated to defending and promoting justice on behalf of persons and communities living in poverty or affected by different forms of injustice in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia. The partners UK entity, currently set up as a Trust with HMRC exemption, raises money for their work in Latin America through individuals and churches.

They are looking to apply for charitable status in the UK and require assistance in preparing the paperwork required and to ensure that they meet the legal financial conditions of such status. It is anticipated that the time required from a volunteer would be a few hours a week over the next few months, but they would be keen to discuss this with interested candidates. They do not currently have an office in the UK and the work can be carried out remotely.

Time commitment

4 -10 days

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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, 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.

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, SAY Women

  • EmployerSAY Women
  • Contact: Pam Hunter, 0750 178 8149
  • Location: Glasgow
  • Closing date for applications: 31st March 2019
  • Apply now

About the employer

We are a feminist charity who support young women (16-25 yr olds) who are survivors of sexual violence and who are homeless or at risk of. Our head office is in Bell St, Glasgow and we have an accommodation unit in Shettleston. We hope to grow into other Local Authority areas. Our turnover is just under £500k and we employ 11 staff. We support around 50 young women each year. Funded by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council. Please contact if you wish more information.

About the vacancy

We are looking for women to join our fantastic charity as a board member and/or treasurer. A passion for our cause both on the feminist platform and for our service users is a must. Experience on another board is beneficial but not essential. We are a "can do", dynamic charity and board. With a relatively new chair and CEO, we have a great ethos and culture being developed. Please join us.

Time commitment

One two hour meeting every month on a Monday evening (to be expanded to every 6 weeks). One additional meeting in a subgroup once a quarter.

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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/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.

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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/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.

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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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