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

Honorary Treasurer, Scottish Campaign for National Parks

About the employer

We are a small charity campaigning for more National Parks in Scotland.

Our natural environment, cultural heritage and landscapes need to be secured and managed for future generations and designation of National Parks is the best way to do this. 

They bring huge economic benefits too to local communities. 

We are bottom of the international list!

About the vacancy

Our current treasurer is moving south to England. The position is important but as we only have a 120 members at most and three business members and some £10,000 in the bank at most the role, whilst crucial, is not especially time consuming. 

We have one outstanding issue which is claiming gift aid worth some £1,000 to us.

Attendance at our six weekly executive meetings will not be required although a summary of our financial position will be for each meeting.

Time Commitment

The time commitment will be small as we do not have large funds at our disposal. A few hours every month at most including a six weekly statement re funds at our disposal. This could be increased if the applicant felt confident in submitting bids for funding from other charities or the Lottery.

How to apply

Please submit applications to the Chairman; Ross Anderson by email in the first instance. 

This will be followed by a meeting at a venue suitable/convenient to both parties.

Interested in the role?

Trustee/ vice treasurer/ treasurer, Planning Democracy

About the employer

Planning Democracy is a Scottish charity that campaigns for a fair and more inclusive planning system in Scotland. Planning Democracy is undergoing an important period of organisational development. 

We are increasingly nationally recognised as an effective and well-respected organisation and have significant ambitions to build on some already considerable successes in our eight year history. Two key areas of work are our new Community Peer Support Network and our increasingly influential Equal Rights of Appeal campaign. 

In addition this year we are focussing on influencing the current Scottish Government planning reforms to ensure greater inclusiveness and equality in planning.

About the vacancy

We are looking for new board members to help us lead our organisation. Currently we have a board of seven people who meet every six weeks and oversee and carry out some of the work required to meet our aims. We have recently taken on two, part time consultants and wish to employ someone next year. 

We are looking for someone with financial skills to help our treasurer carry out the increasing workload. We also need help with setting budgets and reporting to OSCR (the charity regulator).

To view our past returns visit us online.

Time Commitment

To attend our committee meeting every six weeks in Edinburgh (or by Skype) plus roughly two days a month to do accounts and reports for the board and OSCR (charity regulator).

How to apply

You can contact us by email or call us on 0781 387 4805.  Alternatively you can fill out the online application form

Apply now

Chair & Trustees, New Lanark Trust

About the employer

New Lanark is a World Heritage Site - an authentic and enduring historic community which preserves and celebrates social and economic values that remain of global contemporary relevance. 

New Lanark Trust, an independent charity, is responsible for the restoration and regeneration of the village and for pursuing a sustainable management strategy to safeguard its future.

About the vacancy

The Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team have agreed that the following objectives are critical to that future: 

1. Safeguarding the World Heritage Site 

2. Developing capacity and governance 

3. Successful marketing 

4. Strong commerciality 

5. Engaging the community 

6. Education and access 

7. Long-term sustainability 

We wish to appoint a Chair and two additional new Trustees who are inspired by New Lanark’s unique heritage, and who have empathy with the enlightened values of our enterprising and pioneering founders, David Dale and Robert Owen. 

In addition candidates should be able to demonstrate broad experience of corporate governance, sound business understanding and the ability to think strategically.

Time commitment

As well as serving as charity Trustees, the role involves serving on the Board of Directors of one or more of the Trust’s wholly-owned subsidiary companies. 

Trustees should be able to commit to attend up to six Board meetings per year, sitting either as Trustees or Directors.

How to apply

For more information, visit Aspen People or call Catriona Mackie at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555 for a confidential discussion. 

New Lanark Trust (Registered Charity SC008552). 

Interested in the role?

Apply now

Treasurer, Grow 73

  • Employer: Grow 73 
  • Contact: Lynn Semple, 07812132971
  • Location: Glasgow
  • Closing date for applications: 28 April 2017

About the employer

We are a constituted community group looking to incorporate as a SCIO this year. Our aim is to create a more connected and resilient community in Rutherglen and to improve the local environment via shared growing activities, events and regeneration projects. We are developing a community garden and are involved in a host of other activities including school gardening clubs, social prescription, regeneration of our train station, community events etc.

About the vacancy

We are looking for someone to help us complete cash and receipt accounts for our community group for the financial year 16/17 and to help us prepare for becoming a SCIO i.e. complying with charity accounting requirements

Time Commitment

We envisage that the time commitment will be anywhere from two to six hours per month.

Board Member (Audit), ELCAP

  • Employer: ELCAP
  • ContactDanny Harvie, 01875814114
  • Location: Edinburgh (East Lothian)
  • Closing date for applications: 31 May 2017

About the employer

ELCAP is committed to promoting the rights of people with disabilities and is the preferred provider of social care to vulnerable people in East Lothian. We have almost 30 years' experience of supporting people to live the lives they want to live in their own communities. We are a market leading employer and we are Recognised for Excellence by the European Foundation for Quality Management and the Care Inspectorate.

About the vacancy

We value the scrutiny and effective governance of our Board and we wish to continue to improve our governance. We seek a specialist in finance who also shares our commitment to human rights and who can support the work of our audit committee to ensure that we are using the majority of our resources effectively to provide excellent support.

Time Commitment

Our existing members of the Audit Committee meets three times each year. This would be the minimum commitment. In addition, our Board meets quarterly, our AGM happens in October/ November and we have two strategic meetings. We would be happy to support a flexible commitment to these meetings.


Please contact our Chief Executive, Danny Harvie - he will be happy to explain membership of ELCAP, membership of our Board and he can signpost other contacts in ELCAP to explain our work. We'd love to talk to you and to share our excitement about ELCAP's work.

Trustee, Life Changes Trust

About the employer

The Trust The Life Changes Trust is an independent Scottish charity, established in 2013 with a £50 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund. 

The Trust’s aim is to drive transformational and sustainable improvements in the quality of life and well-being of two key groups in Scotland: 

* People living with dementia and their carers * Care experienced young people Everything we do at the Life Changes Trust is underpinned by our commitment to improving the lives of our beneficiaries. Their needs, views and priorities are at the heart of our work. 

The Trust works closely with our beneficiaries as well as others, including service providers, policy makers and researchers to make sure that our funding and influencing activities are targeted in ways that will bring the greatest benefit to our beneficiaries.

About the vacancy

The Trust currently has 11 committed and active Trustees who bring a wide range of skills to the organisation with diverse experience in the third, public and private sectors. We now wish to recruit up to two more Trustees who bring:

  • A commitment to the vision, mission and values of the Trust
  • Appropriate generic skills as set out in our trustee job description, including understanding of charity governance or a willingness to learn and one of the following specialist skills 
  • Senior financial experience or 
  • Significant knowledge and experience of communications, influencing and PR or 
  • In depth understanding and experience of social policy and practice in Scotland. 

This is an exceptional opportunity to join a visionary charity which is committed to investing in real and sustainable improvements in the quality of life and wellbeing of people affected by dementia and care experienced young people. 

This is a voluntary role (although expenses are paid) which requires someone with the time and ability to participate effectively in both our Board and at least one of our committees (which meet quarterly in Glasgow).

Trustees are collectively responsible for the performance of the Trust overall. If you would like to discuss the role informally, please contact the Trust’s Chief Executive Maddy Halliday.

Time Commitment

Minimum of 10 days a year to attend Board and Committee meetings.


For more information on the roles of our Trustees and information on how to apply, go to our website:


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