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Trustee / Committee volunteer needed for Reading Refugee Support Group in RG1

Reading Refugee Support Group are seeking a volunteer to take on the role of treasurer.

Our vision is for an inclusive society where refugees and asylum seekers of all cultural backgrounds are treated with the same dignity and respect that we all enjoy; where their essential needs are met; and where they are entitled, enabled and confident to engage with and benefit from the wider community.

As well as being part of the trustee board, the treasurer will have additional responsibilities including:

  • In general – to take a lead role in overseeing the financial health of the organisation and the implementation of measures to sustain it.
  • Providing support to the Finance Officer in addressing technical accounting questions or issues that come up.
  • Liaising with the Chief Executive and Finance Officer in order to present an annual budget for the organisation to be approved by the board of trustees
  • Liaising with the Finance Officer and accountants where necessary on the preparation of the annual accounts and independent examination in preparation for a presentation at the Annual General Meeting and submission to statutory bodies.
  • Presenting management accounts to the board of trustees on a quarterly basis with a commentary on financial progress against budget and the funding position of the organisation.
  • Presenting the annual accounts to the membership at the Annual General Meeting with a commentary on the financial health of the organisation.
  • Communicating decisions that have major financial implications to trustees and providing recommendations where appropriate.
  • Ensuring that the organisation has in place financial policies and procedures that comply with best practice and the law.

Attributes Required for the Role

  • Familiarity with the process and systems involved in maintaining accounts for an organisation.
  • Financial literacy – the ability to interpret organisational accounts and other financial data.
  • Familiarity with the types of policies and procedures that are necessary to minimise financial risk within an organisation.
  • A commitment to financial probity and transparency.
  • The ability to communicate the implications of complex financial data to people who are not from a finance background.

Experience in managing accounting regimes in the world of charities would be an asset but is not essential.

Contact person firstname
Nick Harborne, CEO
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
01189 505 356
Location address line 1
1st Floor, RISC
Line 2
35-39 London Street

Wheelchair accessible?
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Near public transport?
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Wednesdays every 6 weeks at 7.30 pm
Task type?
Trustee / Committee
Will suit someone like this:
Analytical thinkingPrecise and methodical
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Is training given?
Is support given?
Description of support
From CEO and other Trustees
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Travel etc can be claimed
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
11 June 2019

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