Home-Start Arun, Worthing & Adur
We need a new Treasurer to help our Board make sound financial decisions, so our 70 volunteers can carry on supporting 200 local families every year. You would be a full member of the Board with all the normal duties of a trustee - participating in strategic discussions and overseeing the work of the staff and volunteers. In addition, we ask you to use your professional finance expertise to:
- Liaise with the manager, the bookkeeper and independent examiner.
- Monitor and advise the board on the financial viability of the charity.
- Advise on the financial implications of the charity’s strategy and business plan.
- Ensure proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are properly invested and economically spent.
- Oversees the monitoring of our financial systems (we have recently implemented QuickBooks).
Our Home-Start is an independent, local charity working across Arun, Worthing & Adur. We are members of the national Home-Start network.
We are a local family support charity with a family feel. Our trustees, staff, volunteers and friends share a passion for families and work together as one team.
Although we are a small charity, the world we operate in is complex and the issues the board faces are challenging.
That's why being a Home-Start trustee is such an important role. You will help us navigate the complexities of running a charity in today's world, while preserving the essence of what makes us special.
We are looking for someone with a finance background to help the board interpret the financial information, provide guidance on financial strategy and assure the board that the charity has the appropriate controls and systems in place. You don’t need to be a fully qualified accountant – although it would be great if you were.
You don't need to have been a trustee before - we offer training and ongoing development. What matters is your willingness to learn what it means to be a trustee and practice good governance.
We are looking for someone who can think strategically and creatively, exercise good judgement and work as team, while being willing to speak their mind. You also need to be willing to abide by the Nolan Principles of Public Life - selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. And of course, you should share our passion for families and helping parents in our communities give their children the best start in life.
- As a trustee, we offer you the chance to make a significant difference
to families in your community and feel part of something special.
- We offer tailored induction, training and ongoing development to meet your individual needs.
- And opportunities to take on responsibilities which could help your CV.
The minimum time commitment is 10 hours a month on average:
The Board meets once every two months from 6-8pm - typically on a Thursday. The meetings are in our offices in Arundel. We send papers about a week in advance to help you prepare.
You would need to liaise with the Manager and Bookkeeper at least once a month for 1-2 hours to review the monthly financial reports and circulate them to the Board; and for 3-4 hours once a year to review the budget.
In addition there are ad hoc opportunities to get involved and add value - depending on your availability.
When do I need to be available?
Where does this role take place?
5c Park Farm
Appropriate for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BME, Women only)
- Disabled Access
- Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
- Health and Safety
- Insurance Cover for Volunteers
- Suitable for 13 - 16 years
- Suitable for 16 - 18 years
- Suitable for a group of volunteers
- Support on Offer