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As part of our Specialist Volunteer Network, you can provide vital assistance to hundreds of charities helping Scotland’s vulnerable and disadvantaged people, and hone your own professional skills and experience.  Join our network of over 500 professionals who each want to make a difference by giving their time and expertise. Whether you want to become a board member or offer time in your area of expertise, get in touch.

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Current Specialist Volunteer trustee opportunities

Charity trustees are some of the most important people in a charity.

The bottom line is, good governance led by a charity’s board is no longer an optional extra. It’s essential to charities’ effectiveness and probably their survival too. Charities need to be able to demonstrate that they take it seriously, allowing it to change the way they operate.

Source: Charity Commission 2018

Charities need a wide range of skills from their trustees, to understand and address the many challenges charities can face. They need trustee boards that can challenge one another and the status quo, that bring different experiences, knowledge and ideas, but that are able to work consistently and enthusiastically as a team.

If you are interested in any of the opportunities below please get in touch with me at elaine@inspiringscotland.org.uk in the first instance.

Edinburgh

  •  Carr Gomm –At Carr Gomm the Trustees play an important and valuable role in helping them work towards their vision for a society where everyone should have the support they need to make choices and control their lives as citizens. They are looking for Trustees to join their Board, and would welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds who are energetic and passionate, and share their values and person-centred approach to supporting people with a variety of needs to lead their lives safely and do the things they want to do. In particular they are looking for people with  Health & Social Care awareness or experience  and in addition people with accountancy or finance skills.
  • Empty Kitchens, Full HeartsLeith based volunteer movement responding to the COVID-19 crisis, they take food donations and convert them into breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. Community volunteers then package these meals into ‘day packs’ for delivery across Edinburgh. Each and every meal is provided free of charge. Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts are seeking a Chair who can dedicate one or two days per month. The Board meets four to six times a year and you may be required to attend ad hoc Board meetings should the need arise. Since April 2020, they’ve provided over a million meals free of charge!
  • Sandy’s Community Centre(website coming soon) – Based in Craigmillar, Sandy’s provides essential community support, including food and toiletry distribution, lunches for senior citizens, cooking classes, parent/toddler and kids’ clubs, after school clubs, fitness and boxing training, football etc. Wherever possible, Sandy’s ensures that children are fed, stimulated and that parents can gain skills to help themselves and their families. Sandy’s Board is in need of some new members, who can bring skills and experience in key areas, to reinforce the Board and to set the foundations for stronger governance. In particular, Sandy’s Board wishes to recruit people with skills in finance and accountancy, employment and HR, and strategic/business planning who are willing to get actively engaged in getting the Centre on a more sustainable, viable and successful future.
  • Pilton Youth & Children’s Project – Celebrating nearly 25 years working in Pilton https://heartofnewhaven.co.uk/and with roots back in the local community to the early 1980’s PYCP offers open access clubs and groups, focussed intensive support and group work to children and young people age 5 – 18 years in an area of multiple deprivation. Curently they are looking for trustees with any of the following skill sets: accounting/financial, or HR, or fundraising, or marketing & advertising. They are looking for people who are dedicated and enthusiastic about supporting local children and young people.
  • Home-Start Leith &North East Edinburgh – HSLNEE is a small, North East Edinburgh charity, which has been supporting families with young children since 1986. The goal they work towards is that: Every family has the support they need, to give their children the best possible start in life, so they are able to take up and benefit from the opportunities available to them. They want their board to be as diverse as the families they work with and would  welcome applications from people with lived experience of family issues locally.  They’d encourage applicants from BAME backgrounds, people who identify as disabled, and people from the LGBTQ+ community. They would also particularly like to hear from anyone with  previous experience and skills in HR and/or finance.
  • Shakti Women’s Aid – Shakti Women’s Aid helps BME women, children, and young people experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse from a partner, ex-partner, and/ or other members of the household. They also work closely with the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, NHS Scotland, and other statutory and voluntary services. They provide training and consultancy for agencies working with BME women, children, and young people and have outreach staff  in Dundee, Stirling and Fife. As a Women’s Aid charity the Board reflects the service users and as such is all female. An opportunity has arisen to join their Board and a female candidate with financial experience is sought.

Glasgow

  • Fuse Youth Cafe – is a charity working in East Glasgow providing a variety of services to young people of the area; including, offering a safe place with a cafĂ© area, gig space, annexe and internet cafĂ©. The area has a high level of deprivation and the young people face the risks and challenges associated with areas of high deprivation. The Board is seeking a professional in the area of finance, business or accounting who would have the skills to help report on the financial position of the charity. As well as providing valuable advice in terms of risk, business planning and enterprise developments going forward.
  • Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid – Would you like the opportunity to be involved in a project which helps to make a difference to women, children and young people who have experienced Domestic Abuse, Honour Based Abuse or Forced Marriage? They would invite applications from women who have a feminist perspective with knowledge and understanding of Violence Against Women and have experience in one or more of the following fields: organisational governance, HR, Employment Law, finance management, health and social care.
  • Values Into Action Scotland – Glasgow based, VIAS, believe in a Scotland where people with learning disabilities or autism have the same opportunities as everyone else and are supported to achieve these goals, whether to work, live where they want or to have a relationship. They are currently seeking a trustee with social media skills.
  • The Sound Lab – is a registered Scottish charity helping young people and other groups to fulfil their potential through free music, media, digital and arts tuition. They are currently seeking a trustee with financial and accounting skills; and a Secretary with excellent written communication skills. Board or trustee experience desirable, but not essential.
  • Glasgow Film Theatre – Award winning Glasgow Film is Scotland’s original independent cinema. Glasgow Film is a national centre for film and moving image media where audiences and filmmakers experience and debate cultural practice and ideas through diverse, unique and quality programmes that transform the way people see the world, through film. They have a number of vacancies and are keen to hear from candidates with experience in the following areas HR/Legal/EDI/Digital and Data.
  • Home-Start Glasgow South – Home-Start Glasgow South supports parents to engage positively with their children when they are struggling to cope with many different challenges and issues. Due to expansion over the last couple of years they are looking for dynamic individuals to join their Board of Trustees. Currently they are looking to recruit Trustees with expertise and knowledge in; Charity or Contract Law, HR, Technology and Social Media, and finance.
  • First Tier – First Tier provides trauma informed support to survivors of sexual abuse, childhood abuse and complex trauma who are experiencing struggles with their mental health and/or have learning support needs. They aspire to break the cycle of trauma, abuse and offending behaviour. They are looking to grow their Board and would be like to hear from people who are experienced trustees or looking for their first trustee opportunity. No specific skills sets asked for just a passion to make a difference.
  • Moira Anderson Foundation – The Moira Anderson Foundation offers individual care and support to survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and their families and seeks to lessen the impact of trauma in their lives. They raise awareness of Childhood Sexual Abuse in society, build trust with survivors and offer a range of therapeutic services in a safe and caring  environment. Currently they have a Board vacancy for an individual with clinical experience to keep them informed of new and emerging practices. And also an individual with a background in finance.

Other locations

  • The Usual Place – Based in Dumfries, The Usual Place opened its doors in 2013. The social enterprise was to work as a community cafĂ© which would provide training, education and employability skills for young people with additional support needs, who were previously invisible, excluded, at risk of isolation and loneliness and importantly, unable to fulfil their potential as valuable, active citizens contributing positively to their communities. They focus on the promotion of the innate talents and capabilities of young people, enabling and empowering them to flourish, and challenging the established stereotype of young people with learning disabilities.  The Usual Place is an award-winning organisation, World Host Destination and a Disability Confident Leader. Currently the Board has opportunities to join the Board and in particular with finance or accountancy experience and/or knowledge of the Third Sector
  • Neighbourhood Networks Central Belt based – through local networks of mutual support, Neighbourhood Networks work with people in their neighbourhoods to deliver the support they require to live independently in their own homes, and to contribute to their communities. They are currently looking for a Treasurer with a financial background to join their board. They need not be qualified and will support the Finance Manager by ensuring that the overall financial obligations are met. The Charity are also looking for a Trustee with a background in Fundraising to join their board. They will act as an ambassador of the charity and contribute to the financial and strategic planning for the organisation.
  • Forth Valley Rape Crisis Centre – (FVRCC) provides specialist support for anyone, age 13+, affected by sexual violence in the Forth Valley area. FVRCC are recruiting a Treasurer to join their Board. Whether you are an experienced Treasurer or looking to take up the position for the first time, FVRCC would like to hear from you. You do not have to be a qualified accountant for the role, but an ability to read and understand financial statements and knowledge of financial risks and processes is important. For further information and the full role advert, please get in touch.
  • CREATE Paisley – formed over 11 years ago to meet the needs of local young people and with a vision of seeing young people transformed through creativity, community, confidence and finding their voice. The charity is looking a new chairperson with a passion and drive for enriching the lives of young people throughout Renfrewshire through partnering in our vision and values and offering their skills and experience. You will need to have previous management experience and be able to act as a pivot point between the board and the senior management. You will also have an understanding of the third sector and previous experience of working on a committee or boards.
  • East Ayrshire Carers Centre  – Based in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire Carers have a vision of creating a carer led service by placing carers at the heart of the organisation and ensuring the services are effective and accessible to all carers regardless of location or personal circumstances. Due to the retiral of two trustees they have vacancies to add new trustees with general business skills, this opportunity would suit those with some prior trustee experience.
  • Kairos Women+ – is a community-led, women’s space based in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. A second home for women and non-binary folk, who inspire transformational change in the lives of the women+ we work with by collaboratively creating opportunities through workshops, events, training and courses. As they move towards becoming an independent charity, they are seeking to recruit new trustees to complete our board and our skillset. Ideal candidates will have skills & experience in one or more of the following areas; Business Development, Human Resources, Legal, Finance – in particular, we are looking for a Treasurer to guide us through our first years as an independent organisation. Relevant knowledge in the following areas is desirable but not necessary: Fundraising, Political & Parliamentary.
  • Home-Start Stirling – supports families from across the local area with young children and are experiencing challenges. Home-Start Schemes are rooted in the communities they serve – managed locally but supported by the national organisation which offers direction, training, information and guidance to schemes to ensure consistent and quality support for parents and children wherever they are. They are seeking a Treasurer, skilled in finance and accounts – experience of working with local authorities and statutory health services would also be beneficial.
  • Tullochan – Tullochan delivers a wide range of youth work services to communities in West  Dunbartonshire. The quality and effectiveness of Tullochan’s work has earned considerable recognition and support. Currently they have vacancies for new trustees with leadership, and or business development and strategic planning skill sets.
  • Covey Befriending –  Do you want to have a different Board experience, working with a charity that ensures that it is about you as a person before your role? Covey wants to add to their team those who have passion and enthusiasm; able to contribute to developing and growing the organisation and giving strategic direction and focus. They are looking to add experience and knowledge to their existing established Board or 6 members in the areas of Finance, or Education and/or  Social Work.
  • Self-Directed Support Forum – Based in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire this SDS Forum is a local organisation for anyone who is thinking about directing their own support or that of someone they care for. They also support individuals and families who are already directing an existing social care package. Having recently completed a trustee skills audit the board have identified a vacancy for a trustee with business and/or finance skills.
  • Forth Valley Welcome – is a small charity that supports refugees who have been resettled in Stirling and Clackmannanshire.  They are seeking to bring extra energy and a wider perspective to the trustee group.  Looking to recruit trustees, who work well with others, and have the experience and foresight to help steer FVW. FVW trustees work always in the best interests of the charity, helping to keep the public informed of their work, helping to keep clear financial records and helping with fundraising.

Other requests

None at present

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