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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 350 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 in the first instance.


  • Rural and Urban Training Scheme (RUTS) –¬†RUTS aims to equip young people with the confidence and skills required to achieve their highest potential and raise their aspirations. This is achieved through motorcycle and bicycle based programmes that are tailored to the individual needs of our clients. Currently they are looking for trustees with either a ¬†finance or marketing background.
  • Greyfriars Charteris Centre – is a¬†‚ÄėPlace for Wellbeing and Innovation‚Äô ‚Äď a building with a clear identity that is an integral part of the local community.¬† The centre is being redeveloped at the moment to run as a social enterprise with a central hub for hospitality with a small staff team and will encourage active volunteering and involvement of the local community. Currently the board is quite small and their is scope to add trustees with HR, Social Enterprise, and Finance skills and or experience of working alongside communities.
  • LAYC – Lothian Association of Youth Clubs¬†is an umbrella body for youth and children‚Äôs work in Edinburgh and Lothian, providing advice, information, support and training to member groups who directly deliver a programme of activities for children and young people in local communities.¬†The work of LAYC currently reaches 112 Member Groups involving 2196 youth and children‚Äôs work staff engaging with 22,742 children and young people. The Board is seeking a Vice Chair; this position would suit someone with an interest and/or connection to youth and children‚Äôs work in the Lothian area.
  • SS Explorer Preservation Society – The SS Explorer Preservation Society is currently looking to expand and diversify their Board of Directors. They are a small Leith based charity working to preserve the Fishery Research Ship Explorer which was operated by the Scottish Home Office between 1956 ‚Äď 1984. Their aim is to turn the ship into a museum with working machinery where possible and a shore visitor centre show casing Scottish ship building heritage, the Explorer, the marine research work carried out on board and social history of the time period.They are looking for members with experience in Finance, Legal, Project Management and Risk Management.
  • Street Fit Scotland¬†–¬†Street Fit Scotland is a Health, Fitness and well being programme aimed at socially disadvantaged adults. Their¬†programme welcomes anyone who is living in homeless hostels, temporary accommodation, bed and breakfast or vulnerably housed. They aim to reduce social isolation, improve mental health as well as address long-term physical health needs. Currently they are looking for a Chairperson and a Treasurer.


  • PEEK – A vibrant charity firmly embedded as a thought leader in the Third sector, and enhancing possibilities for children and young people in Scotland, is currently seeking an additional trustee with Legal, Governance & Risk or who comes from a Policy background. They are also keen that their Board reflects their service users of children and young people so would welcome interest from young people looking for an opportunity to get involved with shaping social impact.
  • Outside the Box –¬†Outside the Box provides independent development support to groups and people across Scotland who want to make a difference in their communities. They work on a broad range of projects¬† offering support, information, training, evaluation and advice. They are looking for people to join the board who will also give focused support to the financial aspects of delivering what they do and developing the organisation. They are setting¬† up a Finance sub-committee so a good working knowledge of accounting or finance would be desirable.
  • Home Start Glasgow South – Home-Start Glasgow South is a family support charity offering support that helps to give young children the best possible start in life. They work with families to help them overcome issues affecting their lives with a range of family support services. Issues like isolation, mental health difficulties, bereavement, family breakdown, addiction, physical ill-health and more. They are seeking a new Chair for their Board of Trustees who will provide leadership to the¬†Trustees who¬† have a broad range of skills including Law, Finance, Fundraising, HR, Social Work, Teaching, Training and Senior Management Expertise.
  • Move On –¬†Move On Scotland work with vulnerable young people and people affected by homelessness to help them unlock their untapped potential. Their¬†services enable people to develop life and employability skills, build positive social networks, grow in self-confidence, gain qualifications and sustain a job. Currently they are looking for a new Treasurer with a background in finance not necessarily an accountancy qualification. The Treasurer would be expected to provide financial oversight to the Board only, not prepare the financials.
  • Stepping Stones for Families For nearly thirty years, Stepping Stones for Families had worked alongside children, young people and families to give them support, opportunities and a voice in tackling the effects of poverty and disadvantage in their lives. They will have three board roles available in early 2020 due to existing trustees rotating off the board at the end of their term. At the moment they are looking for a Treasurer to review the charity’s financials and present to fellow trustees at the board meetings.
  • Baltic Street Adventure Playground¬†–¬†Baltic Street is a Charity , which exists to provide and sustain an environment in which children are supported and enabled to act on their right to play in the fullest possible way, throughout their childhood. It aims to address the whole child as a part of the community they are growing up in, and actively support and nurture physical as well as social, emotional and developmental well-being. Our child-led approach puts children at the heart of decision-making, growing their confidence, capacity for independent action and ability to affect change. The team are looking to augment their board with new trustees with a business background¬† and who want to get involved in adventure play.
  • STAF – Staf aim to hear, reflect and act on the voice of young people leaving care. By doing so, they create a care system that prioritises what is important to care-experienced young people.The voice of young people feeds into all of their events, learning and development opportunities and policy influence. Currently they are looking to expand their board and diversify the skill set of the board through adding individuals with experience in HR, Finance or working with public bodies.
  • The Articulate Cultural Trust –¬† The Articulate Cultural Trust (ACT) is recruiting Trustees with public, private or not-for-profit experience who have a passion for the values of this new charity and a real will to support better long-term access to the arts for marginalised young people. They aim to establish arts facilities and services run with, by and for care experienced young people and other marginalised members of society, initially in the west of Scotland, particularly in support of access to and participation in the arts in order that they benefit creatively, socially, educationally, therapeutically and economically from their own innate talents, aspirations and resilience. Trustees with diverse business skills would be welcomed.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • SeAscape –¬†SeAscape, a charitable organisation based in Ayr, currently specialises in the delivery of Housing Support Services and works in partnership with statutory agencies and other 3rd sector providers to support some of the most vulnerable people in their community. They¬†also seek to influence local and national policy and practice. Currently they have vacancies for people with experience or knowledge of one or more of the following areas; Homelessness, poverty and social enterprise, business sustainability, finance, HR and fundraising.
  • Larkhall + District Volunteer Group –¬†Larkhall + District Volunteer Group is a trusted local organisation which works to promote the wellbeing of the community in Lanarkshire by reducing physical and social isolation whilst increasing health and wellbeing. They have a clear vision and an ambitious strategic plan covering the next three years and are¬†looking for enthusiastic, community-minded and experienced individuals to fulfil this vision. In particular experience of fundraising, marketing, commercial operations, HR, finance and digital skills would be useful.
  • 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.
  • The Food Train – Located in Dumfries,¬†Food Train is an award winning charity providing practical support services helping older people to live more independently at home. They are¬†a growing charity seeking new areas of Scotland (and the rest of the UK) to set up support for older people.¬†¬†To help them achieve their objectives they are looking for people who are passionate about supporting older people to live well to join their Board of Directors. Currently they are looking to¬†appoint a Director with knowledge of¬† fund-raising and/or¬† legal expertise.
  • Encompass Borders –¬† Encompass is a membership organisation.¬†¬†Membership is open to individuals who support the aims of the organisation which are: 1) to provide a support service to people who are in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability or other disadvantage so that they have more choice, flexibility and control of their own care. And 2) to advance education through the development of individual capabilities, skills and understanding.Membership of the company is open to anyone with an interest in the charity’s aims. The members elect a Board, of whom 50 per cent will either be in receipt of a Direct Payment or an unpaid carer. Currently they are looking for a Treasurer to monitor the the financial administration of the charity.
  • Scottish Older People’s Assembly – With meetings alternating between Edinburgh and Glasgow SOPA¬†exists to give a strong voice to older people about their experience of life in Scotland, their challenges and concerns, and to celebrate the positive contribution that older people make to society. SOPA engages with older people across Scotland through outreach meetings and its links with member organisations. SOPA participates in national policy forums and events as well as organising its own Assembly and annual Reception. SOPA is currently working to develop digital engagement to extend their reach further. Currently they are particularly interested in hearing from people with experience in finance, fundraising and political engagement.

Other requests

None at present

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