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ICAS Foundation

Volunteer roles

Since 2012, the ICAS Foundation has supported young people from disadvantaged communities to study accounting and finance at undergraduate degree level. If you're a CA, you can get involved as a volunteer with the ICAS Foundation programme by mentoring a university student studying accountancy or finance who is enrolled on our programme.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

Yes

Overseas options

No

The Charity Commission

Volunteer training

The Charity Commission register and regulate charities in England and Wales, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence. They provide tools to look up details on charities plus provide a number of ‘5-minute guides’ for charity trustees such as 'managing charity finances'.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

Volunteering Matters

Volunteer roles / Volunteer training

Volunteering Matters run a wide range of volunteering projects across England, Scotland and Wales. Whether it’s matching volunteer mentors with young people leaving care, or supporting committed volunteers over 50 to run their own projects.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

Yes

Overseas options

Yes

Honorary Treasurers Forum

Volunteer roles / Volunteer training

The Honorary Treasurers Forum was formed in 2004 to provide a source of information, research and knowledge for the Treasurers of charities large and small. The Forum holds events across the year with an opportunity to network with other members, corporate members and our sponsors. There is also an active WhatsApp group where you can raise questions for advice!!

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

Do IT

Volunteer roles

Do IT provides a directory of voluntary opportunities in the UK. In their database you can select which skills you have to offer (Governance/Leadership) and other filters such as Geography to help you find a suitable role.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

Yes

Mentoring roles

Yes

Overseas options

No

Reach Volunteering

Volunteer roles

Reach focuses on skills-based volunteers with 3 or more years’ professional experience. Opportunities range from trustee roles, committee members or short-term projects. Join the community by creating a profile and search available opportunities.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

Yes

Mentoring roles

Yes

Overseas options

No

CharityJob

Volunteer roles / Volunteer training

CharityJob offers opportunities for those seeking paid or voluntary roles in the non-profit sector. There is a specific page for Volunteering roles where you can search by keywords and geography (eg Finance / Trustees / Governance).

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

Yes

Mentoring roles

Yes

Overseas options

No

The Fore

Volunteer roles

The Fore supports small charities providing crucial support in their communities yet often overlooked for funding. Its skilled volunteering platform advertises small charities seeking support. Search Finance, Strategy & Business planning or Trusteeship.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

Getting On Board

Volunteer training

Getting On Board aims to improve the diversity of trustee boards. They offer guides to finding your first role, workshops, webinars and bespoke support. They also offer a Future Trustees training programme.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

Young Trustees Movement

Volunteer roles / Volunteer training

Less than 3% of Trustees are under 30 — the Young Trustees Movement aims to address this. The YTM offers opportunities, a blog, podcast and networking events to inspire and support young people to become trustees.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

Goodmoves

Volunteer roles / Volunteer training

Goodmoves is focused on non-profit roles in Scotland. They have a dedicated section for Volunteering with roles including Trustees, Treasurers, Assistant Treasurers and Book-keepers. Training programmes also available.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

Yes

Mentoring roles

Yes

Overseas options

No

Accounting for International Development

Volunteer roles

AfID offers pro-bono assignments for accountants overseas and some trustee roles in the UK. Check out their case studies to get an idea of the difference you can make whether you have 3 weeks or 3 months.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

Yes

Moving Worlds

Volunteer roles

Moving Worlds promotes ‘Experteering’ — combining volunteering and expertise — to transfer skills to local communities working to solve real problems. Select Accounting as a skill and browse opportunities by country.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

Yes

ICAS Members Directory

Volunteer roles

ICAS has a page where you can search volunteering opportunities for CAs. Their forte is mentoring — you can mentor other accountants, ICAS Foundation students from disadvantaged communities or small businesses needing support.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

Yes

Overseas options

No

ICAEW Volunteers

Volunteer roles / Volunteer training

ICAEW have a good volunteering page which includes a vacancy board for trustee and committee member roles. You can also join the ICAEW volunteering community which provides various benefits. Non-ICAEW members can also join for a fee.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

Yes

Mentoring roles

Yes

Overseas options

No

Pilotlight

Volunteer roles

Pilotlight supports other charities by matching them with skilled volunteers — Pilotlighters. As a Pilotlighter you join a team of other senior leaders to coach a charity through the strategic challenges they face and learn whilst you are doing it!

Leadership experience needed

Yes

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

Nu Role

Volunteer roles

Nurole aims to improve the diversity of boards, including non-profits, across the world. You need to request an invite to join — members should have leadership experience that has readied them for a board-level position.

Leadership experience needed

Yes

School Governor roles

Yes

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

Yes

Trustees Unlimited

Volunteer roles / Volunteer training

Trustees Unlimited believe good governance strengthens society. Register for opportunities, newsletters and events. They also offer training programmes — Step on Board and Thrive on Board — to enhance your impact as a new trustee.

Leadership experience needed

Yes

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

MCR Pathways

Volunteer roles

MCR Pathways is a Scottish charity whose vision is that all young people get the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances. They run a nationwide mentoring programme which provides disadvantaged young people with a mentor.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

Yes

Overseas options

No

Women on Boards

Volunteer roles / Volunteer training

Women on Boards aims to help women make the right connections and career choices to taken on a board role, including in the non-profit sector. Their support ranges from interviewing, training, networking and an impressive vacancy board.

Leadership experience needed

Yes

School Governor roles

Yes

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

NCVO KnowHow

Volunteer training

NCVO provides practical resources to support non-profits with the running of their organisations. Their Knowledgebank is a treasure trove of info including How To Guides and the Studyzone offers free E-learning and online courses.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

Charity Finance Group

Volunteer training

Charity Finance Group run a wide range of events and training courses, very relevant for Charterpath volunteers. Prices vary but CFG members benefit from discounts.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

Third Sector

Volunteer roles / Volunteer training

Third Sector is the UK’s leading publication for non-profit sector news through their website, podcast, magazine and events. They also advertise opportunities — these are mostly for full-time roles rather than volunters.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

Cause 4

Volunteer training

Cause4 aims to help charities ‘achieve more and better’. They offer a variety of training from Power Hours to e-learning and governance reviews. The Trustee Leadership Programme and Emerging Chairs Programme are particularly worthwhile.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

Association of Chairs

Volunteer training

The Association of Chairs offers support and networking for chairs of non-profits. Their practical guide ‘A Chair's Compass’ focuses on the challenges and opportunities of being a Chair and how to succeed in the role.

Leadership experience needed

Yes

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

The Directory of Social Change

Volunteer training

The DSC aims to support charities in everything they do. They provide training, publications, research, conferences and lots of free resources including top tips and best-practice articles. We recommend their Charity Treasurer's Handbook.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

No

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

National Governance Association

Volunteer training

The NGA is a one-stop shop for school governors and trustees. It aims to increase the effectiveness of boards by providing guidance, professional development and e-learning. There is also a Young Governors network for the under 40s.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

Yes

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

Inspiring Governance

Volunteer roles / Volunteer training

Inspiring Governance believes better governors make schools successful for everyone. You can sign up to become a governor and access a wealth of resources.

Leadership experience needed

No

School Governor roles

Yes

Mentoring roles

No

Overseas options

No

Governors for Schools

Volunteer roles / Volunteer training