About the organisation
The Care Rights Project provides free advice and advocacy for migrants with no recourse to public funds who also have care needs. The Care Act 2014 enables local councils to provide social care, which can include financial support and accommodation, to adults who have care needs, even if they have no recourse to public funds or no leave to remain. We work directly with people who need to access support, and we also assist other organisations by sharing information and providing advice on particular cases.
The Care Rights Project was established in 2021. We employ one part-time staff member and therefore have quite limited capacity. However, as a new charity we are looking for opportunities to grow and develop, there would be plenty of scope for Trustees to help shape the future of the Project.
About the role
We are looking for a volunteer to join our Trustee board and to take on the role of Treasurer. You would be responsible for managing our finances and ensuring good governance as well was being involved in growing and developing the organisation. This would involve a time commitment of approximately half a day a month, including a board meeting which would normally be scheduled for a weekday evening and be held remotely.
- Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
- Ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document to ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives
- Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation.
- Provide advice, support and expertise in relation to the management of our finances
- To ensure that the board receives appropriate budgetary and financial information on the activities of the charity including annual accounts
- To ensure that all accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and the relevant statutory bodies
- Set overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
- Take collective responsibility for the actions of the organisation and other Trustees.
- Ensure the effective and efficient administration and financial stability of the organisation.
- Attend meetings, reading all relevant papers in advance, and use relevant knowledge or experience to provide advice and guidance and help the Board to reach sound decisions.
- Participate in other tasks as arise from time to time, such as interviewing new staff, helping with fundraising.
- Keep informed about the activities of the organisation and wider issues which affect its work.
Our ideal candidate
We are looking for a Trustee with a background in acountancy and the necessary qualifications and/or experience to take on the role of Treasurer. We would especially welcome those with lived experience of no recourse to public funds and/or accessing local authority social care.
In addition to the above, candidates must have:
- Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgment.
- Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
- Demonstrable commitment to migrants’ rights
- Personal and professional integrity
- Ability to commit time to conduct the role well, including attending meetings and events outside of normal office hours
- Strategic vision
- Strong interpersonal and relationship building abilities
What’s in it for you
You will be part of a small, friendly and motivated team working to support some of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of society.
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