Case study: Accountants as school governors - how your expertise can help

by Sam Butler

All businesses need accountants – and that includes schools. From financial planning, to scrutinising budgets, to holding senior leadership to account, schools rely on their governing body. School governors are the largest volunteer force in education, but thousands of primary and secondary schools across the country need volunteers to bring their skills to a governing board. Sam Butler is an a...

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Case study: Insight into life as a charity trustee

by Mary Hardy

I volunteer as a Trustee for CABA, the charity that supports the wellbeing of past and present ICAEW members and their families, and which partners with ICAEW to provide I also chair CABA’s Audit and Risk Committee (ARC). Preparing and attending board and committee meetings are a crucial part of my role, as well as balancing the current demands on the organisation with ...

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Case study: Volunteering with the Salvation Army

by Poppy Bragg

Joe Ryan has been a chartered accountant with ICAEW since 1974. After a 35 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, of which the last 24 years were as a partner, Joe retired and took up a number of non-executive roles. Here he tells us about his new volunteer role. Where are you volunteering? I’ve just started a role with the Salvation Army a charity that does great work. Before starting I knew...

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Volunteering for all – whoever you are there’s a volunteering opportunity out there for you

by Lynn Cadman

The theme of Volunteers Week 2018 is ‘Volunteering for All’ – a great reminder that whoever you are, there’s a volunteering opportunity out there that’s just right for you. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking… Become a charity trustee or treasurer: many of the vacancies advertised on are for board members with finance skills. A charity may be looking specifically fo...

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Volunteers Week 2018 - take a look at some stats about volunteering

by Lynn Cadman

​As we celebrate Volunteers Week 2018 we look at some of the stats relating to volunteering… £22.6bn - the estimated value of the contribution volunteers make to helping UK charities – that’s 1.2% of GDP! 19.8m – the number of people in the UK (37%) who volunteered formally at least once in 2016/17. 11.9m - the number of people in the UK (22%) who volunteered formally at least once a month duri...

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Board diversity – why does it matter

by Lynn Cadman and Christel Hawkins

Getting the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience on your board can give your organisation the greatest chance of success. Diversity on a board means that a variety of individuals with different characteristics, backgrounds and ways of thinking come together to think about, discuss and make decision about the management of their organisation. A diversity on your board will bring a great...

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CC20 – Charities and Fundraising: a guide to trustee responsibilities

by Dan Fletcher

CC20 – Charities and Fundraising: a guide to trustee responsibilities is the Charity Commission’s guidance for trustees on fundraising. It was in part driven by the fundraising crises of 2015 and perceived weaknesses in charity governance. The guide states explicitly that trustees can not delegate ultimate legal responsibility for fundraising to executive staff. While it encourages trustees to ...

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Navigating a Landscape of Change

by Lynn Cadman

I’ve been a trustee of a small charity for 11 years. Our one employee retired 18 months ago after 20 years in the role. We’ve just appointed a replacement on a part-time basis – to reduce costs and encourage our beneficiaries to use their talents to serve the organisation. Change is on its way, and this is how we’ll navigate it. Brace yourself to ride the wave Whether we’re actively looking for...

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Get Ahead by Volunteering - What am I getting into?

by Katie Horne

Starting a new voluntary role can be just as daunting as starting a new job. You ask yourself questions like how will I fit into the team? And will this be more of an undertaking than I first thought? In order to combat these worries before you accept a voluntary role you should make sure you and the organisation are on the same page with regards to the role profile and level of commitment expe...

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The benefits of volunteering in later life

by Samantha Brown

Many of the messages we typically encounter in the media about older people in society focus on problems like social isolation, the lack of intellectual stimulation and the loss of purpose and identity. These factors all have a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of older people. The good news is that there is a simple, yet effective way to reverse these trends - volunteering. In the 'V...

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