Stay well in the festive period

by Jayne Hill, CABA

Jayne Hill of CABA writes about how to stay well during the festive period and highlights how volunteering can help with your mental health. Whatever you have planned for the festive season, there’s no doubt that this can be a busy time of year. It’s important to take extra care of your emotional and physical wellbeing so here are some tips from the experts at CABA for staying well through the ...

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Confessions of a new trustee

by Lynn Cadman

Trustees’ Week 2018 is taking place 12 – 16 November and is a chance to celebrate all things trustee-related: championing existing trustees, inspiring new ones and informing people from all walks of life about using their skills and experience to support good causes. So what better opportunity to reflect on my own experience of joining a board this year? Here are my ‘confessions’ of a new trust...

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Being a Charity Trustee - Busting the Myths

by Lynn Cadman

As Trustees' Week 2018 begins we thought we’d correct a few of the myths surrounding trusteeship… Myth no.1: Trusteeship is only for people in senior professional roles or who are retired Ok so it’s correct that the average trustee is aged 60-62 and that 60% of trustees have a professional qualification (according to Taken on Trust (2017)). However, that doesn’t mean that trusteeship is only op...

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Changes to the ICAEW Charity & Voluntary Community

by Gillian McKay

Head of Charity & Voluntary for ICAEW, Gillian McKay, tells us about the changes coming up for the ICAEW Charity & Voluntary Sector Community and her thoughts on challenges for the sector. What changes are happening to the Charity & Voluntary Sector Community? From January the existing Charity & Voluntary Sector Community will split into two groups: the Charity Finance Professionals Community a...

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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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