Volunteer Honorary Treasurer to join local Samaritans Leadership Team

Job Title: Volunteer Honorary Treasurer to join local Samaritans Leadership Team
Location: Lewisham
Salary: Volunteer Role
Reference: Volunteer Treasurer
Contact Name: Ruth Driscoll
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 12, 2018 15:14

Job Description

LGS Samaritans support our local community by working towards a world where fewer people die by suicide: 

  • Providing emotional support for people who are struggling to cope including those who have thoughts of suicide;

  • Being available 24 hours a day to over 900,000 people in the boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark and Greenwich;

  • Reaching out to high risk groups and communities to reduce the risk of suicide through our local outreach programme; and

  • Working in partnership with other organisations, agencies and experts.

We are seeking either a qualified accountant, or someone with a strong track record of working with budgets and financial accounts. You will be:

  • Proficient at Excel and comfortable with online accounting;

  • Available to attend six Leadership Team meetings per year, which alternate between evenings and weekends, and take place in our offices in New Cross, lasting around 2-3 hours;

  • Able to spend around 10 hours per month working flexibly from home and/or our offices to deliver other tasks.

  • Previous experience as a charity trustee is not required.

What the role involves

Annual budget, accounts and financial statements

  • Prepare annual accounts that meet the requirements of the Independent Examiner.

  • Prepare annual budget.

  • Oversee the preparation by our (volunteer) Book Keeper of quarterly management accounts.

Advice and support to our Leadership Team

  • Present quarterly management accounts and annual budget at Leadership Team meetings for discussion and approval.

  • Identify significant financial and other risks to Leadership Team and advise on appropriate measures to mitigate and manage these.

  • Advise on and raise other strategic financial matters in Leadership Team meetings and discussions.

Managing financial risks and assets

  • Review and update our financial controls, reserves and investments policies, and risk register once a year.

  • Present financial controls, reserves and investments policies and risk register to the Leadership Team for review and approval once a year.

  • Ensure insurance cover is adequate and renewed once a year.

Reporting to Samaritans Central Charity

  • Submit annual accounts to Samaritans Central Charity once a year.

  • Complete the New Branch Contribution form to calculate the financial contribution our branch makes to Samaritans Central Charity once a year.

  • Contribute financial content to other essential reports for Central Charity on an occasional basis.

Managing our finances

  • Work with our (volunteer) Book Keeper to ensure they process income and expenditure in line with branch policies e.g. payment of invoices, banking of cash and cheques, etc.

  • Manage our relationship with Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) bank, including acting as signatory on our bank account and supervising other signatories in line with branch policies.

  • Submit a claim to the London Borough of Lewisham for Business Rates Relief once a year.

  • Submit a claim for Gift Aid to HMRC once a year.

  • Submit a claim to Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service for our prison listening scheme once every 6 months.

  • Ensure timely payments are made to HMRC every quarter.

  • Manage our relationship with and ensure payments are made to NEST, our pension provider, for one paid member of staff, every month.

  • Arrange occasional changes to usual payroll for one paid member of staff.