Treasurer wanted

Richmond Carers Centre is seeking to recruit a treasurer to join a board of 8 trustees to replace the current treasurer who is moving away.

As Treasurer, you will be part of a group leading and governing Richmond Carers Centre, ensuring we comply with our legal obligations as a charity, meet our aims and objectives, and delivering high quality services to local unpaid carers.

The Treasurer oversees the financial affairs of the charity. The main responsibilities of the post include the preparation and review of income and expenditure budgets, preparation of quarterly income and expenditure reports for the board based upon the information prepared by external bookkeeper and supervision of the annual report and accounts which are prepared by external accountants. Responsibilities also include monitoring the Richmond Carers Centre’s liquidity and investments. The post holder would be expected to attend and contribute more generally to trustee board meetings held around every 6 weeks at the charity’s offices although at present these meetings are held on ZOOM due to the pandemic.

Richmond Carers Centre is an award winning and forward-looking registered charity that provides information, advice and emotional support to adult and young unpaid carers in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames. For adult carers registering with Richmond Carers Centre, further services include information updates by email, regular activities (some online and some face-to-face) such as a book club, photography club, carers yoga and carers walks, coffee socials, and short trips such as to Kew Gardens. There is a full learning and workshops programme and a counselling service, both of which are currently online but due to resume in-person as the centre transitions back to face-to-face services. The support team is a source of listening and emotional support, with support workers helping carers to find the support they need through signposting and referrals to other services.

The Young Carers Service supports young carers aged 5-18 with advice, information and emotional support, regular after school activities and a full holiday activities programme during school breaks. It also operates a mentoring service, which can take place online, in schools or out in the community.

Established in 2002, Richmond Carers Centre has a sound financial base and most of its income comes from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and local charitable institutions. Its office is located near Twickenham Green and has a staff of 12 including a CEO. The bookkeeping arrangements and financial controls are well established and work well.

There are seven board meetings planned for 2022. If you are interested in volunteering with Richmond Carers Centre as a Treasurer, please have a look at the Treasurer role description below and contact our Chair of Trustees, Christine directly to arrange a meeting to discuss the opportunity in more detail.

Christine Hawes – Chair of the Board of Trustees Richmond Carers Centre

Telephone: 07891452177

Email: christine@solution-resources.co.uk

 

What is an unpaid carer?

An unpaid carer is someone of any age who, without payment, provides care and support to a partner, friend, relative or neighbour who could not manage without their help. This may be due to a physical or learning disability, a mental health condition, long term illness, frailty, addiction or substance misuse.

Anyone can become a carer and often carers do not realise for some time that this is what they are. Many feel they are just doing their duty as a spouse, friend or family member and no more than anyone else in their situation would do. Becoming a carer is not a choice that people make, it is the outcome of a change in circumstance, and many do not realise there is support available.

Carers UK estimates there 1 in 8 (around 6.5 million) people are carers, with 1.3 million of them providing more than 50 hours care a week and 5 million juggling care and work (https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/press-releases/facts-and-figures)

Privacy Notice

In compliance with General Data Protect Regulations, Richmond Carers Centre will only collect personal data and applicant information relevant to carry out a safe recruiting process. This means we will ask for data such as applicant’s name and contact details, education and employment history, and contact details for referees. The application pack will include an equalities monitoring form, which will be separate to the application form for statistical purposes only. Applicant’s information will not be shared with a 3rd party unless required to do so by law. Please note that at the shortlisting stage copies of this application will be sent to the trustee(s) assisting with recruitment. We will retain applicant’s information for the duration of the recruitment period after which unsuccessful applications will be deleted.

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