We’re looking for an honorary treasurer to join our team of trustees

Community Action: MK is looking for an honorary treasurer to join our fantastic team of trustees.

The Honorary Treasurer:

  • Is a qualified accountant, with previous experience in a financial role of a commercial or not for profit organisation of similar or larger size than Community Action: MK
  • Has experience of corporate governance, preferably within the voluntary sector, either as a volunteer or as a member of staff, and with some experience of charity finance
  • Is skilled in presenting sometimes complex financial information to a variety of audiences in a clear and practical manner;
  • Can analyze proposals and examine their financial consequences.

The honorary treasurer has the following additional roles and responsibilities:

  • To oversee, on behalf of the Board, the long term financial management
  • To monitor the finances and to report to the Board at regular intervals on the financial health of the organisation, ensuring the organizations’ compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, including governing documents, and with good corporate governance;
  • To guide and oversee and advise the Board on the approval of budgets, accounts and published financial statements;
  • To ensure that appropriate accounting procedures, controls, and risk
  • management procedures are in place, and that financial resources are spent and invested, in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and with good corporate governance;
  • To be instrumental in the development and implementation of appropriate accounting, reserves and investment policies

In carrying out the role, the Treasurer is expected:

  • To keep the Board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities;
  • To advise the Board (and the senior management) on the financial implications of any strategic plans;
  • To assure the Board that the financial resources meet its present and future needs;
  • To understand the accounting procedures and key internal controls to be
  • able to assure the Board that financial integrity is sound;
  • To ensure that the accounts are properly audited, and to provide financial
  • expertise, as appropriate;
  • To contribute to the income generation strategy;
  • To meet the external auditors independently from the staff (as appropriate);
  • To present the accounts at general meetings, drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understood way;
  • To work in close cooperation with senior management

The Honorary Treasurer is a member of the Executive Committee. From time to time he or she may be invited to sit on recruitment or other panels.

Person specification

The annual time commitment is expected to be approximately 15 days plus
regular contact with other trustees and staff by email and telephone.

Get in touch!

Contact Laura Jeffery HR Manager at info@communityactionmk.org or register your interest on Simply Connect

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Puppy Socialiser

Medical Detection Dogs are looking for caring family homes in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas to look after and socialise puppies and young adult dogs up to 18 months old.


We are training our assistance dogs to accompany clients with detectable medical conditions and alert to oncoming episodes. If you can support our charity by being involved in socialising puppies or dogs for a period of time then we would love to hear from you.


This is a full time volunteer role as the puppy/dog will live with the volunteer for a number of months.


The volunteer will need to:
– attend regular puppy classes
– be at home most of the day
– follow positive dog training methods
– regularly visit lots of different environments and us various forms of transport
– be willing to support charity events

How to find out more: www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

Register your interest on our Simply Connect volunteering site

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: My Guide Service

An image of a My Guide volunteer with a service user.

Are you looking to directly help improve someone’s life? To support a person with sight loss to safely navigate the environment, building self-confidence and increasing social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity and promoting independence. Variable depending on individual needs; approximately 3 hours per week.

Find out more on Simple Connect, our volunteering platform: https://www.vcconnectsystem.org.uk/MiltonKeynesVMS2/VolunteerOpportunities/DetailsForSearch/3100

Is this volunteering role right for me?

You must be able to give – on average – a few hours a week, and be aged 18 years old or over. This role requires that you have an Enhanced Disclosure.

What is My Guide?

My Guide is a service we offer that allows volunteers to become sighted guides. You will undergo training and learn to safely guide someone with sight loss, navigating environments and building self-confidence – all whilst increasing social interaction with those who may not otherwise wish to leave their home. 

You can read much more about My Guide

What does sighted guiding involve?

  • Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss – you will be matched with a suitable partner.
  • Agree on when and where you will provide the sighted guide, as part of a mutually agreed activity plan.
  • You must undertake all elements of My Guide training (approximately two days).
  • Always maintain professional boundaries and adhere to safeguarding procedures.
What skills or experience are required?What training and support will I receive?
Excellent communication and interpersonal skillsSighted Guide training and certificate upon completion of training
Patience and flexibilityGuide Dogs safeguarding training
Able to undertake your role safely and effectivelyOngoing support from the My Guide team
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Volunteering opportunity of the week: MK Gallery Assistant

Gallery Assistant Volunteers are a vital part of the team working to ensure the continuing success of MK Gallery, ensuring we deliver the best quality of visitor experience to all. Gallery Assistant Volunteers work pro-actively to ensure the safety and security of the art works at all times. 

What’s involved?

  • Provide a warm welcome to all visitors
  • Invigilate the galleries to ensure the safety and security of visitors and the works on display
  • In the event of an emergency support the Fire Wardens with evacuation of the building
  • If of interest it is also possible to work with the Exhibitions team to deliver exhibition tours, spotlight stories and introductory talks. Training would be provided.

Skills description

Ideally you will enjoy talking to and working with members of the public. You may have an interest in the visual arts, music, literature, film or other art form. You will be a conscientious and reliable individual who likes to a part of a diverse and socially active team.

Benefits from this role

  • Become a valued member of a team of volunteers and professionals who are passionate about delivering a world-class arts programme in the heart of Milton Keynes
  • Enjoy the exhibition and bring a friend! Receive two complementary tickets to MK Gallery’s annual paying show and a copy of the exhibition publication
  • Be invited to private exhibition tours with artists and curators prior to opening new exhibitions
  • Develop new skills or build upon existing customer service and communication skills
  • Gain experience volunteering in a gallery environment and learn about how we run our exhibitions and events
  • Enjoy a 30% discount off of food and beverages at the MK Gallery Café Bar

MK Gallery aims to have a workforce that represents a variety of backgrounds and cultures and can provide the relevant knowledge, abilities and skills for the organisation. Anyone who meets the requirements of this volunteer role is eligible to sign up for it irrespective of age, disability, employment status, gender, health, marital status, sexual preference, membership or non-membership of a trade union, nationality, race, religion, social class or other non-job-relevant personal characteristics.

Find out more: https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/b881f42d-18f2-4e68-ad68-4a5f6f064659/1

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Bricklayer for Buckingham Canal Society

Individuals with bricklaying skills are needed to help re-build a spill weir on the disused Buckingham Canal. 

Volunteers will also be expected to support the rest of the group. 

The Society organises regular social events for helpers which includes a festival in July. 

Volunteers need to wear a hard hat which is supplied. Experienced bricklayer required.

Find out more

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Board members for The Stables Events Ltd

Come and join our award-winning team of volunteers!

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We are looking for Board members to join the Trustees of The Stables Events Ltd – the charity responsible for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and other major cultural events.

The Festival was founded in 2010 and has gone on to become a much-loved and celebrated biennial event in the UK’s cultural calendar. Transforming Milton Keynes with a world-class, multi-arts programme of extraordinary events in unusual places and public spaces, the Festival has a growing reputation for commissioning new work and presenting UK premieres.

As we approach the 2020 Festival we are looking for Trustees with particular experience in developing, directing and supporting major Festivals and events.

More information: https://stables.org/about-us/job-vacancies

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Alzheimers Society Side by Side Volunteer

Margaret, who lives with dementia, and Side by Side volunteer Alistair

Side by Side is our fun, friendly, super-flexible volunteering opportunity for someone like you to help someone with dementia. Just because a person is diagnosed with dementia, it doesn’t mean they stop wanting to take part in their favourite activities.

Our Side by Side service helps people with dementia to keep on doing the things they love and try new things – from going to the football to catching the latest movie – so they can continue to lead an independent life. 

As a Side by Side volunteer you will enable someone with dementia to be able to keep doing the things they love, to stay connected to their local community and to build the confidence to stay active and engaged in social and recreational activities. 

What is Side by Side?

A splash in the pool, a mooch around the shops, a catch-up over coffee or supporting a person with dementia to volunteer themselves. Whatever they’d like to do, together you decide where and when.

One thing you can be sure of is bringing a lot of joy into someone’s life. There are nearly 1,000 people waiting for volunteers right now, so whatever your interests we need people like you.

World of difference: The value of volunteer supportReal storiesWe speak to a Belfast man with dementia who has gained a new lease of life through our Side by Side service. 01 June 2018 0

Ways to volunteer

You can volunteer on weekdays, evenings, weekends and even over the phone. It’s a super-flexible way to give your time and it will make a difference to someone’s life.

You need to be 16 years-old or older to sign up, and we’ll provide you with all the training and support you need. Why not try one of the following?

  • Face-to-face: As a face-to-face volunteer you can go wherever your shared interests take you – whether it’s a local garden centre, museum or café! It’s up to the both of you. Meeting in-person helps build familiarity, while people with dementia can still do the things they love.
  • Telephone: You can also volunteer over the phone, either from your home or your local Alzheimer’s Society office. A friendly chat with a familiar voice can be a great source of comfort so is a great option if you’re not able to travel and meet face-to-face.
  • Hospital: By volunteering at your local hospital you will provide invaluable face-to-face support to patients with dementia during their hospital stay. Get involved Become a Side by Side volunteer today – a couple of hours a week is all it takes.

You will visit someone with dementia on a weekly or fortnightly basis and take part in activities you share an interest with them to help them to keep doing the things they love – or pick up new ones!
Find out more here or call Jane on 01296 331 722.

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