What is a Branch Treasurer?
There are SSAFA branches throughout the UK and overseas. These are divided into small local areas that we call divisions. Each branch has a treasurer overseeing the divisions that, in turn each have a treasurer of their own. This is a key role involving financial planning and financial administration.
Why do we need you?
We’ve been supporting the Armed Forces community for more than 130 years. One of the key ways we help people is by tapping into various sources of funding on their behalf. Monitoring and reconciling this flow of funding into and out of SSAFA accounts is important to ensure clients receive timely support and we are able to account for all charitable funds in our care.
When would you be needed and where would you be based?
As part of your local branch you might have access to an office, but many volunteers are based at home. This flexible role involves using our on-line financial management system and on-line bank accounts and so can be done when and where suits you best. You will need to attend a number of branch committee meetings each year.
What would you be doing?
• Maintaining and reconciling local bank accounts and recording transactions
• Supporting divisions to manage their local finances
• Making and recording all authorised payments
• Preparing year end accounts and financial statements including arranging an independent review
• Working with the branch secretary, advise on a local fundraising programme to cover branch running costs.
• Identify and manage the return of any surplus monies from grants as appropriate
• Providing reports to the branch committee and to SSAFA’s Central Office
• Maintaining accurate records using our on-line finance management system
• Being a positive ambassador for SSAFA remembering that anyone you meet could be a potential client, volunteer or fundraiser
What can you gain from this volunteering role?
• Gain experience of holding a responsible role in a well-respected charity
• Use your skills, knowledge and life experience to benefit others
• Support and friendship from your local SSAFA branch and the wider SSAFA community
• Experience, training and skills that you can highlight on your CV and in job interviews
• Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses
• Better physical and mental health – studies show that volunteers live longer and experience lower levels of stress and depression!
How to apply?
For application purposes, the first step is to fill out a very short contact from to express your interest.
SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, is a UK charity that provides lifelong support to serving men and women and veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families or dependents. Anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force and their families, both regulars and reserves, is eligible for their help.
Experience required: • Friendly & approachable people with some experience of financial administration
• good written and spoken English
• ability to be respectful and non-judgemental
• ability to send and receive emails
• willingness to use our on-line banking and on-line finance management system
• reliable attitude; contact volunteers promptly, keep appointments etc
• ability to maintain confidentiality and keep information safely
• ability to provide two referees
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We pay public Transport rates and 45 p per mile in a car, volunteers can be reimbursed as and when they put their expenses in.
Training details: • Support from the branch Chair and the Finance team based as our central office • On-line training modules to complete at home, so you are up to date on how to keep clients, their families and personal information safe • Access to a range of e-learning courses • Support from the Volunteer Support Manager and the Volunteer Support Team based at our central office
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