Play Midlothian

Charity registered in Scotland SC025474

Play Midlothian wants a world in which every child can exercise their right to play and access quality play opportunities, within their community, that meets their play needs and support the child to flourish. Play Midlothian’s mission is to strongly influence, support and promote play and the child’s right to play in Midlothian – and when relevant beyond. Play Midlothian works towards its mission through building the capacity of play providers, improving quality of play opportunities, advocating for play, increasing understanding of play and providing services for children were gaps in provision exist.


Current opportunities

All trustees collectively have responsibility for Play Midlothian, with day to day management delegated to staff. The legal responsibilities for each trustee, under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act (2005), are to: 1. Act in the interest of the charity: Trustees should put the interests of their charity before their own interests or those of any other person or organisation. 2. Operate in a manner consistent with the charity’s purposes 3. Act with due care and diligence 4. Ensure that the charity complies with the provisions of the 2005 Act and other relevant legislation. Play Midlothian has identified the key responsibilities of its trustees as: - To contribute to setting the vision and overall strategic direction for the organisation - To ensure good financial planning, agreeing the income generation strategy and budgets - To ensure that income and expenditure levels are regularly compared to agreed budgets and that variances are identified and explained - To manage, safeguard and protect the assets and resources of Play Midlothian and ensure that they are used only for the purposes set out in Play Midlothian’s governing document - To oversee the development and delivery of Play Midlothian’s business plan, including monitoring and reviewing progress against agreed activities and outcomes - To promote a culture of evaluation and learning within Play Midlothian and with its stakeholders - To manage and safeguard the reputation of Play Midlothian and oversee the strategy for external and stakeholder relations - To ensure that Play Midlothian adheres to its own values, particularly in relation to service users, volunteers, staff and other stakeholders - To ensure a commitment to equalities throughout the policy and practice of Play Midlothian Financial administration is carried out by the staff team. The Treasurer plays a watchdog role, advising staff and the other trustees, including: - Maintaining an overview of the organisation’s financial affairs - Helping to identify risks - Ensuring proper financial controls are in place - Ensuring appropriate investment policies are in place - Ensuring that the annual accounts are prepared in accordance with regulations - Reporting on the annual accounts to the AGM - Acting as a counter-signatory for payments - Carrying out once per month sampling of the books

All trustees collectively have responsibility for Play Midlothian, with day to day management delegated to staff. The legal responsibilities for each trustee, under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act (2005), are to: · Act in the interest of the charity: Trustees should put the interests of their charity before their own interests or those of any other person or organisation. · Operate in a manner consistent with the charity’s purposes · Act with due care and diligence · Ensure that the charity complies with the provisions of the 2005 Act and other relevant legislation. Play Midlothian has identified the key responsibilities of its trustees as: · To contribute to setting the vision and overall strategic direction for the organisation · To ensure good financial planning, agreeing the income generation strategy and budgets · To ensure that income and expenditure levels are regularly compared to agreed budgets and that variances are identified and explained · To manage, safeguard and protect the assets and resources of Play Midlothian and ensure that they are used only for the purposes set out in Play Midlothian’s governing document · To oversee the development and delivery of Play Midlothian’s business plan, including monitoring and reviewing progress against agreed activities and outcomes · To promote a culture of evaluation and learning within Play Midlothian and with its stakeholders · To manage and safeguard the reputation of Play Midlothian and oversee the strategy for external and stakeholder relations · To ensure that Play Midlothian adheres to its own values, particularly in relation to service users, volunteers, staff and other stakeholders · To ensure a commitment to equalities throughout the policy and practice of Play Midlothian

We have the opportunity to raise much needed funds for our charitable work with children, through bag-packing at ASDA. This is a great chance for volunteers to try out fundraising and help a local charity. For four hours one afternoon you will offer to pack bags for ASDA customers, as part of a team covering several till-points. You will stand at one till-point and will be responsible for a donations tin that customers can pop some change into, to thank you for the bag-packing. These funds will support Play Midlothian’s services for children and families. If you’d like to find out more about the services these funds will support, please visit www.playmidlothian.org.uk. Only four hours of your time could raise hundreds of ponds for charity. You will receive guidance on your role. Someone from Play Midlothian will be there at the start, to welcome you and handover your tin, and at the end to thank you and collect the tin. Your support will be much appreciated!