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UK Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Qualify?
You will also need to tick one of these: Please note it is not essential to be a qualified accountant
  • 3 to 5+ or more years relevant accounting experience
  • Membership or affiliation to a UK or overseas  accounting institute e.g. ICAEW, ICAS, ACCA, CIPFA, CIMA, 
  • Part-Qualified or AAT Accounting Technician with 5 or more years relevant work experience
  • You will need to provide evidence of your qualifications, accounting experience i.e. references, as part of the registration process 
  • If you are still unsure, please drop us a line as we are happy to answer any questions. 
What will I be doing?
Each assignment will vary from charity to charity but typical areas of focus are listed below:
  • Organisational needs assessment & Internal audit 
  • Understanding financial statements
  • Bookkeeping and cash management 
  • Income & Expenditure budgets 
  • Creating, Monitoring & Evaluating budgets 
  • Cash flow forecasting
  • Debt & credit management and control
  • Internal controls and financial procedures 
  • Management information systems 
  • Financing 
  • External audit preparation 
  • Risk management
  • Interim position and providing handovers to new members of staff
  • Trustee & Treasurer positions
  • Remote consultation
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for UK volunteering. Partner organisations will provide a per diem to cover associated expenses.
How can I get involved?
If you would like to volunteer in the UK, please email info@afid.org.uk. We will then get back to you and arrange a convenient time to call.

We will ask you to complete a UK registration form, which covers your personal details, professional qualifications & skills, work & travel experience, employment references & CV. This information will help us find the right assignments to fit you. Once registration is complete we will begin to provide you with new opportunities to consider as and when they arise. 
What is available now?
Our UK opportunities are displayed within the Top Opportunities. If there doesn’t appear to be a role in your region, please get in touch and let us try and find a role for you. 
 
Trustees & Treasurers
Many of our charity partners are seeking trustees and treasurers and would love to secure the services of an accountant to take on this very rewarding role. If you would like to become a trustee or a treasurer, check out our UK volunteer opportunities.
 
Why become a trustee or a treasurer? 
Being a trustee is a rewardable and enjoyable way to be involved in a charity, build on your experience of strategy and management, or find out more about the non-profit sector before making a career change. 
 
What is a trustee? 
A trustee is a member of the governing board of a charity who are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of a charity. Being a trustee of a charity gives you a great opportunity to use and develop your skills to help a charity on a part time basis. The board of trustees of a charity would be responsible for ensuring that the organisation has a clearly aligned set of goals and strategy and would take overall legal responsibility for the organisation’s work. 
 
What is a treasurer? 
An Honorary Treasurer (treasurer) is a member of the board of trustees, but takes a more senior responsibility for the financial management of the charity – the board of trustees would often look to the treasurer for advice and guidance. The treasurers’ role would be to oversee the financial administration, reporting and risk management of the organisation, whilst also acting as board-level representation for the Chief Executive, funders and auditors.
 
Express your interest in becoming a Trustee or Treasurer
 
Useful resources
There are numerous online resources that provide further information on the roles and responsibilities of trustees and treasurers. Here are the links to a few sites and resources that we have found particularly useful. 

If you are a charity or an NGO and would like AfID’s support in finding your next trustee or treasurer, then let us know at info@afid.org.uk

UK Volunteers and the law
Before offering your services as a volunteer or a trustee in the UK it is worth taking a little time to understand the nature of your role, your rights and how you are treated by UK law. Elaine Carey, an employment solicitor at Bates Wells Braithwaite has compiled these notes for accountants considering a UK volunteer assignment. For more information please read the ICAEW's Volunteer Helpsheet.

Volunteers
 
Volunteers are:
  • Covered by the obligation on organisation to “ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that persons not in their employment…are not exposed to risks to their health and safety” and to “give such persons (not being their employees) who may be affected in a prescribed manner information as might affect their health and safety”.
  • Covered by data protection principles under the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Able to claim benefits while they are volunteering, as long as the only money they receive as a volunteer is only to cover expenses. If a volunteer receives Jobseekers Allowance, they can volunteer full time as long as they are still actively seeking employment, can attend job interviews at 48 hours’ notice and can take up paid work at one weeks’ notice.
Volunteers are not:
  • Entitled to claim unfair dismissal or a statutory redundant payment.
  • Covered by discrimination law.
  • Entitled to the National Minimum wage.
Normal expectations of volunteers by charities:
  • To undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly CRB check)
  • To act in accordance with the charity’s Equal Opportunities policy
  • To maintain confidentiality
  • To assign intellectual property rights that arise during the volunteering activity
Normal expectations of charities by volunteers:
  • To provide adequate training
  • To provide insurance for any negligence by the volunteer
  • To reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses
Trustees
 
The position of trustee carries legal duties and responsibilities which are set out in a mixture of statue and case law. A summary of the primary responsibilities is set out below:
  • Trustees are responsible for the proper administration of the charity
  • Trustees must accept ultimate responsibility for everything the charity does
  • Trustees have to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to their charity
  • Trustees must safeguard and protect the assets of the charity
  • Trustees have a duty to act collectively
  • Trustees must act in the best interest of their charity
  • Trustees must avoid any conflict between their personal interest and those of the charity
Trustees as directors:
Many charities are set up as companies limited by guarantee When this is the case, the
charity trustees will also be the directors of the company. The Companies Act 2006 sets out
the statutory list of general duties for directors, which are, in summary:
  • To act within their powers
  • To promote the success of the company
  • To exercise independent judgment
  • To exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence
  • To avoid conflicts of interest
  • Not to accept benefits from third parties
  • To declare an interest in a proposed transaction or arrangement.
Immigration status and volunteering:
  • Tier 2 migrants (employer sponsored migrants) are allowed to undertake voluntary work in addition to their sponsored employment. The Tier 2 Guidance states. "You can also undertake voluntary work in any sector You must not be paid for your work, other than the reasonable expenses outlined in section 44 of the National Minimum Wage Act." 
  • Tier 4 migrants (students) are restricted in their ability to undertake voluntary work. The number of hours they are allowed to work depends on the nature of their studies.
Type of course Number of hours:
Students on degree level courses (NQF 6 and above) Up to 20 hours per week during their term time and full time during vacations
Students on below degree level courses (NQF 3-5) Up to 10 hours per week during term time and full time during vacations
Students studying at a publicly funded further education college Up to 10 hours per week during term time and full time during vacations
 
© Elaine Carey
Employment Solicitor, Bates Wells Braithwaite
e.carey@bwbllp.com

+44 (0) 208 741 7000
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