UK Volunteer & Remote Support

In response to the many requests for help from our UK based charity partners and the generous offer of support from our extensive network of over 10,000 qualified accountants, we offer UK based charities a UK volunteer accountant programme. The programme is designed to give charities with limited resources access to pro-bono qualified technical expertise and is an excellent way to reduce a reliance on expensive temps.
 
Remote pro-bono Technical Assistance
 
During the Corona virus pandemic we will not be organising onsite face to face assignments, we will however be arranging remote technical support wherby experiece finance and accounting professionals can support non-profis via email, telephone and video conferencing. This alo means we can now provide remote support to organisations globally and offer volunteer roles to professionals unable to travel. This will remain a service after the pandemic. If you are keen to become a Remote volunteer or you are an organisation that would welcome this type of support please email volunteers@afid.org.uk
 
Typical areas our UK volunteers have supported to date include the following*;
  • Year-end accounts preparation 
  • Charities Commission reporting
  • Audit preparation
  • Bookkeeping & reconciliation
  • Assistance with system implementations,
  • Developing financial procedures & controls
  • Budget preparation & Finaincial planning
  • Cash-flow forecasting & cash management
  • Coaching of inexperienced staff members
  • Take the role of a trustee or treasurer
*Please note these are only examples and additional areas of focus may be appropriate.
 
How long can volunteers be available?
 
Most UK volunteer accountants offer their support on a short term (2-4 weeks), part-time or on a remote basis; longer or more full-time availability may be possible. It is however very important that our volunteers are viewed as 'an extra pair of experienced hands during a difficult time' rather than a cheap source of labour. We have found that on almost every placement our volunteers have expanded their original remit due to their high level of experience and consultative approach.
 
Charities partners supported to date include Action Aid, Asylum Welcome, CAFOD, CIFAL, Coaches Across Continents, Educaid, Friendship UK, Global Angels, Health Poverty Action, Jubilee Action, Oxfam, Amenity Trust, Mardi UK, OXFAM, Partners for Change, Practical Action, Rights Practice, Street Invest, Teach a Man to Fish, Y Care, WSUP.

Trustees & Treasurers

Many accountants in our network of volunteers would like to take the role of a trustee or treasurer, and often are happy to also provide support and guidance on a more day to day basis. We have successfully sourced experienced accountants to take on the role of Trustee, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for many of our non profit partners both in the UK and overseas, if you are seeking new trustees or a treasurer and feel an accountant would be a wise addition please get in touch on info@afid.org.uk
 
Click here for a case study on a recent campaign to strengthen the board of Methodist relief and development charity All We Can.
 
How much does it cost?
 
There is no charge for individuals to become a remote or UK volunteer. There is a small administration & oversight fee for charities to receive this service. 
 

Before securing the services of 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 they 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
 
If you have any questions about any aspect of this programme please contact us on 0208 741 7000.