Would you like to be involved in making the decisions regarding the direction of Samaritans? Could you be our Honorary Treasurer?
Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide. We work to achieve this vision by making it our mission to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour.
We are currently seeking an Honorary Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees to oversee financial matters for the charity and be part of a committed governing team ensuring the effective administration of the organisation.
The purpose of the Honorary Treasurer role is to help ensure the financial sustainability of the charity and report to the Board of Trustees at regular intervals about the financial health of the organisation, in line with good practice, and in accordance with the charity’s governing documents and legal requirements.
The Honorary Treasurer will work closely with the Director of Finance & income to ensure that Trustee Board have sound information to inform decisions and that the charity’s finances are managed in an effective and efficient manner.
In particular, applicants must have financial qualifications, extensive strategic experience in financial matters, and experience of charity finance, fundraising and investments. Attendance at some weekend meetings will be required.
The main duties of a Trustee of Central Charity include:
Promoting and developing the charity for it to increase its efficiency, effectiveness and relevance to society.
Making sure that the charity and its representatives function properly within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with the organisation’s governing documents and accepted best practice.
Carrying out the duties of a Trustee in a way that adds to public confidence and trust in the charity.
Making sure that that policy development takes account of the views of the Council of Samaritans.
Our Trustees play a vital role in keeping Samaritans relevant to the needs of our callers, making the best use of our volunteers’ time and energy, and helping us meet our legal obligations. But what could being a Trustee offer you?
The benefits of being a Trustee:
Making a real difference to people struggling to cope – people rely on Samaritans every day of the year at significant times in their lives. Decisions made by the Trustee Board have a direct impact on who our service reaches, as well as how it is delivered.
Making sure our volunteers are fully supported – being a Trustee allows you to examine and improve the tools and processes in place to help volunteers deliver our service, as well as making sure that volunteers are properly appreciated for their contributions.
Influencing a major charity – whatever your involvement in Samaritans to date, you will have a view on what we do well and what could be improved. Being a Trustee provides a unique opportunity to shape the organisation.
Making the most of your existing skills – if you are an expert in a particular area, there is often no greater satisfaction than fully utilising your experience for a charitable purpose and knowing that a particular decision is of a higher quality thanks to your involvement.
Personal development – being a Trustee is a challenging and rewarding experience, and no matter what your achievements to date, there will always be something to stretch you that little bit further. Samaritans values difference and diversity and is keen to encourage applications from all sections of society.
How to apply
To find out more about this role, please read the role description. To apply please download and complete an application form and send it with a CV to email@example.com Applications must be received by midday on Thursday 29 March 2018.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview, which will take place on the weekend of the 27-29 April 2018 in Birmingham.
If you have any queries about the role or application process please contact Gemma Clemson, Volunteering Development Manager (Recruitment and Selection) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8394 8319.
Our purpose is to help people who are struggling to cope, including those who may be at risk of suicide, to receive confidential emotional support at any time of the day or night from trained Samaritans volunteers, in order to improve their emotional health and to reduce the incidence of suicide.
Promote a better understanding in society of suicide, suicidal behaviours and the value of expressing feelings which may otherwise lead to suicide or impaired emotional health. People contact Samaritans about a wide range of issues including depression, relationship and family issues, loneliness, physical and mental health issues, alcohol, drugs, self-harm, debt, illness and exam pressures, as well as suicidal thoughts and feelings.