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Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
SW17 8NE
Voluntary role
Active Prospects
Reigate, Surrey
£0.00 - Voluntary
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SW17 8NE
Voluntary role
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Job description


Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS) supports refugees and asylum seekers to play a full part in their community. CARAS provides practical, social, emotional and educational support to young people and families.

CARAS finds itself in a strong position, having achieved a good level of multi-year funding and running a surplus in our last budget. The current Board of Trustees are highly engaged in the strategic direction of CARAS and have strong oversight of its work. Staff, too, are highly experienced in developing innovative and effective programs that support refugees and asylum seekers. We have very recently undergone two changes that further ensure the financial health of the organisation, with the appointment of a Director of Operations and a new Finance Officer coming into role. As with any small organisation, we rely on the abilities and dedication of our staff, volunteers and trustees in delivering the best possible services for our beneficiaries. We are a tight-knit, passionate team who are always looking to recruit skilled and motivated individuals who share our welcoming community ethos.  You will quickly be able to see what the CARAS community means to its members. We represent a safe and productive space for people to learn and flourish.

The trustees have legal responsibility for CARAS and its operations, ensuring that assets are spent in accordance with our objectives and that decisions are carefully made. Trustees must always act in the best interests of CARAS. Trustees have group and individual responsibility. 

The Board of Trustees comprises:

  • the chair
  • the treasurer
  • the secretary
  • elected trustees  

The role of the Treasurer

 The specific duties and responsibilities of the Treasurer are to:

  • Advise the Board on its financial duties and obligations
  • Have broad oversight of the financial affairs of CARAS and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice
  • Review and appropriately develop finance and accounting policies, procedures and practice, with the support of staff and the Board of Trustees
  • Periodically report on the financial position of CARAS at board meetings, using plain simple English
  • With the support of the rest of the Board of Trustees, ensure that the financial resources of CARAS meet its present and future needs and that the charity has an appropriate reserves policy
  • Advise on the financial implications of CARAS’ strategic planning and fundraising strategy, as part of a risk management process
  • Appraise the financial viability of all plans and proposals.
  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports, accounts and statements, in compliance with relevant legislation

Additionally, each director should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. They may lead discussions, focus on key issues, provide advice and guidance on new initiatives, evaluation or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Each trustee must have:

  • A commitment to the mission and values of CARAS
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Integrity
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to speak their mind
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to make decisions for the best interests of CARAS
  • A commitment to being a member of a Board which is accessible to our beneficiaries, some of whom will be joining in the next twelve months.

The Treasurer must have:

  • Experience of overseeing charity accounting and reporting processes
  • Knowledge of financial management for charities, accounting best practices for UK and compliance with associated regulation
  • Good financial analysis and evaluation skills
  • Knowledge of current financial issues facing charities
  •  Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Experience in finance and fundraising within the not-for-profit sector (desirable)
  •  A UK chartered or management accountant qualification (desirable).
  • This is an opportunity to contribute to the running of a vital community organisation that serves a large local refugee and asylum seeker population. 
  • CARAS' various projects include ESOL, women’s groups, advocacy and activities for young people, and one to one support. We work in collaboration with a number of organisations in south London to deliver our services. The charity provides training and placements for students from St George’s Medical School, and Kingston University and St George’s School of Social Work.

As a trustee you will be able to apply your considerable skill-set, working in a dedicated team to ensure the effective running of a much-loved charity.

Hours:   All trustees commit to four board meetings per year (in the evenings), a strategic away day, and attendance at the Annual General Meeting.  The Treasurer also has a commitment to co-chair CARAS’ Finance Working Group three times per year. Additional time may be required at various times, such as when accounts are prepared.

Location: CARAS, 25 Blakenham Road, Tooting, London, SW17 8NE

To apply, please submit a response which clearly outlines how you meet the specification above, as well as completing the declaration.

Selection process:  We will interview candidates who meet the criteria. We are particularly interested in those who have experience within the charity sector, as a volunteer or as an employee, and those who can work well with beneficiaries who play a role in every level of CARAS’ governance. Interviews will take place at CARAS. The panel will consist of trustees, staff and beneficiaries.


We take our responsibility to safeguard children seriously. Therefore to volunteer, you will be asked to undergo a DBS check as well as a reference check (we will be contacting referees upon receiving this application). Please provide details of two referees who can confirm your suitability for working with children in a voluntary capacity (excluding family and friends). One of the referees should be your current/last employer or education provider. By listing the referees, you have informed them about the reference check and they have consented to be contacted by CARAS by email or phone.

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  • Have you ever been cautioned, charged or convicted in relation to any offence (this question relates to all convictions, spent and unspent, as per the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974)?
  • Has any complaint of abuse ever been made against you?
  • I understand that a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS – formerly known as CRB)/pre-appointment vetting checks will be required as part of the recruitment process. Details of the Disclosure will be recorded and retained in CARAS Database for the length of your volunteering.
  • By making this application I confirm that I am not barred from working with vulnerable groups and understand that to apply to work with such group/s in Regulated Activity roles when barred from doing so is a criminal offence.
  • I declare that the information I have given on this form is correct and true to my knowledge.

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Data Protection

All personal information provided on application forms by volunteers will be encrypted and stored on the CARAS database. Volunteers have the right to access personal information stored about them at any time. Hard copies of this application will be shredded.

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Posted on: 14 October 2019
Closing date: 12 January 2020
Tags: Finance,Governance

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