At a glance


  • Accountancy (part qualified)
  • Auditing
  • Financial management
  • Business development
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Researching funders / writing proposals
  • Business advice / analysis
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Strategic mentoring


Westonzoyland, , TA7 0LN
Mainly at home
Travel limit? 30 miles


Mostly during office hours Trustee meeting about once every 6-8 weeks for 2 hours. Approximately 1 hour per week from home.


31 Mar 2019

A prominent role within this vibrant charity as it strives to support more children and young people who have Down Syndrome. We advocate strong stewardship and value for money. Making a real difference.

What will you be doing?

We employ a finance administrator who deals with the day to day financial tasks and pay roll.  They also prepare the annual accounts ready for auditing.  The treasurer role is about having an overview and ensuring clarity for the board. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • To act as a Trustee of the organisation
  • To ensure that, in relation to financial matters, the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the scheme, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • To ensure effective, efficient and appropriate financial administration of the organisation
  • To ensure that the Trustees, collectively, are aware of any concerns in connection with the financial stability of the scheme.
  • To protect and manage the assets of the scheme and to ensure the proper investment of organisation funds.
  • Overseeing, approving and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements.
  • The preparation and presentation of financial reports to the board.
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place.
  • Liaising with any paid staff and volunteers about financial matters.
  • Advising on the financial implications of the scheme’s strategic plans.
  • Ensuring that there is no conflict between any investment held and the aims and objects of the organisation.
  • Ensuring equipment & assets are adequately maintained and insured.
  • Ensuring that the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and the relevant statutory bodies
  • Where external scrutiny of accounts is required, ensuring that the accounts are scrutinised in the manner required (independent examination or audit) and any recommendations are implemented.
  • Keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities.
  • Contributing to the fundraising strategy of the scheme.
  • Making a formal presentation of the accounts at the AGM, drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way.

What are we looking for?

We seek someone with a strong background in finance able to support budget setting, monitoring and reporting, financial strategic planning, willing to work alongside our paid finance assistant and assist in the preparation and presentation of our annual accounts.

Grant/bid writing a plus but not essential.  An interest and understanding of the challenges faces by families where there is child with Down Syndrome.

Able to attend regular board meetings in Somerset and provide an up to date report with support from finance assistant.  Also be willing to input to the strategic vision and direction of the charity and its services as a whole. 

What difference will you make?

As a charity we are very reliant on public funds and to this end wish to ensure responsible stewardship and value for money whilst striving to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people who have Down Syndrome.  As treasurer, you will have a complete overview of our finances and how they are spent and will work closely with the Director to explore funding streams, social enterprise opportunities and expansion of our work.  We have 21 years experience and are recognized as the 'Go To' service across the South West for families and professionals. 

What's in it for the volunteer?

This is an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people who have Down Syndrome.  Working alongside a small but dedicated team of family support workers, youth workers and trustees, this is a great opportunity to either gain skills with a mid-size charity and/or offer your expertise, knowledge and skills to help us sustain and develop over the coming years. 

Before you apply

Completed application form will be required plus details of two referees who may be contacted. In addition we require an enhanced DBS.
  • Children / families
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Social care
  • We are a Down Syndrome support charity working with children, their parents and all professionals involved in the health, education and care of children and young people who have Down Syndrome. ...