Use your financial management skills to help support the Frome Men's (and now also Womens') Shed

Use your financial management skills to help support the Frome Men's (and now also Womens') Shed

Trustee/Governor
J67848
At a glance

Skills

  • Database / CRM development
  • Accountancy / Auditing
  • Financial management
  • Governance
  • Change management
  • General / operations management
  • Health and safety
  • Volunteer management
  • Business advice / analysis
  • Training

Where

Frome, BA11 1FW
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Ideally within 5 miles, but 25 miles might be a sensible limit as visits are highly desirable

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-3 hours / week
Every month Trustee meeting 1-2 hours, financial report needed for each meeting. Preparation of Charity Commission /annual reports : approx 10-20 hrs

Our charity has been a boon to Frome, being part of the lively community structure of this community-minded town.

The shed serves individuals who would otherwise be isolated, who can use skills to give purpose and social engagement.

What will you be doing?

As Treasurer, you would be a Trustee, and advise on planning and expenditure by preparing financial reports from the data we would share, and by attending Trustee meetings, which take place every month, and you would ideally take a full part in the thinking and planning for the Shed.

We are currently developing new structures for finance and member data management,  and would love you to engage with us as we forge new ways of doing things that are compatible with our ethos and constitution. The Shed is a democratic group, with the members deciding what they do and how, and the trustees serve this ethos.

Visiting the workshops before they repopen (after Covid) would be useful, as  trustees need to understand the implications for health and safety of running a practical space containing tools and machines, and sometimes some rather infirm older people.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a volunteer who can work with us online for some of the time, as we collect and upload data, and come to trustee meetings, monthly or maybe alternate months, to advise on the broader financial picture, deliver  financial reports.

  • It would be good if he/she has accurate and up to date knowledge and experience of charity finance
  • Is aware of / is willing to inform themself of the latest government support packages for Covid-19  
  • Has an interest in health and safety in a woodworking workshop

What difference will you make?

The Frome Men’s (and now Women’s) Shed has been a flagship charity in the Men’s Shed movement, providing occupation and companionship for a group who are prone to isolation after retirement, redundancy or relocation.

The Men’s Shed has grown in size, recently added a Women’s Shed,  and taken on larger premises, at the same time as losing a founder Chairman whose drive and inspiration brought it into existence, and a founder Treasurer who has become too ill to stay on the Committee of Trustees.

With your help we will be able to continue to provide the safe and supportive environment where practical skills are shared and learned, and tasks carried out for the benefit of the wider community.

 And ultimately ensure the long-term sustainability of our organisation beyond the challenges presented by Covid-19.

What's in it for the volunteer?

You would become part of our small, friendly team, have the chance to facilitate change, and  have the opportunity to keep the Frome Shed making its sold contribution to the life of our town.

Before you apply

Applicants would need financial references, and would need to be available for a meeting with the trustees.
Causes
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Training / employment support
  • Women
  • For the public benefit, the preservation and protection of good health among people in Frome and the surrounding area, including those who are retired, unemployed or have health problems,...