Forest Farm Peace Garden

London Borough of Redbridge

Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Tuesday, 31st May 2022   6 days left

Forest Farm Peace Garden is a unique mental health and environment project that provides ecotherapy to support mental health recovery at our inspiring garden in East London. Our aims are to promote health and well-being, build a vibrant community, provide rewarding and meaningful volunteering opportunities, reduce social isolation, increase learning and skills, improve the natural environment and promote environmental sustainability. 

We are looking for a Treasurer to join our board of trustees. Together trustees support our amazing staff team and lead the Forest Farm Peace Garden strategy. We meet every 6-8 weeks and ask for a commitment of at least one year. Our trustees must be great ambassadors for our charity, modelling our core values and ethos. 

We recognise that volunteers need to reflect better the communities in which we live and work. We encourage applications from all sections of the community. We're committed to creating an organisation that recognises and truly values individual differences and identities.
 Responsibilities may include:

  • Provide leadership and advice to the board of trustees on financial matters and help the board to fulfil its responsibilities for the financial governance and direction of the organisation.
  • Work in partnership with the Project Manager, and as necessary in liaison with the Independent Examiner, to ensure the production of key financial documents, including the annual budget, statutory accounts and bi-monthly management accounts.
  • Advise the Project Manager on financial matters including budgets for funding applications.
  • To be a bank signatory for FFPG and authorise online payments.
  • Attend most board meetings, normally held on Monday evenings every 6 to 8 weeks in Ilford / Hainault, as well as a yearly strategy day. Meetings are currently being held online via zoom. 
  • Attend and contribute to FFPG annual public events alongside staff, other trustees and volunteers.
  • Meet with the Project Manager from time to time and attend other occasional meetings as necessary, for example with funding bodies.
  • Read and respond to emails or papers from other trustees and staff as necessary.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction and other trustee responsibilities as they arise, such as staff recruitment, HR, policy reviews, project development etc.

Skills, experience and knowledge

  • Some work experience in the field of finance.
  • An understanding of budgets and of management and statutory accounts.
  • A knowledge of charity-specific financial matters such as restricted funding – or the ability and willingness to learn about such matters.
  • The ability to explain financial matters to people who don’t have specialist financial knowledge.
  • Experience of making decisions collectively on boards, committees or other types of working groups.
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the aims of FFPG.

How to apply

Please contact FFPG for an informal conversation about your interest in becoming a trustee and the Treasurer role. A visit to our garden and opportunity to meet other trustees and staff can be arranged. Please also complete the Trustee Application Form outlining your interest, skills and experience which is available on our website here:

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