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Treasurer Trustee

FarmAbility
Oxfordshire

Posted: 22 Jan 2024

Deadline: 4 Mar 2024

Compensation: Volunteer

Volunteer Flexible hours Remote working

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Job description

If you love the countryside and enjoy being outdoors you’ll understand why FarmAbility brings such benefits to people with learning disabilities!  Visit our website: www.farmability.org.uk

We are looking for a Treasurer trustee to oversee our financial affairs. Could that be you?

FarmAbility is based in Oxfordshire and works alongside adults with learning disabilities and autism (our co-farmers) so that they can lead a more purposeful life; work outdoors, try new things in a supportive environment, make new friends and develop new skills and confidence. We are a person centred organisation and we focus on our co-farmers abilities not their disabilities. 

We have partnerships with a number of rural locations and farms in Oxfordshire who provide a welcoming opportunity for people with learning disabilities to learn new skills and develop some independence. We grow vegetables and flowers, we look after animals, we turn our hand to fencing and other land management skills and do woodwork as well. We are a "can do" organisation and the locations who so generously host us enjoy meeting and working with our co-farmers and are often surprised at just what we can do. We have occupational therapists on our team who help each individual co-farmer to find their potential and to have fun.

FarmAbility has been a CIO since 2013 and our office is based in Eynsham, with various sites located within a 15 mile radius of Oxford. We currently provide opportunities for 60 co-farmers and we are planning to expand. There are 6 trustees on our board and we are looking to recruit one more. We have a team of 15 employees (mostly part-time) and around 28 regular volunteers. For FYE Sept23 our income was just below £250k.

We have a member of staff who is responsible for bookkeeping and who works closely with the Treasurer. Our Treasurer is responsible for overseeing our finances and ensuring that they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practices. We ask them to provide regular financial information to the other trustees and stakeholders and to oversee our annual Report and Accounts. We are looking for someone who is able to provide a financial perspective to our CEO and Chair, including the encouragement of cost control and value for money, as we look to expand our activities. Experience and skills would include: knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management; good financial analysis skills, and; an ability to communicate clearly.

Application information

For information and how to apply, please visit our website here.

Or to discuss further, please contact our Chair, Roz Warren, roz@farmability.org.uk

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About FarmAbility

We run farm-based programmes where people with a learning disability and those with a learning disability on the autistic spectrum can engage in purposeful, outdoor activities that improve physical health and well-being, foster a sense of community, and allow the development and strengthening of skills and abilities. We have seen that this gives people opportunities to be active and connected members of society, where their contribution is recognised and valued.