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Twickenham, TW1 2PD
Voluntary Role
Closing date
15 Nov 2019
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About us

Skylarks is an independent charity based in Richmond Upon Thames, committed to enabling every child and young person with additional needs to live their best life while supporting everyone whose lives they touch.

About the role

We are seeking new Trustee Treasurer to complement our existing Board & provide strategic direction, independent judgement & new perspectives to the organisation. The overall role of the treasurer is to maintain an overview of the organisation’s financial affairs, ensuring its viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. Noting that the charity does employ the devices of a paid bookkeeper for the daily management of the accounts.

About you

With a commitment to Skylarks mission and values, you will use your experiences to ensure Skylarks continues to thrive as the organisations grows. As part of a Board of highly skilled trustees, you will the help analyse project proposals and examine their financial consequences, enabling the Board to make clear cut decisions.  You must have a willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries when required, and have the relevant financial qualifications and experience.

Charity Objective

The objective of Skylarks is to help young people thrive.  The charities aim is to support children with additional needs due to physical or learning impairment, emotional or behavioural difficulties or any permanent or temporary illness, in the London Borough of Richmond and surrounding areas, and the provision of information, practical advice and support to their families, carers and siblings’ (Articles of Association 2012)

In addition to the specific role of Treasurer, all Trustees/Directors are expected to fulfil general responsibilities:

Trustee/Director Responsibilities

1. To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law and company law and fulfils its legal and accounting obligations.

2. To ensure that the organisation delivers the charitable aims and objectives of Skylarks as defined in its governing document, in the most effective and efficient manner.

3. To give strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance.

4. To safeguard the good name  of the organisation at all times.

5. To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.

6. To represent the charity externally when required.

7. To embody the vision and values of Skylarks when carrying out trustee responsibilities.

How To Apply

Please send your CV along with a covering letter by using the Apply section below.

For an informal discussion and further information about this role, please contact Jennifer Peters on 07946 646 033.

For further information on the role, please refer to the Job Description and Personal Specification attached below.

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At Skylarks, our vision is to help create a world where children with additional needs can thrive. 

Our Story

Skylarks provides a supportive and active community. We care for the whole family, providing opportunities to join in, develop and feel empowered. We want to remove the isolation that can be felt by families and their children who have a disability or additional needs. We are based in Richmond upon Thames but have an open-door policy. Anyone, from anywhere, is welcome! 

The charity was originally founded as Me too & Co by a group of parent volunteers in 2006 to fill a gap in the local community where there was a lack of support. You can read more about our founder and beginnings here. In April 2019, we rebranded and officially changed our name to Skylarks Charity (or Skylarks for short) with the support of our corporate partner Haymarket Media Group. Most recently we have been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the wonderful team of dedicated volunteers we have supporting our cause. 

Over 2500 families have now registered to use our services and the list is growing! Over the past 15 years the organisation has continued to grow. We have expanded from first providing inclusive play sessions to now offering a wide range of therapies, activities and services that are often otherwise inaccessible to families. These include services such as hydrotherapy, counselling, inclusive activities like drama and karate and free advice for Special Educational Needs (SEN). 

Our independence as a charity means we are able to develop our programme in line with the needs of our families; something that has always been and remains important to us. We do not apply for or receive any statutory funding from government or local authorities.

Why Join Skylarks?

It’s an exciting time to join our team as we look to spread our wings, expanding to deliver to more families across the surrounding boroughs.

Skylarks has continued to grow significantly over the last few years, with a 30% year on year increase in the number of services we deliver to families. Skylarks believe in innovating and adapting its services depending on the needs of the families we support. We have a small but dedicated team and we are always looking to add exciting new members to our inclusive team.


Find Us
306 Richmond Road
Richmond Upon Thames
United Kingdom
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