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Lordship Hub Treasurer post – volunteer opportunity

Job description – Treasurer

About Lordship Hub Co-op

Lordship Hub is a vibrant community centre and café in the centre of Lordship Rec, Tottenham’s largest public park. It was established in 2014 as a community co-operative to encourage local people to take ownership and make it a great community resource. We encourage all staff, volunteers and users to become members so that they can have a say in what we do and how we do it. For both practical and ethical reasons we have a flat management structure. See: www.lordshiphub.org.uk

Our aim is to provide a space and services that are needed by park users and the local community. This includes 2 rooms for hire, and a cafe serving a menu that is all about fresh, wholesome, tasty and affordable food. Our activities and pricing have to be appealing to our local community and also allow us to run a financially sustainable organisation. We have good financial systems, a finance officer and an accountant. We now have an opportunity for a new Treasurer to join our Board as a volunteer.

Overall role for the Treasurer 

  • Maintain an overview of the organisation’s affairs
  • Ensuring its financial viability
  • Ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

General responsibilities

  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  • To contribute actively to the elected Board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.

In addition to the above duties, each board member should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board reach sound decisions generally. This may involve:

  • Scrutinising board papers
  • Leading discussions
  • Focusing on key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Other issues in which the board member has special expertise

 Additional duties 

  • Preparing annual budget for approval by the Board
  • Reviewing monthly financial summaries as prepared by the Hub’s Financial Officer, performing analysis and preparing reports for briefing at the Board meeting
  • Based on financial data as prepared by the Hub’s Financial Officer, prepare annual financial statements to be signed off by independent examiner
  • Being assured that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs
  • Ensuring that the organisation has an appropriate reserves policy
  • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • Liaising with paid staff and volunteers about financial matters
  • Advising on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans
  • Ensuring the organisation’s compliance with legislation
  • Ensuring equipment and 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
  • Keeping the Board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
  • Contributing to the fundraising strategy of the organisation
  • Making a formal presentation of the accounts at the annual general meeting
  • Making annual financial filings to the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Sitting on occasional appraisal, recruitment and disciplinary panels as required

Treasurer competencies and personal specification

  • Financial qualification and experience e.g. accounting qualification, prior / current experience of advising charities / managing charity finances
  • Commitment to support the aims and needs of Lordship Hub
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team

The time commitment expected is around 0.5 day per month reviewing / working remotely on monthly financial reporting; attendance of monthly Board meeting (2 hours); preparation of year-end accounts – 3 days; and ad-hoc needs to resolve financial matters.

Applications

If interested, please send us your relevant details and experience: recruitment@lordshiphub.org.uk

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River Moselle in Lordship Rec works starting

There will be lots of activity around the Moselle in the Rec on Tuesday 4th February when Ebsford contractors, supported by Haringey Trust for Conservation (TCV)  volunteers,  work on removing vegetation and blockages from the channel to help the River flow.   The faster the flow that can be achieved, the less silt is deposited.  Ebsford , who have been engaged for the next 3 years to assist with the maintenance of the channel will also be applying Siltex,  a natural product, which helps silt to break down.    To avoid the nesting season the next works are scheduled for September.   Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Haringey TCV, www.tcv.org.uk/london/haringey.

Volunteers urgently needed

We urgently need volunteers to help us run the hub and provide a good service to our ever-increasing number of users. This is particularly important in the cafe, especially now it is good weather and the holidays will soon be upon us.
If you have 4 hours to spare once or twice a week, especially at weekends, then please contact val@lordshiphub.org.uk or ring 020 8885 5684. You dont need any particular experience as you will be trainedand could learn new and useful skills. It can be hard work but it can also be fun.

Improvement Work on Lordship Hub

Grant from Power to Change for Hub building improvement works

We recently were successful in obtaining a grant to improve some areas of Lordship Hub. The works will take place between the last part of May and the beginning of June so there may be some closures of parts of the Hub while they are going on. We are trying organise the works to keep closures and class cancellations to the minimum so it is best to keep an eye on the what’s on page of our website regularly to see if there have been any changes to classes or if the cafe is closed.

We hope the improvements have a big impact on the functionality of the building and also on the look of the hiring rooms.

  • We are having bespoke storage areas put in both of the class/hiring rooms so that there will no longer be any clutter around in the rooms as there is now. Most things will be able to be neatly put away behind cupboard doors.
  • The kitchen units in both rooms will be upgraded
  • The storage area in the larger room will have mirrors on the outside so this will aid with classes and also make the room lighter and more attractive.
  • We are having the cafe serving and cooking area extended so that the space can be used more efficiently and easily. There will be much more space for preparation of food and storage.  The serving area will move up towards the door and be out of the way of the food preparation area. We hope this will streamline things.
  • We are having the concrete ramp onto the cafe terrace redone so it is more user friendly and attractive.
  • We will be putting a glass panel with sliding doors in the wall between the office and the foyer. This will display office opening hours on it and will enable people to speak to office staff more easily at these times. It will also make the office lighter and enable staff to see who is coming and going and add to security.

The Hub is having to provide some of our own funds as match funding for this grant so that is why we have 2 park users running the London Marathon for us on April 28th. You can see details about how you can sponsor them and support the Hub’s refurbishment on this website under Marathon Donations in the main menu. Thankyou

Consultation on old adventure play area in the Rec

Lordship Hub, 3.30pm on Sunday April 14th

Consultation on the future of the old wooden adventure playground site in Lordship Rec.
All welcome with your ideas and suggestions. The meeting is run by the Lordship Sports and Activities Consortium (LSAC) and Friends of Lordship Rec and is just the beginning of forming a plan for the area that suits as many people as possible. Funding will then have to be found to carry out the finally agreed and designed plan, so it is no quick solution. Please come along and be a part of it.

Marathon sponsorship needed to matchfund grant

We need to raise £6000 as match funding for a grant we have been awarded for much needed building improvements that will make the Hub a much more functional space. To raise this figure we have 2 people running the London Marathon for the Hub. On April 7th, we held a successful event to help raise awareness and  sponsorship. Despite unpleasant weather, lots of people took part in our marathon runners’ exercise session and enjoyed a sociable 5K sponsored walk round the Rec. We also provided a soft play area for toddlers which was a great hit. So far we have only raised under £2000 so please think about sponsoring our runners before April 28th, both to encourage them, and to support the Hub that receives no Council or external funding for our running costs which are substantial. Thankyou from all at the Hub..