Bromley Brighter Beginnings
Published
26 March 2024
Expires
25 April 2024
Location
Bromley, United Kingdom
Category
Job Type
Salary
£
N/A

Description

Purpose of the Volunteer Bookkeeper role

Bromley Brighter Beginnings is seeking a dedicated volunteer Bookkeeper to support our Treasurer.  The role-holder will be responsible for recording, monitoring, reviewing, and reporting financial transactions accurately.

Main Tasks

With the support of the Treasurer, you will:

Recording:

  • Input, track, and edit journal entries in accounting systems
  • Reconcile items to bank statements and expense logs
  • Provide invoices, receipts, and process Gift Aid on relevant donations

Expenses Management:

  • Review expense logs and transactions for accuracy
  • Follow up with employees and volunteers to ensure appropriate and timely recording of expenses
  • Approve payment card top up requests
  • Support bank payments for expenses and employee payroll

Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Assist in month/year-end reporting for Trustee Meetings, Auditor engagements, and grant reviews
  • Download statements and reconcile payments from/to external platforms
  • Collate receipts, attend calls, and perform reviews as needed
  • Create month end statements e.g. for expense summaries

 Benefits

  • Opportunity to contribute to the financial health and sustainability of Bromley Brighter Beginnings
  • Gain valuable experience in financial management and reporting
  • Work in a supportive and inclusive environment alongside passionate team members

Note: This is a voluntary role and is unpaid.
The successful candidate will be subject to references, an ID check and a basic DBS check before beginning the role.

Time commitment

It is expected the role will require a minimum commitment of 3-4 hours per week as well as attendance at a minimum of one online meeting per month.  You will also be required to attend training sessions on relevant accounting and financial software.

Application Process:
To apply please send your CV with covering letter to Emma Warren (see link below for details)

Deadline 19th April 2024

Skills Required

Essential skills, attitudes and experience

  • Experience in a bookkeeper role and proficiency in accounting software
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively within a team
  • Understand the importance of strict confidentiality
  • Commitment to BBB’s aims and the longer-term value to the community of supporting families living in poverty

About Us

Introduction to Bromley Brighter Beginnings (‘BBB')

BBB is a local charity, founded in 2012, which provides essential items for families living in financial hardship in the London Borough of Bromley.

The experience of poverty impacts on the quality of families’ lives and the mental and physical well-being of their children, and we are passionate about supporting them as far as we can, to improve their circumstances at an already difficult time.

Local professionals such as social workers, health visitors, midwives, teachers, refuge workers and parenting practitioners work with families living in poverty and are best placed to identify their level of need. We accept referrals from these professionals for baby and child-related items such as cots, buggies, clothes, newborn packs and school uniform, as well as for items such as beds and white goods in cases of particular hardship.  

BBB also provides additional support to residents of the refuges for victims of domestic abuse, run by Bromley & Croydon Women’s Aid. These residents are often in need of basic essential items when they arrive at the refuge.    

Our Vision 

BBB’s vision is of a world in which children are not disadvantaged by growing up in poverty, and their parents and caregivers do not have to struggle to provide them with the most basic items. 

Our Mission 

Our mission is to relieve the pressure of poverty on families in a practical way by providing them with baby, child and household items.  This support demonstrates that they are not alone in their difficulties and aims to foster long-term social inclusion.  Relieving stress, anxiety and depression in parents and caregivers has a positive impact on the early experiences of children, gives those children a better start in life and helps families recover more quickly from financial crisis.   

Our Values 

Community: We harness the power of the community to support its most vulnerable members. 

Inclusivity: We aim to be thoughtful, inclusive and respectful of the diverse families we support. 

Dignity: We respect the families we support and aim to reduce the stigma associated with growing up in poverty. 

Sustainability: We are mindful of the environment and committed to reducing waste as much as possible. 

Well-being: We promote and are mindful of the physical and mental health of the families we support, and everyone else in the BBB community. 

Equal Opportunities 

BBB is committed, both as an employer and service provider, to promoting equitable opportunities for all. We are opposed to all forms of discrimination and will not discriminate against any person because of their ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, responsibility for children or dependants, age, employment status, disability, HIV status, religious or political beliefs or because of unrelated criminal convictions.  

We particularly welcome applications from those with lived experience of poverty and / or those from communities who are under-represented within the volunteering and charity sector, and any minoritised group.