Based in South Essex, BASIS ( is a well-established charity working to improve the independence and quality of life of those who have visual impairment, their families and carers.  BASIS believes that it is important to raise awareness of the needs of visually impaired people to the sighted community, changing attitudes, thereby bringing both groups to a closer understanding of each other.  

The organisation provides a diverse range of activities and support to its beneficiaries. With strong links to Guide Dogs for the Blind, RNIB and the NHS, BASIS offers a unique service provision for the area. 

This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with this 20 year old organisation as it seeks to grow and develop.  Until recently BASIS was run by its board of trustees on a voluntary basis.  Recent funding has created a number of paid posts to provide operational running of the organisation and enabling the board to take on a more strategic focus.

Having secured funding from Big Lottery and undergone a review of governance BASIS is about to embark on a period of growth and development.  Strong financial oversight is critical to this along with exploring new avenues of finance and funding.  The new treasurer will therefore be able to enjoy making a real difference to this organisation, its beneficiaries and shaping its financial future.  


The role may appeal to someone who has proven financial expertise and possibly an interest in health or social care, and those who wish to give something back.  The current trustees identified how rewarding it is to see people on a journey and see how something that you do makes such a difference. 

BASIS are looking to appoint someone with proven financial expertise gained at a senior level, to complement the current board in its role as a governing body: setting strategy and ensuring exemplary governance and fiscal control. The successful candidate must show an understanding of the issues facing blind and partially sighted people.


  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 18/06/2018

End Date: 18/06/2019

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Availability Details

Trustee meetings currently held Thursday afternoon/evenings and the AGM in December. Work can be undertaken in your own time.


Bradbury House
SS16 5BP

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