Running an organisation like ours takes the spirit and energy of people who can truly contribute to society and have the time and capacity to commit to our aims.  Is that you?  We hope so.  Volunteer with us here…

Take Our Volunteer Test

We have put together a few questions to help you understand if you are right for our kind of organisation.  These have been compiled from years of experience in recruiting volunteer help for Bright Sparks.  The outcome is a guide only and we do still encourage you to talk with us, visit our playgroup location, and get a true sense of what you could do to assist us.

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Volunteer Inquiry

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Our Current Opportunities

Featured Opportunities

Financial Assistant

Bright Sparks play Groups is a registered charity that supports children and families in Midlothian with disabilities and additional needs. We are currently looking for a financial assistant to join our team.

The successful candidate will be required to be highly organised with excellent attention to detail with previous experience within a financial or accounting role.  Knowledge of accounting packages is essential.  Knowledge of preparing accounts is preferable but not essential.  Understanding of PAYE is essential.

Hours: 15 hours per week, Pay: £12 per hour

If you have the ability to work as part of a team, with excellent communication skill, and financial experience, please provide a CV and supporting statement outlining how your skills and experience will meet the demands of the role to admin@brightsparkspg.org.

Closing date for this role will be 28th March 2022 with interviews from April 4th

Full job description is opposite.

At Bright Sparks Play Groups, our children and their families are at the heart at everything we do. As a Financial Assistant, you will be instrumental in making sure that the Charity runs smoothly so that we are able to continue to help these children and their families throughout Midlothian.

This role will require the position holder to work effectively as part of the Bright Sparks team and in some parts, on their own. The position holder will have responsibility in delivering all the financial aspects of the Charity.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Recording all monies (both restricted and unrestricted)
  • Paying and preparing invoices
  • Processing payments
  • Preparing monthly figures to present to the board (quarterly)
  • Preparing annual accounts
  • Banking all cash
  • Reconciling charity’s bank account
  • Dealing with all financial related queries
  • Responsible for processing monthly payroll
  • Ensure all financial transactions are properly conducted, authorised, recorded and follow correct procedures.
  • Responsible for all stripe transactions being processed and reconciled

Agree to complete all relevant training that management feel relevant to position.


Direct Reports


Reports to

Board/Operations Manager


Bright Sparks accountants 


Board Members. Management Team



At least 3 years in a financial or accounting role.  




Numeracy skills and ability to understand, analyse and present financial data to relevant staff & volunteers

Excellent organisation skills and attention to detail

Problem solving skills and be able to use your own initiative to identify improvements to systems and procedures

Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel and accounting packages


Highly committed, and self-motivated with a professional outlook

Flexible working

Ability to work independently or as part of a team

Openness to diversity and equality


Help with the running of our organisation


Help with the running of our groups


Help with the PR for our organisation.