General volunteering

So, you want to volunteer

Maybe joining the Management Board or a Committee is not for you, however we do sometimes have other volunteering opportunities available. These might include helping out with:

  • Our members' magazine, "Scottish Country Dancer"
  • RSCDS-run events
  • The RSCDS Archive project
  • Support in the office at 12 Coates Crescent
How do I volunteer?

You don't always need to be a member of the RSCDS, however we would encourage you to join. You can apply for any open vacancies, or register your interest (please be aware that by filling in the below form you agree to the RSCDS keeping your details on file should we wish to contact you regarding any future opportunities).


Current vacancies

In order to apply for the current vacancies listed below, you must first be a member of the RSCDS (either an HQ member or RSCDS Branch member). Please click on the drop down arrows to read more about each position.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) is recognised by Sport Scotland as the sport’s governing body. It has a duty to ensure the child wellbeing and protection of all children and young people who participate in the sport as defined in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

RSCDS has policies and practices in place to support the delivery of this duty.

In order to maintain the standards at Scottish governing body level and support RSCDS Branches and Affiliated Groups we are seeking to appoint an experienced volunteer, currently resident in Scotland, to lead and promote child wellbeing and protection in our organisation.

Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer (CWPO)

The volunteer post holder will report to the Management Board through the RSCDS Chairman.

Main duties – Everyone has a responsibility to ensure children and young people are safe from harm. However, in an organisation the Child Wellbeing & Protection Officer (CWPO) will be the main point of contact to make it easy for everyone to know who to go to if they need support, advice or training or if they need to report a concern. They will ‘champion’ good practice and ensure consistency in safeguarding children and young people (please view the attached job description for more details).

Expected hours of work - estimated at two weeks per annum.

Location - This is a volunteer role which would primarily involve working from home but with access to the RSCDS office at 12 Coates Crescent as required (once re-opened). It would also involve supporting / advising on RSCDS events (for example the annual Junior Summer School event in St Andrews and Spring Fling events).

The post is regarded as regulated work and membership of the Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme will be required.

The CWPO will also be required to complete Sport Scotland / Children 1st Safeguarding training which is suitable for 18+ years.

Completed nomination forms, along with a CV and candidate profile, should be returned to by 31 March 2021.

For further information please contact the RSCDS Office Manager.


CWPO Apply Now

We are inviting applications for the role of RSCDS Treasurer for appointment by the RSCDS Management Board and confirmation at the AGM in November 2021.

Interested members are invited to submit their nomination form, candidate profile and a current CV to by Friday 5 March 2021.

All expressions of interest will be acknowledged. A short list of candidates will be drawn up by the HR Panel and invited for interview (date and details tbc).

This post is voluntary and will be offered on a 3+3 years basis, for continuity. The RSCDS Treasurer will be a Trustee and therefore a Board Member with full voting rights. Travel costs incurred in the role of Treasurer/Trustee will be reimbursed.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Overall, actively support the Board in securing the long-term financial stability of the Society  
  • Report to and advise the Board quarterly, and the members annually on the Society’s financial matters
  • Named individual for the Society’s financial matters (bank authorisations, external queries etc)


  • Oversee and scrutinise annual budget ahead of each financial year
  • Oversee and scrutinise quarterly Management Accounts, final edit on report to Board
  • Attend quarterly FGAP meetings and report on the Management Accounts
  • Attend quarterly Board meetings and report on finance matters (recommending the budget, annual accounts, audit issues and investment performance)
  • Attend Audit Clearance meeting to discuss annual accounts and audit
  • Present the annual accounts to members at the AGM

Person Specification:

  • Senior finance background (e.g. accountant, investment manager, banker)
  • Understanding/experience of a charitable organisation
  • Understanding/experience of a business environment
  • Commitment to the Society’s aims and objectives

Informal enquiries should be made to



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