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YUMI Treasurer

YUMI (York Unifying and Multicultural Initiative) is looking to appoint a new Treasurer from July 2nd, when our current Treasurer steps down. YUMI has been established since November 2004, and up until now has been a predominantly activities- and events-based voluntary organisation, operating city wide and with a strong local reputation for intercultural initiatives. We are now markedly increasing our scope and capacity, and will become an incorporated charity by the end of the year.

The Treasurer will oversee the financial matters of the charity in line with good practice and in accordance with the governing document and legal requirements and report to the Management Committee at regular intervals about the financial health of the organisation. The Treasurer will ensure that effective financial measures, controls and procedures are put in place, and are appropriate for the charity.

We’re looking for someone who has experience of working in the voluntary sector, and who is able to support our financial management as we increase our activities, income and expenditure, staff and governance procedures. Our current Management Committee is a team of seven people, including three advisers and the founder/director.

Main Responsibilities

• Overseeing, and presenting budgets, accounts, management accounts and financial statements to the Management Committee after discussion with the finance director, where applicable,
• leading in the Management Committee’s duty to ensure that proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are properly controlled, invested and economically spent, in line with the charity’s policies, good governance, legal and regulatory requirements,
• leading in the development and implementation of financial reserves, cost management and investment policies,
• liaising, where applicable, with the finance director or other appropriate member of staff responsible for the financial activities of the organisation,
• chairing any finance committee in line with standing orders and terms of reference, and reporting back to the Management Committee,
• liaising with the charity’s auditors or independent examiner, where appropriate,
• monitoring and advising on the financial viability of the charity after liaising with the charity’s auditors,
• creating, in liaison with the finance director (where there is one), sound financial instruments for the control of charity assets,
• Implementing and monitoring specific financial controls and systems are in place accordingly and adhered to,
• advising on the financial implications of the charity’s strategic plan,
• overseeing the charity’s financial risk-management process,
• liaising with the charity secretary and finance director, where applicable, to ensure that the charity’s annual accounts are compliant with the current Charities SORP,
• where the charity has an internal audit function, the Treasurer will be required to work closely with the internal audit team and any sub-committee of the Management Committee,
• acting as a counter-signatory on charity cheques (including any electronic transactions) and any applications for funds,
• maintaining sound financial management of the charity’s resources, ensuring expenditure is in line with the charity’s objects,
• contributing to the fundraising strategy of the organisation.

You can read more about YUMI on:

If you’re interested in this voluntary position, please get in touch: contact Sasiki at, and provide a relevant CV and statement of interest.

The world famous Mysore Brothers in York

It would be impossible to write about all the amazing stuff that goes on in York, but from time to time things come across my radar that need sharing!

On Sunday 23rd September at 4PM India’s greatest violinist duo, the Mysore Brothers, perform in the UK for the first time.

The gig at the National Centre for Early Music is a rare opportunity to hear Carnatic music performed at its very best.

The NCEM provides the perfect setting for this intimate concert. Full details can be found –

You can read more about the artist here



Omar Puente

If it is not enough that one of the Raghu Dixit: unplugged  tracks is included on the free cover CD – Songlines Magazine have given us another good reason to buy this month with a great little feature on Yorkshire’s own Omar Puente.

The brilliant Cuban jazz violinist has made his home in Bradford and he talks in the article about the great diversity in the region’s music scene. He even gets in a little plug for the Bradford Mela.

You can find the magazine via their website:  Songlines Magazine

And listen to Omar’s latest release on iTunes: From There to Here – Omar Puente


Yumi York & Fish Curry!

As some of you will know i’ve been involved with Yumi York for some time now in various capacities, from working on the festival events to supporting the strategic development of the organisation. Yumi is a great grassroots project celebrating the wide and varied range of people, backgrounds, cultures and stories in York.

Each month they publish a newsletter (you can sign up on the website) – this month’s included a traditional Bangladeshi Fish Curry  by Monwara Yesmin – Which has always been a favourite of mine at our events. So i thought i’d share it here too!

Do have a look at the Yumi website for more details about the project (and more great international recipes) They are also on twitter @YUMIYork.

in Mona’s words:

Fish curry and rice

Preparation time 30 mins

Serves 4-6

4 fillets solid white fish (in York: Pungashi fish, from Freshways on Hull Rd)

2 medium onions

2 medium peeled potatoes

5-6 fresh green chillies (including seeds, according to taste)

4-5 garlic cloves, peeled

3 fresh tomatoes

3 tbs olive/vegetable oil

1tsp each: dried red chilli powder; turmeric powder; dhania(coriander) powder

¼ tsp ground black pepper

1 1/2 tsp ground jeera (cumin)

1 tsp salt (or to taste)

1 cup water



Wash the fish and cut into bite-size pieces

Heat the oil and fry the garlic till golden

Add onions and salt (about 1 tsp according to taste)

Fry for a few seconds

Reduce to low heat and continue cooking 5-7 mins

Cut tomatoes and potatoes into bite size cubes

Add tomatoes, red chilli, turmeric, dhania, green chilli and black pepper to the garlic/ onion mixture

Fry for 5 mins on medium heat

Add fish and potato, stir gently

Add one cup of water and bring gently to the boil

Reduce and cook for 5 mins on low heat without lid

Add ground jeera

Cook for further 10 mins with lid

Add fresh dhania and cook for further 5 mins

Serve with rice or chappati* and salad**


I fried jeera (cumin seed) and finely sliced onion until golden, then added the rice, stirred,

added salt to taste, brought to the boil and simmered for about 10-12 mins.


I used a mixture of salads to accompany: freshly sliced limes, whole green chillies; sliced tomatoes

and onion mixed with mustard oil; and a hot, sour mixed pickle (lime, aubergine etc bought in Bradford)