SCABA: The charity for CAs in need

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By Eleanor O’Neill, CA Today

3 December 2018

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

According to UNESCO, “This year’s theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring their inclusiveness and equality in society, encouraging the combined action of multiple stakeholders in order to “leave no one behind”.

Founded in 1919, to assist widows and children of CAs who were injured or killed in the Great War, the Scottish Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association (SCABA) offers assistance to ICAS members and their dependants who may need a helping hand.

The CA qualification provides members with the knowledge and tools to help secure a long and successful career.

However, the future holds very few guarantees and for a small number of CAs things can turn out very differently to what they may have planned.

Sometimes completely unexpectedly and often through no fault of their own, the life of a CA can drastically change. This is when SCABA can help CAs or their dependants.

SCABA can help, not just financially by way of grants or loans, but also through practical support and guidance.

The charity’s small team includes a support worker who has many years of experience working across the NHS, social work and the benefits system.

Reaching out

Each individual case where help has been requested is considered in complete confidence by the SCABA Council.

A member of the Council or a local representative acting on its behalf will contact the applicant and arrange a visit if appropriate. Following this initial meeting, an application, together with a report and recommendation, will be made to the SCABA Council for approval.

Ill health, death and unemployment are just some of the areas in which SCABA has provided help.

As well as providing ongoing support, SCABA has assisted with house modifications due to disability, housing repairs, respite care, retraining, university fees for dependants, and much more.

This is the kind of life-changing help that has been made possible by the generous donations and legacies of past and present CAs on whom SCABA relies.

SCABA has been able to assist in hundreds of difficult situations for ICAS members and their families.

As we approach the festive period, now is the perfect time to embrace the season of giving and help those who need that extra bit of support that could make all the difference.

If you would like to give to SCABA you can do so via your annual renewal or by donating directly.

For more information about the Scottish Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association (SCABA) or to make a charitable donation, contact the SCABA Council.

The Scottish Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association is a charity registered in Scotland SC008365.


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