SCABA: The charity for CAs in need
The Scottish Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (SCABA) is a charity which supports CAs, their dependants and prospective CAs who are in need. SCABA was founded in 1919 and since then has supported hundreds of members and their families.
How does SCABA help?
We are here to help from the moment you step on the path to becoming a CA, throughout your professional life, and beyond. Your dependants can access our services too.
Life changing events mean that support may be needed for a variety of reasons such as ill health, redundancy, debt, re-training etc.
We help by providing grants, loans and support visits. We can provide:
- Ongoing support grants when you are struggling financially.
- One-off grants for example; for respite care, home adaptations and specialist equipment, funeral costs.
- Training grants in situations where working in your chosen profession is no longer an option.
- A financial advisor to help you get things under control and ease the pressure.
- A visit from our Outreach Coordinator to provide a listening ear and practical support such as ensuring that you are accessing all the benefits and support available to you.
SCABA also provide support to students who are studying towards their CA qualification.
Hear from our beneficiaries
"A few years ago, I became ill and had to leave my employment as a Chartered Accountant and Financial Auditor. I contacted SCABA to see if they could be of any help in my time of need. They have surpassed my expectations on all fronts. I have kept in regular contact with SCABA which has provided emotional support and guidance. I have been able to continue living independently with financial grants which has made an enormous difference to my quality of life. SCABA has also been able to help me participate in some adult education courses which has been an important part of my recovery. Without SCABA, none of this would have been possible and I am so very grateful for the ongoing support and help that I receive." - WW.
"No matter how well you prepare and plan for eventualities, sometimes the unexpected can hit in ways you simply can't imagine. SCABA was there for me and my family to provide the support that meant I could focus 100% on my recovery. The compassion and speed with which they dealt with me took so much stress away, words alone really cannot express how much this has meant to me. My heartfelt thanks go to the Trustees." - AL
“I had to stop working because of illness. I received a grant from SCABA which helped me run a car, I lived in a rural area, and keep my independence. This enabled me to go swimming which was the only exercise I could manage, this ensured my mobility did not deteriorate even more. In addition, I received extra grants when recuperating from operations, this helped me pay for extra help at home as I was living on my own. The association also helped with any form filling etc and I always knew that there was support there should I need it which was very reassuring. “ - JH
Apply for assistance
For any questions or for help when completing the form, contact Kirsty Gray - Charity Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0778 043 5415
Or write to
The Scottish Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association
PO Box 29482
How can you support the work of SCABA?
Now, as much as ever the continued generosity of members via donations and legacies is vital to help SCABA continue its work.
Other ways to donate are by cheque, made payable to SCABA, to the address above, via your annual renewal form or through a bequest in your will. Thank you – we are very grateful for your kindness in supporting our work.
Are you passionate about supporting your fellow members facing challenges?
We are looking for empathetic and compassionate fellow CAs to join our current team of Trustees to support the continuous development of SCABA. It is a rewarding organisation to be part of and by volunteering with us you can make a real difference to the lives of those we support. You will be joining SCABA at a very exciting time as we implement a governance review, with a new brand.
The role will involve working with Council members, the Charity Manager, and the Outreach Coordinator. Council ensures we meet our governance, legal and strategic responsibilities while advocating for SCABA’s vision and objectives. You’ll use your communication skills to share your thoughts and questions in a constructive way, whilst bringing a diligence to preparing and attending meetings. An interest in, or knowledge or experience of, individual grant giving, benevolent organisations, or a lived experience of challenging times would be welcome. We will accept applications from experienced or first-time trustees with the right skills.
The time commitment is for four meetings a year which are held during the day In CA House at Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh (usually a Friday). Remote access to meetings is an option.
If you are interested in becoming a trustee or want to know more, then please contact Kirsty Gray CA - Charity Manager at email@example.com or call 07780 435415.
The Scottish Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association is a charity registered in Scotland SC008365.