Thanking ICAS Foundation Volunteers during National Volunteers’ Week
Discover the role of volunteers in the ICAS Foundation and how you can get involved
National Volunteers’ Week runs from 1-7 June every year in the UK, providing an opportunity to celebrate and thank millions of volunteers for the massive contribution they make throughout the year.
It may not feel like a time to celebrate considering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but volunteering continues to play a critical role during these turbulent times.
Whether supporting local charities through formal volunteering roles, or providing informal support to neighbours and local communities, many of the services relied on by the most vulnerable in society are maintained and delivered by volunteers.
The ICAS Foundation and volunteers
Since its inception, volunteers have played a central role in delivering the charitable aims of the ICAS Foundation, through management roles on the Board of Trustees and delivering vital mentoring assistance to students.
The volunteers on the Board of Trustees include CAs and those involved in universities and education.
Their wealth of knowledge and experience is invaluable in helping direct the focus and ambitions of the ICAS Foundation, whilst ensuring the it continues to provide relevant support and opportunities for academically talented students living in disadvantaged communities.
CAs, including those who have served on ICAS Council and committees, provide insight to help prepare students for potential careers in accountancy and finance.
The Foundation Trustees recently welcomed past ICAS Council member Colin Crosby CA to the Board bringing the total number of Trustees to 11.
Some 120 CAs are currently volunteering as mentors to support university students on the Foundation programme.
Together with the financial support provided by the Foundation, mentoring is a critical component in helping students develop their skills to prepare them for the workplace.
Mentors are there to offer encouragement and act as a sounding board for their queries, ensuring they make the best of their time at university.
The mentoring programme has continued during the UK lockdown, albeit face to face contact is suspended during the current crisis. The mentors are able to support students in adapting to changing educational provisions and university’s exam arrangements.
“The support of the ICAS Foundation has helped me in a variety of ways. My mentor in particular has been a great asset through university, giving me advice about the paths and possibilities open to me upon graduating, and invaluable insight about the industry.” (Yasemin Turanli, former Robert Gordon University student)
How you can get involved
As a charity, the ICAS Foundation relies on the support of its volunteers, donors and advocates to continue delivering vital assistance to young people from disadvantaged communities. Thank you to everyone who continues to assist the Foundation and our work. Right now, as all charities face challenges during the pandemic and beyond, your support is even more critical in ensuring that no academically talented student misses out on the opportunity to study accounting or finance at university.
You can help ICAS Foundation students by:
- Volunteering to mentor a student in the Autumn 2020 intake at any Scottish university, Lancaster University or the University of Birmingham.
- Giving a financial donation to the ICAS Foundation to help support our bursary scheme.
- Offering a remote work experience or internship opportunity to an ICAS Foundation student.
The ICAS Foundation is a charity registered in Scotland SC034836. You can find out more about the ICAS Foundation and how you can help at https://www.icasfoundation.org.uk/ or contact the ICAS Foundation team at firstname.lastname@example.org / 0131 347 0121.