CABA, the charity for ICAEW members, helped a record number of ICAEW accountants and their families in 2015, with more than 13,000 people accessing support, a 135% increase on 2014, according to its annual impact report
The charity says over 1,200 people received personal support, while more than 2,000 people took advantage of personal and professional development courses, some 4,000 attended joint events with ICAEW and over 6,000 people used its online tools and advice. CABA also provided over £1m in grants and donations.
Enquiries into CABA were up 18% to 1,611 in 2015, and the charity says it worked with people in financial difficulties and their creditors to address over £4.5m in collective debt.
Kath Haines, CABA’s chief executive, said: ‘In the last year alone, some of our highlights include helping 88 people back into paid employment and 20 people to set up their own business.
‘We are delighted to be able to help a variety of people with different wellbeing issues, and see how our advice and support can guide them to a successful career and a healthy life in the future.’
CABA also launched several new advice and support services during the course of the year, including the wellbeing zone on its website. The charity extended family support to dependants up to the age of 25, introduced new personal and professional development courses, launched ‘Find Me Help’ – a signposting services for end of life support - and a befriending service which is designed to combat loneliness in later life.
Haines said: ‘Over 500,000 people across the globe are eligible for CABA’s support, and over the next year we hope to expand our offering even further.’
CABA’s impact report is here