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International wellbeing support for accountants

CABA services director Kelly Feehan discusses the organisation’s new Brexit support initiative, and highlights through a case study the depth and reach of critical assistance for accountants to establish them on their career journey

In February 2020, CABA, the wellbeing charity for ICAEW chartered accountants and their families, launched its Brexit campaign to support those affected by the UK’s upcoming departure from the EU.

Over 6,500 ICAEW members living in the UK and Europe now have access to vital support services, including specialised legal advice and professional counselling.

For those who are facing potentially life-changing challenges around issues such as citizenship and residency, healthcare and employment, these services will provide a much-needed lifeline.

But the Brexit campaign is just the tip of the iceberg of the services CABA provides for chartered accountants living abroad. In the countries where the charity has clients, which spans much of the globe, it offers services such emotional support, career coaching, financial assistance, health and carer support, personal coaching and access to its extensive online learning resources.

In cases where it does not have a presence in a certain country where a member needs support, it will still look to provide bespoke support to meet their individual needs.

How it delivers these services varies across the different regions, particularly if face-to-face communication is not possible, but most are available online or over the phone. While the services are available in English, CABA also works with local service providers to provide face-to-face support in a member’s local language. In some cases, it can also provide translation support, if required.

As part of its commitment to expand its international reach, CABA also holds events and workshops in key countries around the globe. This year, its planned itinerary already includes Cyprus, Greece, Spain, France, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore – with more expected to be added.

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