Monthly Archives: December 2017
It was a privilege for us to be invited yesterday to the Christmas Party with the Leaving Care Team in Falkirk and to meet some of the young people involved and the team who look after them. Some of these young people have no family support, which means nowhere to go on Christmas day, with the help of this amazing team who work with them, they have managed to make sure that none of them will be alone on Christmas Day.
We realise how lucky we all are, especially at this time of year and so we were delighted to be able to give them gifts and gift cards so that they can buy something they might need themselves over Christmas.
We were also very thankful to Falkirk Football Club for the donating tickets for the match on 30th December and to Tommy Robson and Kieran Koszary taking the time to pop in last night too. Thank you also to Falkirk Stadium Company and to the Eat Up Scotland who run the kiosks at the Stadium for the donation of some goodies at the match.
Christmas came early last week at the office when Louise Cunningham passed her final ICAS exam. Having studied towards the CA qualification for 3 years, following her 4 years at university, Louise is very pleased to have finally achieved her goal and she can now enjoy her glass of fizz and the joy of not having to study in her spare time!
Mary Jack, Partner, commented “We at Drummond Laurie are all delighted and very proud of Louise in passing her final exam and achieving her goal of becoming a qualified Chartered Accountant. It is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my role to see young talented individuals succeed.”
At this time of year our thoughts are with those not as lucky as ourselves and as in previous years throughout December we’re supporting a very disadvantaged and vulnerable group of young people locally – The Care Leavers.
Leaving home is a challenging time for all young people, whatever their circumstances. For care leavers, without the help of a supportive family network to draw on, “challenging” is not strong enough. It is a precarious period when their future can hang in the balance.
In Falkirk there are currently 119 young people in this situation and 45 of them are living independently – this means that they have little or no family support network.
- The Leaving Care team provide “advice guidance and assistance” to young people who are or have been looked after.
- The majority of young people in Scotland still leave care at age 16 which is ten years younger than their peers.
- They are often ill prepared to live independently and have little or no supportive family they can rely on.
- Their past life experiences of separation from birth parents, abuse, neglect and bereavement mean they struggle to manage.
- Interrupted schooling and low self-esteem mean they are often unemployed and live in poverty.
- Often their aftercare worker is the one person they have a close trusting relationship with.
The team try to collect donations at this time and make up gift bags to ensure that they at least have something to open on Christmas Day and know that someone cares.
We hoping to purchase some gift cards for them and are also collecting toiletries, sweets and gifts. If you’re in the office you can buy a raffle ticket or scratch card for this cause. If you’ve any unwanted gifts or toiletries we’ll take them too.
Thank you in advance for helping us help some others!
Following on from our recent accreditation as a Platinum Approved Employer Trainee Development firm by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), we are now delighted to announce that we have also been accredited as an Approved Employer of Professional Development by ACCA. This is in recognition of our commitment to providing learning and development opportunities to our staff. Drummond Laurie are committed to their staff and ensuring that they have the skills required to achieve the best they possible can.