As we we plan our response to the miracle of our company reaching its 30th year we decided that we’d try to set some criteria – it’s a big thing for us and it needs to be thoughtfully approached !
We want to give something back to the City – Aberdeen has been good to us and hopefully we’ve been good for the city over our lifetime. We also want whatever we do to have a lasting impact.
We know the last couple of years have been tough for just about everyone in the city, and while there are signs of recovery we know we’re not out of the woods quite yet. We also know, having seen a few decades of the oil industry that we’ll probably be here again at some point!
Many people in the city are facing financial crises which they never expected to be facing – and often they find that the standard routes to assistance don’t work for them. Going from a well-paid job to unemployment can often result in being ineligible for government support while being left with severe debt and this can in turn lead to all kinds of other issues.
A local charity called Ditch Debt with Dignity aims to support people from all backgrounds, offering debt counselling and practical help in getting their finances on a firmer footing. Pisys will support the charity’s running costs for the next 3 years, which will allow them to train a team of debt counsellors who can help to deal with the increased demand for the service.
We’re proud to be involved with a small charity who are just focussed on doing the right thing, offering support without judgement and making a real difference in the lives of hundreds of people, many of whom are our neighbours and friends.