VSA’s vi­tal work ramps up on un­prece­dented scale

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

Aberdeen As­so­ci­a­tion of So­cial Ser­vices – more com­monly known as VSA – is help­ing change the lives of thou­sands of the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and their fam­i­lies in com­mu­ni­ties across Aberdeen and Aberdeen­shire.

And it es­ti­mates that a score of dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions across the re­gion are cur­rently in­volved in rais­ing more than £50 mil­lion to help fund new cen­tres and fa­cil­i­ties for those who need them.

VSA pro­vides cru­cial back­ing to in­fants, chil­dren, adults and older peo­ple across four core ser­vice ar­eas: Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies, Adult and Com­mu­nity, Ed­u­ca­tion and Learn­ing, and Car­ers’ Sup­port.

Last year, it de­liv­ered more than two mil­lion hours of care, while lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses do­nated more than 11,500 hours of vol­un­teer­ing.

There’s noth­ing new about the generosity shown by peo­ple, both with their hearts and their heads, in the Gran­ite City.

VSA has been at the heart of the Aberdeen com­mu­nity since 1870 and will soon be cel­e­brat­ing chang­ing the lives of lo­cal res­i­dents for 150 years.

It also has some ex­cit­ing plans, which will be an­nounced in the New Year, in­clud­ing the launch of a ma­jor cap­i­tal ap­peal fo­cused around men­tal health.

Jen­nifer Mitchell, di­rec­tor of external re­la­tions, said yes­ter­day: “We have been chang­ing the lives of in­fants, chil­dren, adults and older peo­ple across a very broad and di­verse range of ser­vices that have evolved over time.

“As a char­ity, we have a rich her­itage which has deep roots, span­ning gen­er­a­tions of Aber­do­nians.

“We have been here for nearly 150 years, ready to catch peo­ple when they fall.

“We help to pick them up, care for them and give them re­as­sur­ance.”

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