VSA’s vital work ramps up on unprecedented scale
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.”