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VSA launches £3.2m appeal to build state-of-the-art mental health facility

VSA, the North-east’s leading social care charity, has launched a ground-breaking £3.2 million campaign to revolutionise mental health care in Aberdeen and create a state-of-the-art mental wellbeing centre.

The new 20-bed mental wellbeing residential facility will assist people living with a range of mental health conditions and will expand upon VSA’s existing outreach support service. The campaign has already garnered the support of BP, Standard Life Aberdeen, Apache, The Robertson Trust, and the A G Bain Trust among others thus far. 

Tim Smith, VP Communications & External Affairs, BP North Sea, said: “BP is delighted to pledge our support to help raise funds for this fantastic project. Changing how mental health is viewed and improving care for those struggling with mental health issues, is a growing challenge for society.  This facility will make a material difference in changing lives for the better.”

Kenneth Simpson, VSA’s Chief Executive, said: “This marks a historic day in VSA’s 149-year history and reaffirms our commitment to the people of the north-east. There is a growing demand for mental wellbeing support with one in three people in Scotland diagnosed with a mental health condition each year.”

“The new purpose-built facility, situated in the heart of Aberdeen, will support adults with a range of mental health illnesses on their journey to recovery. Together with the help of the people of Aberdeen and the tremendous support we’ve received to date, we can make this facility a reality and change the lives of the people who need our support for the better.”

The new facility will feature 20 en-suite bedrooms with a small kitchen area and lounge, a residential lounge, dining room, two relaxation rooms, a fully fitted kitchen, laundry room, office space, and a garden area.

Martin Gilbert, Vice Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen, is thrilled at the prospect of supporting the local charity. He said, “I’m very proud that Standard Life Aberdeen is partnering with VSA. Social care is critical, and the work VSA does for mental health in Aberdeen is hugely important. Communities need to come together to help and support the most vulnerable.”  

VSA, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2020, has been a part of the city’s fabric since 1870 and has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of the people of the north-east.

VSA delivers a range of social care services to people of all ages across the North-East of Scotland. VSA provides the best care and support to enable our community to fulfill its potential. You can find out more about VSA, and play your part to help change lives by visiting: www.vsa.org.uk  


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