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The largest city social care charity in the UK

VSA is the UK's largest city social care charity supporting the people of Aberdeen & North-east Scotland since 1870. We provide support to people with a mental health diagnosis, complex learning needs, loneliness and isolation, and additional support needs.

Established in 1870, VSA has helped thousands of the most vulnerable people and their families living in our communities across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Today, VSA provides vital support and services to people of all ages across four core areas, Children and Families, Adult and Community, Education and Learning, and Carers’ Support. At VSA we support a person’s physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing through a range of residential and outreach support services.

We are incredibly proud to be able to say that 95p in every pound donated to VSA goes directly to our charitable work across Aberdeen.

Across all of our service areas we support the most vulnerable in our communities living with:

  • Complex learning difficulties
  • A mental health diagnosis
  • Loneliness & isolation
  • Additional support needs

 Your support helps us to give vulnerable people in Aberdeen the skills, opportunities, experiences, and environments they need to realise their dreams and lead more independent and integrated lives.

Message from Kenneth Simpson, VSA Chief Executive

As Chief Executive of VSA, I’m delighted to be able to head up a team of dedicated staff and volunteers throughout Aberdeen city and the shire who provide services to thousands of our most vulnerable people.

At VSA our aim is to put our service users at the heart of all that we do regarding our planning and the delivery of our services. That’s why we continue to be successful after 140 years of providing social care and support across Aberdeen city and the North East of Scotland.

VSA is Aberdeen’s major social care charity; in fact it’s the largest city social care charity in the UK. Its success has been in its innovative approach to merging and bringing other local charities together to ensure that the people in Aberdeen are provided with the best of care.

We cannot do this on our own. We need the continued support of hundreds of firms, individuals and groups across the city and shire as well as trusts and other organisations to help us raise the funds that we need – nearly £17 million every year – to ensure that we can continue to provide the best possible services to the most vulnerable people in our local communities.


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