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North-east charity VSA announces construction has restarted on £3.2 million state-of-the-art mental wellbeing centre

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, construction at the new wellbeing centre in Aberdeen had to be delayed, however, the charity announced that construction has now re-commenced.

In line with government guidance, MTM Construction and VSA have put in place all necessary safety measures to enable social distancing, PPE and hand hygiene for all staff and contractors.

The new 20-bed mental wellbeing residential facility will support adults with a range of mental health illnesses on their journey to recovery.

Kenneth Simpson, VSA’s Chief Executive, said: “This is undoubtedly one of the most challenging periods any of us have had to face, but for many people already living with a mental health condition, it is starting to have a profound effect. So, we are delighted that we have been able to start construction again on our new mental wellbeing centre, making this facility a reality and changing the lives of people who need our support for the better.”

The charity hopes to have the wellbeing centre open later this year but needs the help of the North-east to reach their remaining target of £500,000.

Jennifer Mitchell, Director of External Relations for VSA, said: “Now more than ever we need your support. It is a really difficult time for many households and businesses across Aberdeen, but if people can step forward to make a donation or fundraise in aid of VSA this would be fantastic and greatly appreciated by the vulnerable people whose lives we help change”

The new unit will support people using one of VSA’s highly regarded mental health support techniques known as the recovery model. Many people who have experiences of using mental health services are used to having things done to them or for them, however, the VSA recovery model is about empowering the individual to take control of their lives and understand how to live with their condition. The recovery model encourages individuals to make goals such as developing a new hobby or going out on social activity.

VSA works with individuals on a plan to help them achieve their goals. The charity believes that each person’s journey is unique to them and should be done at their own pace while VSA supports them through this process.

To donate please visit: https://giving.vsa.org.uk/cf/a72/ChangingLives#!/ or cheques can be sent to VSA 38 Castle Street, Aberdeen.

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