North-east social care charity VSA has announced today that it has launched a new service that has been designed to support adults of all ages across the city. The new community-based at home service - VSA Connect, will provide extra support to people living in their own home across Aberdeen. The service will support people living with a learning disability, mental health conditions, dementia, Parkinson's, or other health-related conditions, and much-needed respite for unpaid carers. The service has been designed in consultation with the people it will support to ensure that it provides vital practical, emotional, social, and mental wellbeing support for vulnerable people living at home.

Dr. Kenneth Simpson, Chief Executive at VSA, said: “After speaking with people who need and use our services we identified that there was a gap in provision to support unpaid carers at home, which is why we have launched this new service to help bridge that gap; but also to support people of all ages and needs across Aberdeen who need a little bit of extra help at home or some much-needed respite time."

The charity, which had to close its Airyhall Carers Respite Service earlier this year due to funding being cut, looked at the demand for delivering a new home-based service, which led to the new VSA Connect service. Due to changes in the provision of carer's respite services, VSA explored the need for a new support service at home that can be self-funded or funded through self-directed support. The charity's new VSA Connect service supports people at home with various tasks, including personal care, support with medication, help with household tasks, and social interaction such as outings and companionship.

Kelly Pickavance, manager of VSA Connect as VSA, said: "Whether you or your loved one is aged 25 or 95, our VSA Connect service is here for you to help assist you at home. We have a team of highly-trained support staff that will work with you to create a bespoke plan to fit your needs and lifestyle. If you are unsure about self-directed support and need any advice, our team would be delighted to have a conversation with you and let you know what options are available and how we could help you."

Dr. Simpson added: "Over the course of our 150 year history, we have continually evolved our services to help support the needs of vulnerable children and adults across Aberdeen. The new service will provide people across Aberdeen with the support they need to help lead happy, healthy, and meaningful lives."

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