The largest city social care charity in the UK

As a leading social care charity, with over 150 years of experience, we have always been at the forefront of providing vital care and support to vulnerable children and adults living across Aberdeen, and beyond.

We support people through some of the most challenging times they have ever experienced; we help them to take control of their lives for a brighter and better future.

Every day we change lives by supporting a person’s physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing through a wide range of health and social care services such as: residential services and community outreach programmes.


We support vulnerable children and adults who are living with: a mental health diagnosis, complex additional learning and support needs, addiction (drugs and alcohol), loneliness and isolation and living in extreme poverty.

Despite the tremendous challenges that a child, or an adult, can face it is amazing to see that by providing the right support, care, experiences, and opportunities how much a life can change.

Our extraordinary work has always depended on the generosity of our amazing supporters. Every day, the work we do provides you with an opportunity to make a difference and help shape a life for a better future.

Across all of the services we provide, we promote equality, inclusion, diversity and support for BAME communities.

VSA - delivering the best of care so that people can live the best of lives since 1870.

Our Mission


Our Vision

VSA has a vision for what we want the charity to achieve over the long term: "To build a strong and caring community."

Our Values

The charity is founded upon values that reflect a desire to engage with and listen to the people who need and use our services, volunteers, partners and staff:


People who are in need of our services and support will be at the heart of our policies, planning and work.


We will work to provide the best care to meet the needs of people who use our services.


We will embrace, promote, and foster partnerships to deliver our services in the most inclusive way for individuals in our care.


We will respect and value the people we work with - those who need and use our services, partner organisations, volunteers and staff - treating them with kindness and dignity.

Governance & Leadership

VSA, like all charities, is governed by a Board of Trustees (non-executive directors).

The Board of Trustees, led by the Chair, work with VSA's senior leadership team to provide strategic direction and guidance to the charity, and ensure the charity is fulfilling its mission.


Our Impact

Every vulnerable child and adult deserves an opportunity to get the help, care and support they need to realise their dreams and reach their full potential.

We work to change and improve the lives of children, young people, families, adults and people in their later years in life. We do this by supporting people from birth to end of life across a wide range of social care services.



people supported



different services


16,160 +

hours volunteered


5 Star

inspector rate



fuel poverty grants distributed



mental wellbeing support calls made to unpaid carers



mental wellbeing counselling sessions provided digitally to adults



unpaid carers supported



adults supported residentially



school-based counselling sessions delivered virtually to 42 children aged between 8-18

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150 years of changing children’s and adults' lives

From a person’s first breath through to their last, VSA has stood next to the people of Aberdeen for over 150 years offering care, support, and vital services to vulnerable people living in our communities as and when they need it.

As times have changed, so has the way we have delivered our services but always with one ambition: to give the people of Aberdeen, and beyond, the best of care to enable them to live the best of lives.

Impact Reports

Our annual report and accounts tell the story of our impact, over the last year, as well as bringing to life our continued dedication, passion and care in helping to change the lives of vulnerable children and adults forever.

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