Aberdeen social care charity benefits from housebuilder’s donation

SOCIAL care charity VSA Aberdeen has received a £1,000 donation as part of Barratt Developments North Scotland’s first 2021 Community Fund giveaway.

Barratt Developments revealed it celebrated a record year in 2020 after its charitable efforts topped more than £46,000 in donations across Scotland.

Each year the housebuilder works with local causes, and throughout the pandemic it has continued its work through the Barratt and David Wilson Community Fund, which donates £1,000 to a deserving cause in each of its three Scottish divisions every month.

VSA is a 150-year-old charity that offers care, support and other vital services to vulnerable people in Aberdeen. The charity will use the donation to help develop its new care facility, Abergeldie House, which will have space for 20 residents, with staff providing support for an additional 40 people at home.

David Palmer, MD at Barratt North Scotland, said, “VSA carries out vital work during these difficult times, providing crucial mental health services to the community in Aberdeen. We’re pleased to be able to help the charity reach their fundraising goal and hope that our donation will allow them to expand their services to those in need.”

Jennifer Mitchell, director of external relations at VSA Aberdeen, added, “We are incredibly grateful to Barratt Homes for their donation towards our mental health campaign. The stress of coping with the pandemic, coupled with financial and job uncertainty has placed immense pressure on people’s mental wellbeing. We look forward to being in a position to open this much needed new facility later this summer.”