What's it all about?
There are currently limited spaces and opportunities for activist groups in Aberdeen to come together. The centre provides a shared space, check out our video and take the tour!
The money raised will be used to cover the running costs of the centre while we build our memberships and affiliations. Some of the things we need to pay for: monthly rent, insurance, printing, materials for demonstrations/protests, solidarity travel, etc.
Who We Are
Aberdeen Social Centre is a dynamic space for progressive groups and individuals working to build a better future in Aberdeen. Our long-term vision is for a sustainable world, free from exploitation. Our focus is on grassroots, political and community organising, and building connections and capacity within Aberdeen’s activist community. We are based on the co-operation of equals, in the spirit of mutual aid, solidarity and empowerment.
What We Stand For
Equality – we recognise that all people have equal value, and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of who they are or where they’re from. We actively work against inequality and discrimination.
Diversity – we celebrate the many ways of being human, and we recognise that everyone can make a valuable contribution. We actively work to make our organisations and events inclusive for all people who share our values, regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or beliefs.
Sustainability – we recognise that the way we extract, distribute and consume resources has caused profound harm to all life on the planet we share. We actively work for a more sustainable society, environmental justice, and fairer distribution of resources.
Social Justice – we recognise unequal power relationships and historical injustice, and we believe in holding power to account. We actively challenge injustice, exploitation, poverty and war, and we stand on the side of the oppressed.
Solidarity – we recognise that all progressive struggles are interconnected; none of us can stand alone. We actively support other progressive causes, and we avoid undermining allies.
Empowerment – we support the right to protest and we believe that people should be able to take part in shaping their world, in ways that are meaningful to them. We actively support empowerment campaigns, e.g. for workers’ rights, tenants’ rights, migrants’ rights, political participation, etc.
Education & Activism – we believe that both knowledge and action are necessary to change the world. We actively share our knowledge, learn from others, and take individual and collective action towards social change.
What We Stand Against
Intolerance, exploitation, inequality, sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, bigotry, hunting and "blood sports", right-wing politics, fascism, violence, war, militarism, imperialism, monarchy and imposed hierarchies.
The Centre is a safe space for people who share our values.
The Centre is non-partisan and does not endorse any political parties or religions.
The Centre is self-managed and non-hierarchical. We make decisions collectively, and all activity is carried out by volunteers. The Centre is non-profit; membership and affiliation fees help to cover running costs.
For those who agree with the values listed here, full membership (with access to decision-making processes) is available for individuals, and affiliation is available for groups and organisations, with the exception of profit-making businesses, political parties in government at local, Scottish, UK or EU level, and any groups or organisations deemed unsuitable by the Centre’s Organising Committee.
Events that take place at the Centre must align with the principles and values listed here, and must not promote religious views. Generally speaking, there should be a focus on grassroots, political, or community organising, and/or education relating to political issues (in the widest sense).
Events must be free or donation-only; fundraising events are acceptable, but payment cannot be required for entry.