Aberdeen Action on Disability has been running since 1992. We’ve been supplying vital aid, advice and services to the physical and sensory communities of Aberdeen for 27 years now.
Unfortunately, if we can’t secure funding to cover our core costs, we might have to close with the people we help losing their service, and it might happen sooner rather than later.
We run a few projects- ranging from social activities to battle social isolation to helping people get the benefits to which they are entitled. Our services are so well thought of that we receive referrals from former clients, other charities and even council departments and health services.
We also advocate on behalf of our members and the disability community, fighting to make sure the systems which exist to support people with disabilities are fit for purpose.
We have had some success in securing funding for projects. What we really need is the core funding that makes things like paying our single member of staff, keeping the lights in the office on and all the other bits that make these projects possible.
When a charity applies for funding for a project, the money they receive is ring-fenced for that project- it can’t be spent on other things. That means that while we can run projects, we are finding it difficult to keep the lights on. There’s not much point in having loads of projects if we have nowhere to run them and no one to administer the organisation.
We take great pride in doing a lot with very little- our running costs are about £30,000 a year. With this, we helped with 1,385 enquiries about benefits alone last year. Unfortunately, as the workload grows year on year, we’ve found it harder and harder to secure the vital funding that keeps it all running.
We really want to be able to keep offering the help and support that we’ve been offering for 27 years, but as we no longer receive any funding towards our running costs from statutory bodies, despite us quite often taking on referrals from their departments.
We might have to close our doors, so we’re turning to you.
We can’t offer much in return, except the knowledge that someone is fighting for those who need it, but we need your help.
Please, help us keep the lights on.