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This blog was written by VSA, Charity Partner of the 2022 Annual Lecture. You can donate to VSA here.

Today we help change the lives of over 20,000 vulnerable children and adults each year, helping people to thrive. We do this by supporting a person’s physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing through a range of residential and outreach support services. Across all of our services, we support people living with learning disabilities, a mental health diagnosis, loneliness and isolation, additional support needs, poverty, addiction, and long-life conditions such as Parkinson’s and Dementia.

Our residential & community outreach settings are wide ranging and include a Residential School, an Operational Farm, Care Homes and Assisted Living Communities for people in their later years in life through to specialist mental health& wellbeing recovery facilities.

Situated in Peterculter, the farm has 75 acres of arable land, used as a working farm, plus 20 acres of woodland, which normally attracts over 20,000 visitors from across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, and beyond.

The farm and its associated woodland, conservation, and education areas provide a vital and invaluable community resource.

At Easter Anguston Farm we rely on companies across the region to undertake micro volunteering days, enabling us to enhance the environment and experiences on offer at the farm to the people who need and use this service. The farm is of great community benefit and is a valuable resource that can be accessed by children and adults from areas of high deprivation or regeneration across the city.

For many children, it is the first time they have experienced a family day out, nature, seen animals up close, or have an opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and play parks that Easter Anguston Farm can offer. (We do not charge any entry fee) We also have many sensory areas across the farm for children with additional support needs; Recently with thanks to BP we developed our woodland walks to incorporate disabled access enabling children or adults with disabilities to access woodland and connect with nature.

Together with your support we have the power to change the life of a vulnerable child or adult.