A charity which supports children and families in the city recover from trauma and abuse faces losing its Aberdeen base.
National charity Children 1st, could see its Aberdeen base in North Silver Street close as it looks to “redevelop” the services it provides, after losing its core funding from Aberdeen City Council two years ago.
Five members of staff are also facing redundancy at the charity as a result of the changes.
The organisation, which provides hands-on support to meet the needs of families under stress due to a range of issues including poverty, mental health and alcohol or drug misuse, invested £194,000 in its Aberdeen service last year alone.
But it now faces an uncertain future with discussions ongoing between the charity and Aberdeen City Council over the future of its base.
Mary Glasgow, chief executive, Children 1st said: “We understand and appreciate the concern and level of support, shown for our work to support children and families in Aberdeen to recover from trauma and abuse.
“It is heartening to know how much people care about the current service, at a time when we’ve had to make some difficult decisions about its future.
“Two years ago we lost the core funding for our local Aberdeen service and we have invested heavily in the local service since.
“After discussions with partners, it has however become clear that the level of funding required to support the Aberdeen service, in its current form, is not available long-term.
“We are committed to continuing to support children and families in Aberdeen, and the wider north-east, and are in ongoing discussions with the council about potential options for new local services that meet the most pressing needs of children and families.
“We will continue to support the children and families we are currently working with until the end of May and make sure they are linked with ongoing support from other organisations, if they need it.
“Our Scotland-wide Parentline service, which is already used by families in the north-east, will also continue to offer support to local children and families.
“As we work with partners to redevelop the local service, the support that communities in Aberdeen and the north-east provide for our work to prevent and protect children from harm and to support them to recover from trauma and abuse remains as vital as ever.”
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The charity provides individual family support to 22 children and family members to help them recover from trauma and abuse and to build safe, strong family relationships.
It is also supporting the development of children and families emotional wellbeing and safety through group work with children in three city schools.
An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “There has been no recent reduction in funding to Children 1st.
“A recommissioning of services delivered by the third sector was undertaken in 2017.
“As a result of this a consortium bid involving Children 1st was unsuccessful.
“At the time of recommissioning less than half of the referrals to Children 1st came from Aberdeen City Council’s Children’s Social Work Service yet it was the only local public agency which funded the service.
“Children 1st themselves recognise that their service model in Aberdeen needs to evolve. As such we will continue to work with Children 1st to explore opportunities for future services for children and families in Aberdeen.
“We want to ensure that there is a range of local support available through statutory services, the third sector and other partners which best meets the needs of children, their families and communities.”