Media Release: Charity makes impact at city awards

AN Aberdeen charity is celebrating after reaching the finals of local awards that support the good work of organisations in the third sector.

Newton Dee, based in Bieldside, has been shortlisted at this year’s Aberdeen Impact Awards – an event that aims to raise awareness of the valuable work carried out by third sector groups in the city.

The annual awards, which are organised by Aberdeen’s third sector interface, ACVO (Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations), will take place on Saturday 20July, at the Insight Aberdeen Third Sector and Volunteering Fayre at the city’s Music Hall.

The category will recognise and promote the efforts and good practices of volunteers, fundraisers and third sector organisations.

Newton Dee, which offers supported accommodation for adults with special and complex needs, is one of three finalists in the Established Social Enterprise Award category.

The winner of this award will be the organisation that has developed a social enterprise or firm showing initiative, ambition and models of good business practice.

Senior co-worker from Newton Dee, Jake Vollrath, said: “It is great achievement to be announced as a finalist at this year’s Impact awards.

“We are really looking forward to the awards ceremony and we are very proud to be recognised in front of all the great charities and third sector organisations in the city. The fayre will also provide us with a great opportunity to showcase the work that we do at Newton Dee.”

Funding and business planning officer at ACVO, Alison Chandler, said: “ACVO is delighted that Newton Dee community has been chosen by the judges as a finalist at the Aberdeen Impact Awards.

“Newton Dee makes a unique and very special contribution to the life of the North-east and models social enterprise as part of mainstream community life, work and business.

“There are many ways in which third sector organisations can take an entrepreneurial approach to supporting people to have meaningful lives and ACVO is delighted to raise the profile of such excellent innovation.”

Newton Dee is home to almost 200 residents and co-workers and provides an environment where the residents can enjoy an independent home life whilst maintaining a daily working life with responsibilities.

Residents can learn and develop new skills at the village’s on-site coffee shop, grocery store, metal workshop and two farms.

The annual Insight Aberdeen Third Sector and Volunteering Fayre is open from 10am-3pm, with winners of the Impact awards announced at 2pm. The free event offers members of the public the opportunity to find out more about Aberdeen’s charities and community groups, along with details about volunteering opportunities.

Newton Dee is a registered charity.  An on-site coffee and gift shop, grocery store, bakery and toyshop are open to the public to help continually raise funds for the facility.

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