Apr 172015
MHAPaint (2)

Volunteers from ADIL, CNR International, AAB and KCA Deutag joined forces with Spencer Coatings and Mental Health Aberdeen’s team to give the charity’s base a new look

With thanks to Paul Smith, Citrus Mix.

A leading north-east charity has received a donation with a difference that will enable it to transform its working environment.

Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) has been gifted paint from Spencer Coatings Limited which is being used to revamp its central office and create an uplifting environment for workers and visitors.

The painting and coatings manufacturer first assisted the charity 14 years ago by donating materials to MHA’s Aberdeen Supported Housing Project – and has now repeated the kind gesture.

MHA offers a range of resources, including: emotional and practical support; information and advice; support with helping overcoming social isolation; links and access to other community resources; and activities promoting mental wellbeing.

Fiona Mooney, fundraising and marketing manager at MHA, said:

“We approached Spencer Coatings as they have helped us in the past and we are absolutely delighted that they have assisted us again. Their kind donation of a large amount of paint means we can begin to brighten up our office space.

“We have had corporate volunteers from ADIL, CNR International, AAB and KCA Deutag to do the painting work and they have started transforming our four offices and hallway within our central office building. It is looking brighter already and we are so grateful to both Spencer Coatings and our volunteers for giving up their time to help us.

“It makes such a difference for our visitors to be able to come to a warm, bright, welcoming place and we want to thank everyone involved who is helping us transform the space.”

Linda Stronach, of Spencer Coatings, said:

“We were happy to get involved and assist such a worthy local charity by donating our products to help enhance the charity’s premises. MHA works hard to deliver their vital services in Aberdeen and throughout the north-east and we are pleased we were able to help in this way.”

Peter Brawley, head of operations and brownfield projects at ADIL said:

“Mental Health Aberdeen is a place of respite and support for so many people in the city and shire. MHA was chosen to be ADIL’s charity of the year by our staff, who wanted to volunteer their time, as well as help raise money for this brilliant local cause. We hope our work to help improve the facilities here can make the building even more welcoming for those who come here to use the services on offer.”

MHA was founded in 1950 and provides support services, counselling and advice to people affected by challenges related to mental health and wellbeing. Services are available for children from the age of 12 and adults. The organisation was among the first to provide community care – with its first residential project, a group home for discharged psychiatric patients, opened more than 35 years ago.

MHA has also been providing day services continuously for over 60 years.

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