Ali MacLachlan, UK Director at The Wood Foundation, said:
“As an organisation, we are committed to a culture of learning and this is woven through all of our internal and external practices.
“Covid-19 has exacerbated inequalities in Aberdeen, as it has everywhere, and the fallout from the pandemic will be felt for many years to come. We want to invest in long-term, community-driven efforts that work directly with those we seek to serve, developing new and innovative approaches which will make a real and lasting difference.
“Covid-19 has brought to the fore the need to review embedded protocols and practices. To not use this as a moment to be bold, be different absolutely devalues the experiences of the past 14 months.
“The organisations we have engaged in this initiative play a vital role in supporting the people of Aberdeen. Each brings a wealth of experience and an absolute, proven commitment to their service users. They have all been impacted by Covid-19 and share the belief that this is as a moment to galvanise opportunities, work as a collective, and be ambitious.”
They will work through the service design process together and have committed to collaborating to share learning, ideas, and best practice to strengthen the collective quality and consistency of health and wellbeing engagement with young people across Aberdeen.