The Lord Provost of Aberdeen paid a visit to local charity iConnect North East to mark its successful merger with SPAEN. iConnect North East provides support to individuals and families through their care journey. They also do preventative work with people to keep them connected to their local communities, thus meaning they do not always need statutory support.
During the visit on December 14 Councillor Barney Crockett who is current Lord Provost of Aberdeen met individuals supported by iConnect North East from its offices at 491 Union Street.
Aberdeen City Council provided financial support to the local charity in its early years and is now a key working partner.
The charity merged with the Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network (SPAEN) earlier this year and now has a Scotland-wide role in the field of providing self-directed support.
Colin Millar, Chief Executive of SPAEN, said: “I admire the dedication, commitment and professionalism that iConnect North East has brought to literally hundreds of residents of Aberdeen City. As a national organisation and one of the Scottish Government’s strategic partners in the delivery of self-directed support, SPAEN’s merger with iConnect North East means that we can now take that expertise and a tried, tested and highly successful model and look to replicate it across Scotland in conjunction with the government and local authority councils.”
He added: “This year’s merger allows us to continue the roll-out of self-directed support for the benefit of individuals and with the support of the community and the great relationship which exists with the city council is one we want to replicate across the country.”
Liv Cockburn, Director of iConnect, said: “The City Council is a key partner with us and we are delighted that the Lord Provost came to meet our team and the people we all work to support.”