Celebrating 30 Years

It all started in 1986

The Lord Provost, members of the ADA team of staff and volunteers, service users and key stakeholders, came together on the 29th of September at the Town House in Aberdeen for a  special event to mark ADA’s 30 years in existence.  Starting in 1986 in Aberdeen in response to a need to support people who were sniffing glue, the ADA 30 years journey and the range of services which the charity has grown in response the needs of communities in the North East was described.  It was noted that due to the changes in local need and the unique knowledge and partnerships ADA has developed, the charity now provides prevention services to children & young people, 7 days per week harm reduction services in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, training and whole population awareness raising and  recovery services operating as part of the integrated alcohol and drug services in Aberdeen. 




Through these services, ADA supported over 2500 people in the North East of Scotland in the past year.  Luan Grugeon, Chief Executive states “it was great to pause and reflect on what the charity has achieved over the past 30 years, all of which has only been possible due to the dedicated, skilled and knowledgeable people who are part of ADA.  It is important to remember that whilst the charity has evolved over time,  the core values of treating everyone with dignity and respect, not judging people, treating each person as a unique individual and always being positive about change are still at the heart of how we operate today.”