In 1984 the Reverend Mike Mair of Holburn West Church decided that something needed to be done about the increasing levels of poverty in Aberdeen. Instant Neighbour started as a youth unemployment scheme to help young unemployed people gain work experience by helping the most vulnerable in society with small tasks that a neighbour might have done. It was a community project that aimed to promote community spirit while simultaneously attending to the neediest in society.
Our aim has always been to alleviate poverty, but Instant Neighbour has changed and adapted to the needs of society.
People struggle every day and are forced to reach out for help wherever they can. Instant Neighbour tries to provide that help. Poverty can happen to anyone. We believe that everyone deserves a second chance. We treat everyone who comes to us with the dignity and respect that they deserve and need to rebuild their confidence.
Thanks to Mike Mair and Bob Brown for their inspiration in setting up Instant Neighbour and for providing valuable guidance throughout its ever-changing past!
To all those who have worked, either in a paid position or as a volunteer, Thank you! We simply would not be here without your support!
To everyone who has ever donated to Instant Neighbour, across all our projects, Thank you, we couldn’t do it without you.
THANK YOU, thank you, thank you – please keep thinking of Instant Neighbour and please keep supporting us!