The Charity & Commerce Sector

Our newest sector was previously known as the Commercial Sector. In 2013 it expanded in name and also took on a wider breadth of work. Charity & Commerce primarily deals with varied work from the Third Sector. 

What's been happening in the Sector

Since 2013 the Sector has mainly worked with Rape and Abuse Support ("RAS") and the Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations ("ACVO") by providing information leaflets and training workshops. In the last year Charity & Commerce has provided a commercial leasing workshop and made a presentation on Directors' Duties for ACVO.

In ALP's monthly lectures, Charity & Commerce gave a presentation on the new Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act, which brought about some changes to old law in this area.

Plans for this year

Meetings with ACVO have indicated that they're interested in finding out more about data protection. With regards to RAS, a few Charity & Commerce Sector Advisers are working with the Criminal Sector doing some work for the Lord Advocate. 

The Law Society provided charity law training which the Sector intends to explore with an aim to developing their own workshops on how to start up a charity. 

Head & Depute


Natalie Haefner
Head of the C&C Sector
Natalie joined ALP in 2013 & is in third year.


Maya Allan
Depute of the C&C Sector
Maya joined ALP in 2014 & is in second year.

The Criminal Sector

The Criminal Sector is one of the four original sectors of The Aberdeen Project. It mainly deals with project work as The Project cannot take on criminal cases from clients. 

What did they get up to last year?

Last year the Criminal Sector collated and conducted a presentation for Victim Support Scotland. They also did work for Grampian Women's Aid, a particular highlight was their Corroboration presentation. 

Plans for this year

Procurator Fiscal Scheme is up and running again so the Sector Advisers are working on developing this project and the Rape Awareness Project has ben taken over by Christie Murphie.

Head & Depute

Rachel Innes
Head of the Criminal Sector
Rachel joined ALP in 2012 & is in fourth year.


Rachel Mann
Depute of the Criminal Sector
Rachel joined ALP in 2012 & is in fourth year.

Sign up for interest in being Head and Depute for 2016 will be coming up after the winter break.

The Housing Sector

The Housing Sector is one of the four original sectors of The Aberdeen Project. It tends to get the most case work due to the wide breadth of topics 'housing' covers.

What did they get up to last year?

Recently, the focus of the Sector has been on their 'housing information' evenings. They ran their first event earlier this year at Hillhead, in partnership with AUSA. It was a successful night with many students showing up asking questions about things to do and look out for when buying and renting their first student flat. The Sector created a flyer and a ‘what to do list’, which was well received.

The Sector also provided training to the Representation team on the recent Housing Act which had brought about some changes. Housing then decided to provide this training at one of ALP’s monthly lectures. 

Plans for this year

This year, the Housing Sector want to continue working on their information evenings with a view to have them running in early 2016. They will also be expanding this by creating a fresher’s pack containing useful hints and tips about what to do when looking for their first flat. This will hopefully circulate in their welcome pack on arriving to University in September. 

The Sector are hoping to create more links with the local community and write blogs on recent housing developments. They are currently writing an article on the new migrant housing bill. 

Head & Depute


Abby Housego
Head of the Housing Sector
Abby joined ALP in 2013 & is in fourth year.


Samuel Williams
Depute of the Housing Sector
Sam joined ALP in 2014 & is in third year.