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Perinatal befrienders could boost new mothers mental health

31
Jan
2017

The findings emerged from health and social science researchers’ independent evaluation of Aberlour Perinatal Befriending Support Service, which launched in 2015. The service helps new mothers with mental health issues who are at risk of becoming socially isolated immediately before and after giving birth. The report, Aberlour Perinatal Befriending Support Service: An Evaluation of the … Continued

scottish guardianship service wins award as UK’s children’s champion

24
Jan
2017

The award was given to Catriona MacSween in recognition of the Scottish Guardianship Service’s child-centred model of practice with unaccompanied, separated and trafficked children in Scotland. The support the service provides to young vulnerable asylum-seeking children, some of whom are trafficked and exploited in Scotland, is unrivalled in the United Kingdom, serving as a template … Continued

Children’s Charities Co-sign Letter to Scottish Government

17
Jan
2017

Aberlour’s CEO SallyAnn Kelly has co-signed a letter to the Scottish Government with a coalition of children’s charities. The letter highlight the importance of early intervention and prevention mental health services and support for children and young people in Scotland.  Read the

Improving the care experience – our message to all parties

20
Dec
2016

 Aberlour Briefing for Scottish Government Debate: Improving the Care Experience for Looked After Children – 20th December 2016 Introduction  Aberlour was first founded as an orphanage in 1875 and has been providing residential childcare ever since. We currently provide specialist residential care, foster care and education support to children and young people from across Scotland, … Continued

Dowans Christmas Market Shines for Aberlour

12
Dec
2016

The Dowans Hotel in Aberlour held a festive market and firework night on Saturday the 3rd of December. The market was a huge success,  with 30 local businesses showcasing everything from handmade crafts to confectionery. Entertainment was provided in the form of the Kinloss military wives choir. Over 300 people attended attended the event, enjoying … Continued

Chair of Aberlour joins Independent Fundraising Standards panel

9
Dec
2016

Val Surgenor, Chair of the Board at Aberlour, is now a member of The Scottish Fundraising Implementation Group’s Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel, which will oversee standards and complaints about charities in Scotland.  The panel will be chaired by Alison Elliot, associate director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh, and will include Val Surgenor, … Continued

16 Days of Action

24
Nov
2016

TWO major Scottish charities are coming together to lead a campaign against domestic abuse. Aberlour and Shelter Scotland will be hosting a roadshow of community events, featuring a touring exhibition of hard-hitting photography and ‘conversation cafes’ on the theme of violence against women. The stark imagery is designed to prompt discussion about the issue of … Continued

A Specialist in Failure?

26
Oct
2016

A COUPLE of years ago when he was manager of Chelsea FC, Jose Mourinho lashed out at his rival Arsene Wenger calling him a specialist in failure. It was a headline-grabbing, harsh remark that fuelled the continuing war of words between the two managers. Recently, after watching an STV documentary about the care system in … Continued

Our response to First Minister’s pledge to review care system

17
Oct
2016

We warmly welcome the independent review of the care system as outlined in the First Minister’s speech on Saturday. As Scotland’s children’s charity, Aberlour has campaigned alongside and on behalf of children and young people for many years. We believe there are many areas of great practice across Scotland but the current system lacks consistency and … Continued

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Fun for all the family as revamped garden unveiled at Aberlour Options

7
Oct
2016

AN ABERLOUR disability project unveiled its brand new sensory garden, at a family fun day.   Aberlour Options – Moray held the event in September to celebrate the completion of the newly renovated grounds. The service offers respite breaks to children and young people with a range of physical and learning disabilities. Many of the … Continued

Joining the Dots

20
Sep
2016

In May 2016, the CEO of Aberlour, SallyAnn Kelly, Assistant Director Liz Nolan and Perinatal Support Coordinator Angie Rennie, were invited to join The Templeton Expert Group. The group, comprised of individuals and representatives of organisations actively involved in delivery of care, education and research in the field of perinatal and infant mental health, met to discuss … Continued

Stirling-based Law Firm take on Marathon Fundraising Challenge

12
Sep
2016

Kerr Stirling are set to kick off a year’s fundraising for Aberlour, by taking on the Edinburgh Kiltwalk. The Stirling-based law firm has chosen Aberlour – Scotland’s Children’s Charity, to be its charity of the year and will be working hard to raise funds for the children, young people and families the charity supports across … Continued

NEW research published on what’s best for babies in prison

8
Aug
2016

NEW research into the issue of mothers and babies in prison has been unveiled, following a collaborative project between Aberlour, The University of Stirling and The Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection. Findings suggest that the current arrangements in Scotland do not adequately account for the often complex needs of imprisoned mothers, who have often had … Continued

Childcare professionals celebrate success with Aberlour Futures

19
Jul
2016

A NEW cohort of North-east childcare professionals have received qualifications after undergoing training with Aberlour. A total of 85 students, including 17 Modern Apprentices, celebrated their success at an awards ceremony held at the Copthorne Hotel. They had all completed training with Aberlour Futures – Aberdeen City and Shire, a non-profit making SVQ training and … Continued

Our response to SCVO’s update on fundraising regulation

15
Jul
2016

AN ENHANCED model for fundraising regulation in Scotland will see greater responsibility placed on charities and OSCR to ensure good practice. This approach has been agreed by the Scottish Fundraising Working Group, convened by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and follows extensive consultation with charities and the general public. At Aberlour, we recognise … Continued

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