Aberlour news

A letter to the chancellor for an increase in child benefits

Today, 7 April 2020, we have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, together with more than 60 charities and children’s organisations, advice organisations, academics, unions and faith leaders, calling for a £10 per child weekly uplift in universal child benefit to help families through the COVID-19 crisis. We welcome the steps taken … Continued

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A message from the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church

With Easter approaching, Aberlour is delighted to have received the support of the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church.  Right Reverend Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, has backed our campaign to raise funds for families with children who are experiencing financial crisis as a result of the Coronavirus.  You can watch a … Continued

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Coronavirus Urgent Assistance Appeal

Thousands of children and their families will experience significant levels of poverty as a result of the Coronavirus. Whilst the situation is changing daily at present, the full-scale of the impact of Covid-19 is yet to be fully quantified. What is certain however is that families already at breaking point will struggle to put food … Continued

Coronavirus update

As with all organisations, the Coronavirus COVID-19 has the potential to present Aberlour with some real challenges. The health and wellbeing of the children, young people and families we support is of the utmost importance to us. Continuing to provide this support, where possible and safe, is our top priority. We want to reassure partners, … Continued

Double award winners for Glasgow Family Support Service

Aberlour – Scotland’s Children’s Charity has won two prestigious awards at the National Youth Work Awards for going above and beyond for young people in Glasgow. The Aberlour Family Support Service based in Glasgow won the Community Based Youth Work award for demonstrating that by working with young people and local partners, thriving communities with … Continued


Helping prisoners to reintegrate into family life

27,000 children in Scotland are affected by a parent going into prison every year, around double the number of children affected by divorce, according to the latest Scottish Government statistics. Research also shows that having a parent or family member in prison can have a serious impact on a child’s wellbeing and mental health, which … Continued

North-east charity training the young to fill gaps in childcare

A north-east charity is providing training to young people in a bid to fill skills gaps in the childcare sector. Aberlour Futures works to deliver vocational qualifications and training for the early learning and childcare workforce in Aberdeen city and shire. Its Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People) gives pupils accelerated access … Continued

Blog: How to unleash the power of the third sector

At The Gathering last week, I was fortunate to share a platform with the First Minister and other third sector leaders. I made a simple call which resonated strongly with the audience in the room and on social media – if we are serious about changing lives, we must unleash the power of the third … Continued

The Gathering event with Nicola Sturgeon, SallyAnn Kelly and others

Blog: putting love into the care system

Following the publication of the Independent Care Review conclusions last week, John Ryan, Aberlour’s Assistant Director for residential care services blogs his thoughts on the Review, why he’s proud of the changes already implemented, and what lies ahead. Scotland is at a pivotal time in its social history.  In 2016 Scotland’s First Minister launched the … Continued

Independent Care Review conclusions welcomed by Aberlour

Aberlour welcomes the publication of the Independent Care Review’s conclusions today. Since the Review was launched in 2016, Aberlour has supported the review and contributed to it wherever possible. Today we pledge to Keep The Promise. The breadth and depth of the Review’s conclusions reflect the complexity of children and young people’s lives and the … Continued

Meet the Moray woman helping young people find their way in life

Anne Grant is a difficult person to get hold of, as you might expect given her line of work. I am told she is with “one of her young people”, in the first instance – and the phrase is both apt and affectionate. Indeed, it was these “young people”, and their families, who nominated Anne … Continued

Anne Grant

We risk another generation of children growing up in poverty

A generation of Scottish children could continue to live in poverty and be unable to realise their full potential say the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA). Aberlour has joined with COSLA to share its concern and call on the Scottish Government to do more. The Scottish Government has set ambitious targets to tackle child … Continued

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry – interim findings published

On 17 December 2014, then Cabinet Secretary for Education, Angela Constance, announced that the Scottish Government intended to hold a public inquiry into historical institutional child abuse. Today, findings have been released by Judge Lady Smith leading the Inquiry: Case Study no.3 – The provision of residential care for children in Scotland by Quarriers, Aberlour … Continued

Morgan fills the CEO’s shoes

What would it be like if one of Aberlour’s young people became Chief Executive for the week? This week, Morgan is finding out. With her distinct blue hair, Morgan is the face of Aberlour’s current #NoBadEnds campaign that has highlighted young people growing up in Scotland’s most deprived communities are three times more likely to … Continued


End-of-year celebration for people in Dundee involved in kinship care

Kids and adults alike had a ball last weekend as those involved with kinship care in the city attended an end-of-year party. Kith ‘n’ Kin Dundee held the event in partnership with the city council’s permanence team for children and their families across the area to get together and have some fun. The groups are … Continued