Aberlour news

Roisin speaks with BBC’s Kaye Adams on how Aberlour has helped her family

Roisin’s son Ashley was sectioned aged just 13. He was taken into a specialist residential school 250 miles away from his home in Fife. He hadn’t done anything wrong; he did however have severe learning disabilities and autism and had begun to self-harm out of frustration. Roisin spoke powerfully on BBC Radio Scotland earlier this … Continued

Memorial suggestions sought

Memorial suggestions sought Aberlour would welcome a conversation on how we may best remember the children from Aberlour Orphanage buried in the cemetery at St Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Our chief executive SallyAnn Kelly has released this statement. “We very much appreciate the sensitivity of this matter. Aberlour Orphanage was established in 1875 and provided a caring home to … Continued

What role do payments from social workers have to play in tackling poverty?

Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund has witnessed record demand. Chief Executive SallyAnn Kelly talks to Professional Social Work magazine on the need to stop stigmatising people who are struggling to make ends meet. The idea was seen as controversial and radical when it was floated. Give social workers discretion to make cash payments to people they … Continued

Statement: Aberlour response to inquiry into institutional child abuse

On the 17 December 2014, then Cabinet Secretary for Education, Angela Constance, announced that the the Scottish Government intended to hold a public inquiry into historical institutional child abuse. Aberlour’s Chief Executive SallyAnn Kelly said: “To those who suffered abuse while under the care of Aberlour, we reiterate our unreserved apology. The Scottish Child Abuse … Continued

Pudsey Bear joins adventure holiday for disabled young people

Pudsey Bear enjoyed an exhilarating adventure holiday recently with a group of disabled children and young people from across Scotland as part of this year’s Children in Need. The beloved bear joined the trip to Kielder Water Outdoor Centre in Hexham, Northumberland, run by Aberlour Children’s Charity’s Options Adventures Service. He spent the day trying … Continued

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The Only Home They Knew

Anne, a former governor at Aberlour, Scotland’s children’s charity, didn’t set out to write a 256 page history of Aberlour Orphanage in WW1 through letters and orphanage magazines. Part of her role during her 12 years of volunteering on the Board of Aberlour was to answer requests for information from previous residents of Aberlour Orphanage … Continued

Businesses help stop the clock on children’s suffering

Aberlour would like to say thank you to claims.co.uk for their generous donation of £500. Here’s Claire Dillon, Managing Director with a lovely cheque that will help us work with even more children and their families in Scotland. If your organisation would like to support our work, please contact Lesley Ann Muirhead for more information. … Continued

All you need is love – new partnership project will benefit children in care

Aberlour, in partnership, with Includem, the Care Inspectorate and CELCIS have been awarded a grant from The Life Changes Trust. The funding will allow the organisations to work in partnership to explore the key characteristics of nurturing relationships within the care system and the effect that love can have on young people growing up in … Continued

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No Place Like Home Campaign Highlights Needs of Parents with a Learning Disability

Aberlour Children’s Charity has launched a new campaign, No Place Like Home, to highlight the support needs of parents with learning disabilities and their children and the requirement for greater parenting support services across the country to help keep families together. Research suggests between 40 and 60 per cent of parents with learning disabilities will … Continued

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Aberlour Children’s Charity and Scottish Borders Council to launch new Aberlour Sustain service to support children on the ‘edge of care’ creating eleven new jobs for the region

Aberlour Children’s Charity and the Scottish Borders Council has announced that a new family outreach service, Aberlour Sustain, will launch in the Scottish Borders later this year.  Aberlour will work with the Scottish Borders Council, children, young people, families and local partners to develop a highly responsive service for families at the ‘Edge of Care’.  … Continued

Aberlour Children’s Charity invites 5-a-side teams to join charity tournament

Aberlour Children’s Charity will be hosting a 5-a-side charity tournament at Soccerworld in Glasgow on Saturday 4th August from 12pm-4pm (approx). Earlier this year the charity launched it ‘Clock is ticking’ campaign asking people to #spendanhour fundraising for the charity which works to get support to Scotland’s vulnerable children, before it’s too late. Teams signing … Continued

Aberlour awarded contract in Perth and Kinross

Aberlour is delighted to announce that we’ve been contracted by Perth and Kinross Council to provide intensive family support through our Sustain service. We were awarded the contract alongside two other third sector organisations. Aberlour will provide intensive family support services which will be accessible seven days per week.  It will focus on families with children … Continued