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Standing Tall Stories – Celebrating Refugee Week 2022

By Stefan Smith – Participation Officer, Scottish Refugee Council Standing Tall Stories provides spaces for young refugees to be creative, get involved with art and make friends. This project is part of the long-standing partnership between the Scottish Guardianship Service and Standing Tall Arts. As part of Refugee Festival Scotland and in celebration of Refugee … Continued

Refugee Week 2022: Listening to Young People’s Voices

By Nadia Stuart – Participation Officer, Scottish Refugee Council Learning new skills, having their voices heard and meeting other young people. These are some of the aims of a new group at the Scottish Guardianship Service, a partnership between Aberlour Children’s Charity and The Scottish Refugee Council. Young People’s Voices have been meeting at least … Continued

New Volunteering Action Plan

Today sees the launch of Scotland’s new Volunteering Action Plan which aims to create a Scotland where everyone can volunteer, more often, and throughout their lives. It has been designed to provide actions over a 10‐year period as a living plan. It seeks to raise the profile of volunteering and its impact on society. For … Continued

Over £1m owed in school meal debt

Aberlour Children’s Charity has revealed that over £1m is owed by thousands of families across Scotland unable to pay for their children’s school meals. New research commissioned by the charity outlines the extent of the school meal debt and highlights a worrying increase in hidden hunger amongst Scottish school pupils. The research was conducted by … Continued

Aberlour Chief Executive SallyAnn Kelly recognised for an OBE

SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive of Aberlour Child Care Trust has been recognised for an OBE in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to children and families. SallyAnn, joined Aberlour as Chief Executive in 2014 and has made a significant contribution to the wellbeing and happiness of thousands of children and families in … Continued

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‘Wee Artists’ wanted

Aberlour is looking for ‘Wee Artists’ to enter a competition to provide drawings for Scottish author Scott Fleming’s new children’s charity book, sales of which the charity will benefit from. The book is part of a series of children’s books written by the up and coming author and is about how children view Scotland. Instead … Continued

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Blog: Foster Care Fortnight #FosteringCommunities

Today is the beginning of The Fostering Network’s annual fostering awareness campaign, Foster Care Fortnight.  This year’s theme is #FosteringCommunities. It is all about celebrating the strength and resilience of our fostering communities and all they do to ensure children are cared for and supported to thrive.  At Aberlour Children’s Charity, we care deeply about … Continued

Kerryanne Duffin, Aberlour Fostering Service Manager

Love InC Project – Learnings and Resources

In 2016, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, made a speech at the SNP’s annual conference, stating that Scotland should ‘come together and love its children’, whilst launching a ‘root and branch review of the care system.’ From the early stages of this Independent Care Review, there were strong, clear and passionate messages from the hundreds … Continued

Blog: Let’s put an end to school hunger

In just a few weeks voting will get underway in local elections. Aberlour children’s charity is calling on all parties and candidates standing for election to address the issue of school meal debt for struggling families and to prevent school hunger for children not eligible for free school meals. In a country as rich as … Continued

SallyAnn Kelly, Aberlour CEO

Response from End Child Poverty to New Child Poverty Delivery Plan

Today we should discover the latest figures on child poverty in Scotland. While, the impact of the pandemic on data collection means we are unlikely to see an official figure for the year up to 2021, we know the situation isn’t good. As members of the End Child Poverty coalition, we have witnessed the hardship … Continued

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Tackling Child Poverty Statement from Aberlour CEO, SallyAnn Kelly

The publication of the Scottish Government’s Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2022-26 is an opportunity to reflect on what progress has been made to reduce child poverty since the last delivery plan was launched in 2018. In that time child poverty has continued to rise. It is clear that action taken over the last four … Continued

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Statement regarding the Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund

Aberlour is sorry to announce that our Urgent Assistance Fund is temporarily closed to applications. We have successfully distributed all £1.34m of donated funds. Our cash grants have helped 3195 struggling families, directly supporting 11,000 people across Scotland. Unfortunately, we have now exhausted all our existing resources. This means we are currently processing more applications … Continued

Two dedicated Mother and Child Recovery Houses to be established

Aberlour is proud to be working with the Scottish Government to establish two new dedicated Mother and Child Residential Recovery Houses. More than £5.5 million will be spent over this parliamentary term by the Scottish Government to develop the houses which Aberlour will run. The houses will be designed to enable children of women with … Continued

Blog: Aberlour’s Learning Service Listening to the Voices of Young People

The Learning Service at Aberlour provides support around learning, development and education for young people who are living in our children’s houses. We advocate for and support young people in mainstream education, as well as offering personalised educations plans to build confidence, self-esteem, and readiness to learn.   When the pandemic hit, we knew it … Continued

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Aberlour joins the call to Scrap the Cap

Aberlour Children’s Charity has joined the call of more than 100 organisations across the UK writing to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, urging him to use his Spring Statement to scrap the unjust benefit cap. Read the letter below. 16 March 2022 Dear Chancellor, As part of a coalition of organisations from across the UK, we … Continued

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New TV Advert provides inspiration to join Aberlour

Aberlour will be featured in a 30 second TV advert to be aired from Wednesday 16th March until Sunday 3rd April. The aim of the advert is to boost recruitment for the many posts being created as a result of the strong growth in Aberlour services. It will also build awareness and enhance Aberlour’s growing … Continued

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Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund Gives Out Over £1,000,000 since April 2021

Since April 2021 the Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund has supported over 2,600 families, over 5,380 children and has given out over £1million in cash grants. Below are some key statistics about how the Urgent Assistance Fund has been helping families across Scotland since April last year. The Urgent Assistance Fund helps struggling families to buy … Continued

Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund gives out over £1million in cash grants since April 2021