Aberlour news

Scotland’s Children’s Charity offer free places to Kiltwalkers

With just over two weeks to go until the first Kiltwalk of the year, Scotland’s largest children’s charity is offering free entry to the event for those pledging to walk for them. Aberlour, a charity working across Scotland, provides lifeline care for vulnerable children, young people and their families. Walkers who walk the Kiltwalk in … 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

Introducing Children’s Rights

What is the UNCRC? As a human being, you have rights that apply to everyone in the world. These can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and are held by all people, no matter how old they happen to be. Children and young people have other rights too. These are listed in … Continued

Improving provision for children in care and care leavers in Scotland

This week Aberlour’s Chief Executive, SallyAnn Kelly, spoke at the Scotland Policy Conference seminar in Edinburgh on the topic of improving provision for children in care and care leavers. She highlighted some of the key challenges facing all those concerned with the care and support of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, recognising that whilst on the … Continued

Calls for urgent cash boost for families as Scotland’s poverty rate rises

Official statistics released today show poverty is continuing to rise in Scotland, with 24% of children (240,000) now living in poverty – an increase of 10,000 from last year. In response, the Give Me Five campaign, supported by senior academics, children’s charities, anti-poverty groups and leaders of Scotland’s Churches have renewed their call for the … Continued

Free Wills Service For Aberlour Supporters

According to research published by unbiased.co.uk last year, roughly 60% of people in the UK don’t have a Will. The figure is even higher in Scotland, with both Glasgow and Edinburgh featuring in the top ten list of major cities in the UK with the highest percentage of adults without a will; 68% of adults … Continued

Aberlour-trained apprentices celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Aberlour has been celebrating Scottish Apprenticeship Week – the annual campaign to encourage employers to take on apprentices and more young people to consider an apprenticeship. Our unique Aberlour Futures service provides an SQA-accredited training and assessment centre for your people who want to work in early learning and childcare. Declan, Katie, Charlie and Caitlyn … Continued

Perinatal Mental Health provision welcomed

Mental ill health affects one in every five pregnancies in Scotland. The Scottish Government has announced that £50 million will be made available to increase provision of perinatal support, news that has been welcomed by Aberlour. Speaking with STV’s Scotland Tonight programme, Assistant Director of Aberlour Liz Nolan said of the announcement: “It has highlighted … Continued

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Visits Scottish Guardianship Service

This week the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf MSP visited the Aberlour Scottish Guardianship Service. Humza Yousaf MSP was invited along to the service by SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive of Aberlour, to highlight the problems many asylum-seeking children and young people face, specifically those who have been victims of human trafficking. Aberlour delivers … Continued

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Visits Scottish Guardianship Service

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

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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