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Aberlour News Summer 2017

Our summer newsletter is now out! We’re pleased to bring you the latest edition of the newsletter, packed with stories from our services across Scotland. This issue has an update from our fostering service and how you can get involved. You’ll also read more about our work with new mothers and babies. Finally, the newsletter is full of … Continued

Aberlour Summer Newsletter

what do i truly want? a view from a young person in foster care

“If you had asked me what i really wanted to do more than anything i would struggle to answer. What would i truly want? I would say i wish i could have worked harder at school, have more confidence, be different, be someone else. These are all choices in reflection i would change about myself. … Continued

A family taking a kite out to play

aberlour go live with first tv advert

Aberlour is delighted to introduce our first TV advert! The advert will run across the  STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh local channels, and on the main STV channel in April. We’re raising awareness of Aberlour and the work we do with Scotland’s hidden children. we help by Offering a safe and loving place to live for children … Continued

Screengrab of Aberlour TV advert

statement on the scottish government’s mental health strategy

We welcome the publication of a new 10-year mental health strategy by the Scottish Government, however we are disappointed at the lack of detail around many of the proposed actions. The strategy rightly identifies early intervention and prevention as key to addressing mental health concerns early before they become more acute and require more intensive … Continued

aberlour in the running for charity partnership with morgan stanley

Aberlour has been shortlisted amongst 3 other organisations for Morgan Stanley’s charity partnership. The 2 year partnership will bring in a potential £160,000 to the chosen charity. 1,300 Morgan Stanley staff based in Glasgow have been asked to vote for their chosen charity. If Aberlour win, Morgan Stanley employees will have opportunities to fundraise and … Continued

snakes and ladders of supported parenting

The Snakes and Ladders of Supported Parenting Conference has been developed by Aberlour and NHS Fife.  The two organisations have undertaken a series of exchange visits for service staff and health and social care colleagues across South Ayrshire and Fife through funding from the Keys to Life Development Fund. Aberlour’s Family Service in South Ayrshire … Continued

We welcome appointment of Fiona Duncan as Chair of care system review

We would like to congratulate Fiona Duncan on her appointment as the independent Chair of the Scottish Government’s upcoming “root and branch” care system review. We are hugely encouraged by Fiona’s appointment. We know that her professional background within the Third Sector and many years of experience working alongside organisations that support vulnerable children, young … Continued

Aberlour CEO SallyAnn Kelly

Perinatal befrienders could boost new mothers mental health

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

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

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.

Improving the care experience – our message to all parties

 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

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

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

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?

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

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

Children playing on a slide

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

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