Aberlour news

Fairytale castle event brings touch of magic to Aberlour’s anniversary

Ballindalloch Castle will celebrate the 140th anniversary of Aberlour – Scotland’s children’s charity, by hosting a Fairytale Fun Day on Saturday 13 June. Boys and girls are encouraged to dress up as their favourite storybook, fairytale and superhero characters for the event, which will run from 1 – 5pm. Children will take part in a … Continued

Tea for Two to raise funds for Scotland’s children’s charity

Jurys Inn has launched a special afternoon tea package, to raise funds for its Charity of the Year, Aberlour. Customers can enjoy a luxury afternoon tea for two people, for just £20. This special offer is available between Monday June 15 and Monday August 31 (bookings must be made in advance). Jurys Inn General Manager … Continued

Aberlour celebrates volunteering success

Scotland’s leading children’s charity Aberlour is marking Volunteers Week (June 1-7) with the announcement of its brand new Investing in Volunteers (IiV) status. The award, which is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management, was made following a detailed assessment process at the charity, which has around 40 services for children and … Continued

Launch of new Forum for care leavers

The National Confidential Forum (the Forum) has been set up to allow people who spent time in institutional care as children to come forward and share their experiences, whatever they are. By taking part, participants will contribute to the Forum’s understanding of what it was like to be a child in care in Scotland. All … Continued

Sainsbury’s raise £55,000 for Scotland’s children

Sainsbury’s Bank staff have celebrated raising more than £55,000 for Scotland’s children’s charity, Aberlour. Chief Executive of the Edinburgh-based bank, Peter Griffiths, joined staff in a visit to one of the charity’s disability projects, Aberlour Options – Lothian, to mark the fundraising milestone. The service, which offers respite breaks for children with disabilities, recently had … Continued

Aberlour celebrates 140 year milestone

Aberlour is celebrating 140 years of providing expert care for children.   The organisation started life in Speyside as Aberlour Orphanage and was founded in March 1875. A fundraising dinner will be held at The Dowans Hotel in Aberlour next Friday, marking the start of a year’s worth of activity at the charity in honour of … Continued

Unique Government, business and charity partnership announced

A unique venture by the Scottish Government, businesses and third sector organisations to help some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people has been announced today (Friday 20 February 2015). Hosted by Aberlour, The Lens is a unique partnership specifically designed to create an enterprising culture within Scottish charities. Investment from a number of organisations will allow … Continued

Update on Aberlour and The Kiltwalk in 2015

For the last three years, Aberlour has been a main partner in The Kiltwalk and has benefited from more than £200,000 in funds raised by Kiltwalkers across Scotland, all walking together for Scotland’s children. Next month we will receive a share of the funds raised throughout 2014, and this will allow us to continue to … Continued

Innovative charity partnership celebrated in Dundee

Three years of a unique and groundbreaking collaboration between four national children’s charities will be celebrated at a learning event in Dundee on Tuesday 10 February 2015. The Dundee Early Intervention Team is a collaboration between Aberlour, Action for Children, Barnardo’s and Children 1st, and aims to offer comprehensive support for families facing difficulty in … Continued

Judicial Review rules against challenge to ‘Named Person’

Speaking after the publication of the judicial review into the legality of the ‘named person service’- created by the children and young people (Scotland) Act, which today ruled against a challenge to the provisions of the Act, Aberlour’s Chief Executive SallyAnn Kelly said: “Aberlour has supported the ‘Named Person’ provisions all along and we welcome … Continued

Aberlour response to free school meals

Schools across Scotland are now serving up free school meals to every Primary 1-3 pupil, following the Scottish Government’s expanded free schools meals policy coming into effect today. Aberlour’s Chief Executive, SallyAnn Kelly said: “Any public policy initiative that focuses on the nutritional wellbeing of ourchildren is to be welcomed. The success of the pilot … Continued

Aberlour Celebrates Long Service Achievements of Dedicated Colleagues

Aberlour has been celebrating the long service achievements of staff from its services across Scotland. Between them, the 29 members of staff have dedicated a total of 460 years to Scotland’s children’s charity! The achievements were recognised at an awards ceremony, which took place on Wednesday 3 December at the prestigious Stirling Castle. Staff experienced … Continued

Merry Christmas from Mast Architects

Our wonderful corporate supporters, Mast Architects, who worked closely with Thenue Housing Association to design  our Family Support Service in Glasgow, have had a busy month involving all staff with their Christmas Appeal. In choosing to support Aberlour, they are helping brighten the lives of Scotland’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people, who … Continued

State of Children’s Rights in Scotland Report 2014

Launched on 20 November 2014, the report reviews the extent to which children in Scotland are able to enjoy their rights as enshrined in the UNCRC. It reflects on the past year since the publication of Together’s 2013 State of Children’s Rights report and discusses what progress has been made and where further efforts are … Continued

Appeal Launched to Bring Christmas to 150 North East Children

With just five weeks left before Christmas, Barratt North Scotland has today (Thursday 20 November) launched an appeal with Scotland’s children’s charity, Aberlour, to help over 150 vulnerable children from Moray, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire enjoy a happy Christmas. The housebuilder is urging local people, businesses and organisations to donate unwrapped gifts to any of its … Continued

Social Edge to boost innovation based on Aberlour EDGE Fund

A unique partnership of the Scottish Government, businesses and the third sector bodies has been announced that will create an innovation programme for Scotland’s voluntary sector where charities can access funds and support to accelerate their enterprising ideas. The Social EDGE, which complements renowned innovation programme ScotEdge for Scottish business entrepreneurs, is designed to create … Continued

Charities Call for Smith Commission to Extend the Franchise

Scotland will be viewed as a world leader by fully engaging and empowering its 16 and 17 year olds as fully franchised citizens active in the development of a fairer, more equal and more prosperous country. The past few months have clearly marked a new era of democratic engagement. The Independence Referendum engaged young people … Continued

Strictly Come Prancing Raises Funds for Edinburgh’s Children

The event, which took place on Saturday (20 September) at The Sheraton in Edinburgh was a resounding success. Eight couples performed dance routines in front of a live audience, and were critiqued by three Judges – Andy Hamilton (CEO of CompanyNet), Pamela Mundt (of Microsoft Scotland) who won Strictly Come Prancing 2013, and Senay Taormina … Continued