Aberlour news

Our young people helped shape new human rights legislation

The National Human Rights Taskforce is putting together recommendations for the Scottish Government to take forward and incorporate into a new Scottish human rights law. Since the start of the year, the Taskforce has been meeting with groups of children and young people whose rights could be further protected by this new law. Unaccompanied asylum-seeking … Continued

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New campaign and manifesto for the upcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections

Aberlour has launched its Cash Now Families Always manifesto in preparation for the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2021. Recent research by Professor Morag Treanor has highlighted the stark level of poverty and deprivation for so many families across Scotland. Before Covid-19 around 1 in 4 children in Scotland were living in poverty. As a … Continued

Aberlour manifesto for Parliamentary elections 2021

Aberlour launches petition to double Scottish child payment

Aberlour Children’s Charity has today (26th January) launched its inaugural petition asking the Scottish Government to double the Scottish Child Payment from £10 to £20 per child per week by 2022 to help low-income families survive. The public is asked to act now and sign the petition found here which will be presented to the … Continued

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Aberlour Launches Cash Now Families Always Manifesto

Today (Monday 18th January 2021) Aberlour has launched its Cash Now Families Always manifesto in preparation for the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2021. Recent research by Professor Morag Treanor* has highlighted the stark level of poverty and deprivation for so many families across Scotland. Before Covid-19 around 1 in 4 children** in Scotland were … Continued

Fighting digital exclusion

Aberlour focuses on helping children and their families early – before a challenge becomes a crisis. This was certainly the case when mum, Anne*, got in touch with one of our services in Fife. Life was becoming very challenging for Anne. She was worried that her son, Mike* was at great risk of falling behind … Continued

Cash Now Families Always Panel Event

Getting cash into the pockets of struggling families is the first and best way to begin to reverse child poverty. That was the consensus amongst public sector and third sector representatives, children’s charities, policy makers, anti-poverty campaigners, and academics at Aberlour’s recent ‘Cash Now Families Always’ online event. Aberlour is committed to ending child poverty, … Continued

Volunteer befrienders – Francis’ story

Francis has been volunteering with the Befriending Young Refugees service since December last year. It was his interest in supporting people going through the asylum process which drew him to this role in particular. Having experience in befriending already, this project felt like an ideal way for him to put his skills to good use. … Continued

End Child Poverty welcomes £100 winter payment for low-income families

End Child Poverty members in Scotland, comprising children’s charities and anti-poverty organisations, today welcomed the announcement by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, that low-income families whose children are eligible for free school meals will receive a one-off £100 winter payment to help alleviate financial hardship. Find out more here.

Urgent Assistance Fund – Melanie’s story

Melanie and her partner have eight children between them and, while all the children do not normally live together, they were all locked down together due to the pandemic. As this was not their normal family composition, Melanie and her partner only received benefits for the three children who live with them on a permanent … Continued

Melanie Aberlour Surviving WInter Appeal

The Scottish Youth Parliament’s Manifesto 2021-2026

Young people from our Guardianship service took part in focus groups with the Official Scottish Youth Parliament recently, contributing to their manifesto. This Manifesto will be used to call decision-makers to much-needed action, and to ensure that young people remain at the heart of decision making in Scotland. Read the full document here.  

New Aberlour report warns of deepening poverty crisis

New report published by Scottish children’s charity warns of deepening poverty crisis threatening Scottish families Report reveals a level of poverty that is ‘fundamental and absolute’ with majority of families requesting emergency cash to buy food, utilities and clothing 6 in 10 families who applied to the fund could not afford to feed their children … Continued

Aberlour Surviving Winter Appeal

evaluation of aberlour urgent assistance fund

November 2020 sees Aberlour launch its Surviving Winter Appeal to raise funds to help tackle rising levels of poverty and inequality across Scotland. The appeal is based on findings in a report published by Aberlour and prepared by Professor Morag Treanor, from the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University. It … Continued

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Anti Bullying Week 2020 – Ella’s story

“My experiences of being bullied… I was bullied throughout primary because I was shy, ginger, and just because people had nothing better to do. It didn’t get that bad until I got to P6; that’s when most of my friends matured and I never did, so I always felt lost and behind. I lost my … Continued

Befriending Week 2020 – The difference Befriending makes

Volunteering is something that I am so passionate about, especially befriending. I started my Aberlour journey as a volunteer befriender, something which I truly believe has helped shape the person that I am today and the job that I do. Befriending therefore is something which I hold close to my heart. Within our Youthpoint service, … Continued

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Sarah’s Volunteering experience

Volunteering with Aberlour has been a truly eye-opening experience. Over the year and a half that I have spent with Aberlour, I have been helping a young girl become more confident and independent in herself and have been learning more about myself along the way. Volunteering has taught me more about patience and gratitude and … Continued

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Scottish Guardianship Service MSP Briefing Parliamentary Debate

Today, MSP Angela Constance will lead a Scottish Parliamentary debate paying tribute to our Scottish Guardianship Service. For the last 10 years, we have worked in partnership with the Scottish Refugee Council leading the way in supporting unaccompanied refugee children and asylum-seeking trafficked young people. Find out more below: SGS MSP Briefing Nov 20 FINAL … Continued

Befriending Week 2020 – Rosina’s story

Rosina, an experienced mentor and Children’s Panel member, has been with our befriending project since the very beginning. Alongside more long-term matches, Rosina has also supported the project by doing extra ad-hoc volunteering with young people to help them navigate their new city upon arrival and accompanying them to specific appointments. “I was drawn to … Continued

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