Aberlour news

Foster Care Fortnight #ChangeAFuture

At Aberlour, we believe that all children and young people deserve a loving and stable home. A home that supports them to grow and flourish. Today, The Fostering Network have launched their annual Foster Care Fortnight campaign. The campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers throughout the UK. And highlights the need … Continued

Maxine Hawthorn of Aberlour

Aberlour’s Top Ten Tips To Improve Your Perinatal Mental Health

One in three mums and one in ten dads will be affected by perinatal mental illness. Our teams in Forth Valley and East Lothian provide a community-based Perinatal Befriending Service to local mums and dads to help them successfully recover. Our volunteer befrienders not only provide an understanding, non-judgemental ear but they also arm their befriendees … Continued

Scotland is crying out for volunteer perinatal befrienders – can you help?

To mark maternal mental health awareness week, we are sharing the befriending journeys of some of the mums and families Aberlour has supported through our Perinatal Befriending Support Service. Currently operating in Forth Valley and East Lothian, we provide a vital community-based service for mums and mums-to-be plus their families by matching them with a … Continued

New benefit for low income families welcomed

Families that Aberlour support across Scotland will benefit from a brand new benefit for low income families. The £250 Early Learning Payment is now open for applications for children aged between two to three and a half and can be used for anything from children’s clothes and shoes to toys, books or days out. This payment … Continued


Maternal Mental Health Matters Week

There is an expectation from society that motherhood is a perfect and blissful time, but for some families this isn’t the case. It can be a terrifying time for some mothers and fathers; it can be extremely isolating. Perinatal mental illness is a term used to cover all mental health issues during pregnancy and up … Continued

Liz Nolan of Aberlour

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