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First Minister urged to double vital bridging payments as cost of living crisis worsens

15
Aug
2022

Over 120 charities, faith groups, trade unions and civic organisations sign open letter urging First Minister to plug “gap in cash support” “Parents going without food to feed their children, feeling ashamed at the basics their children are going without, and dreading the coming winter bills.” Over 120 charities, faith groups, trade unions, civic organisations … Continued

Bridge the gap!

BBC Radio Scotland’s Clever About Cash

9
Aug
2022

“The rising costs of the school summer holidays are affecting families … And for many equipping their kids with all that they need to go back to school is an additional worry… We are seeing more families, many who are working, struggling with these costs due to the impact of the cost of living crisis.” … Continued

BBC Radio Scotland's Clever About Cash

The Promise Design School

14
Jul
2022

We strongly believe that children and young people have a fundamental right to live in safe, loving homes. Last week we had the initial Promise Design School meeting. It was an important step in our journey to fulfil The Promise’s ambition to protect the dignity of children in care and have a restraint free Scotland. … Continued

Mo Farah reveals child trafficking experience

12
Jul
2022

Sir Mo Farah has shared that he is a survivor of child trafficking who was brought to the UK from Somalia when he was just nine years old. The Olympic gold medallist told how he was taken from his family, given a new name and forced to work as a domestic servant in the UK. … Continued

‘No Room For Complacency’ As Child Poverty Remains High Across Scotland Amid Deepening Cost Of Living Crisis – New Data

12
Jul
2022

Over one in five children across Scotland still living in poverty, despite temporary universal credit increase during pandemic Urgent action needed at every level of government, say campaigners Scottish Ministers must ‘act now to double bridging payments in advance of full roll out of Scottish child payment’ ‘UK government must commit to ongoing increases in … Continued

Scottish Child Poverty Statistics 2022

Standing Tall Stories – Celebrating Refugee Week 2022

24
Jun
2022

By Stefan Smith – Participation Officer, Scottish Refugee Council Standing Tall Stories provides spaces for young refugees to be creative, get involved with art and make friends. This project is part of the long-standing partnership between the Scottish Guardianship Service and Standing Tall Arts. As part of Refugee Festival Scotland and in celebration of Refugee … Continued

Refugee Week 2022: Listening to Young People’s Voices

20
Jun
2022

By Nadia Stuart – Participation Officer, Scottish Refugee Council Learning new skills, having their voices heard and meeting other young people. These are some of the aims of a new group at the Scottish Guardianship Service, a partnership between Aberlour Children’s Charity and The Scottish Refugee Council. Young People’s Voices have been meeting at least … Continued

New Volunteering Action Plan

15
Jun
2022

Today sees the launch of Scotland’s new Volunteering Action Plan which aims to create a Scotland where everyone can volunteer, more often, and throughout their lives. It has been designed to provide actions over a 10‐year period as a living plan. It seeks to raise the profile of volunteering and its impact on society. For … Continued

Over £1m owed in school meal debt

9
Jun
2022

Aberlour Children’s Charity has revealed that over £1m is owed by thousands of families across Scotland unable to pay for their children’s school meals. New research commissioned by the charity outlines the extent of the school meal debt and highlights a worrying increase in hidden hunger amongst Scottish school pupils. The research was conducted by … Continued

Aberlour Chief Executive SallyAnn Kelly recognised for an OBE

2
Jun
2022

SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive of Aberlour Child Care Trust has been recognised for an OBE in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to children and families. SallyAnn, joined Aberlour as Chief Executive in 2014 and has made a significant contribution to the wellbeing and happiness of thousands of children and families in … Continued

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‘Wee Artists’ wanted

1
Jun
2022

Aberlour is looking for ‘Wee Artists’ to enter a competition to provide drawings for Scottish author Scott Fleming’s new children’s charity book, sales of which the charity will benefit from. The book is part of a series of children’s books written by the up and coming author and is about how children view Scotland. Instead … Continued

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Mums in Edinburgh Neonatal unit to receive support from dedicated Perinatal Mental Health Support Service

9
May
2022

Mums in the Neonatal unit in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh are to benefit from a dedicated Perinatal Mental Health Support Service which will match mothers with highly trained perinatal befrienders. Aberlour Children’s Charity has secured funding which is enabling them to pilot an expansion of their successful Perinatal Mental Health Befriending Service with an … Continued

Aberlour Perinatal Mental Health Support Service

Blog: Foster Care Fortnight #FosteringCommunities

9
May
2022

Today is the beginning of The Fostering Network’s annual fostering awareness campaign, Foster Care Fortnight.  This year’s theme is #FosteringCommunities. It is all about celebrating the strength and resilience of our fostering communities and all they do to ensure children are cared for and supported to thrive.  At Aberlour Children’s Charity, we care deeply about … Continued

Kerryanne Duffin, Aberlour Fostering Service Manager

Love InC Project – Learnings and Resources

25
Apr
2022

In 2016, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, made a speech at the SNP’s annual conference, stating that Scotland should ‘come together and love its children’, whilst launching a ‘root and branch review of the care system.’ From the early stages of this Independent Care Review, there were strong, clear and passionate messages from the hundreds … Continued

Blog: Let’s put an end to school hunger

21
Apr
2022

In just a few weeks voting will get underway in local elections. Aberlour children’s charity is calling on all parties and candidates standing for election to address the issue of school meal debt for struggling families and to prevent school hunger for children not eligible for free school meals. In a country as rich as … Continued

SallyAnn Kelly, Aberlour CEO

Response from End Child Poverty to New Child Poverty Delivery Plan

31
Mar
2022

Today we should discover the latest figures on child poverty in Scotland. While, the impact of the pandemic on data collection means we are unlikely to see an official figure for the year up to 2021, we know the situation isn’t good. As members of the End Child Poverty coalition, we have witnessed the hardship … Continued

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Tackling Child Poverty Statement from Aberlour CEO, SallyAnn Kelly

25
Mar
2022

The publication of the Scottish Government’s Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2022-26 is an opportunity to reflect on what progress has been made to reduce child poverty since the last delivery plan was launched in 2018. In that time child poverty has continued to rise. It is clear that action taken over the last four … Continued

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Statement regarding the Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund

24
Mar
2022

Aberlour is sorry to announce that our Urgent Assistance Fund is temporarily closed to applications. We have successfully distributed all £1.34m of donated funds. Our cash grants have helped 3195 struggling families, directly supporting 11,000 people across Scotland. Unfortunately, we have now exhausted all our existing resources. This means we are currently processing more applications … Continued