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Blog: Love Lives in Aberlour

11
Jun
2019

Last week one of our Aberlour Sycamore house teams were awarded the runner up prize in the Top Team category for the workforce awards at the annual industry acclaimed SIRCC Residential Child Care Awards. This is the second year in a row the team have received this recognition for all the hard work they and … Continued

Children’s charity launches new prison support service for families in Dumfries and Galloway

10
Jun
2019

Scotland’s largest children’s charity, Aberlour Child Care Trust, has launched a new family support service delivered in partnership with the Scottish Prison Service and NHS Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol & Drugs Partnership to help family members returning from prison re-integrate back into family life. According to the latest Scottish Government statistics, it is estimated that … Continued

Scottish Government ministers visit Aberlour services to mark Volunteer Week

7
Jun
2019

Scottish Government ministers have visited two of Aberlour’s services this week to meet with young people, volunteers and staff as part of Volunteers Week 2019. Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd, pictured right, visited our Youthpoint Moray service, based in Elgin. She spoke to young people about how they are supported by the … Continued

Caring Caitlyn wins national award for dedication to young people

5
Jun
2019

A member of staff at a Scottish residential children’s home has won a prestigious national award after being nominated by one of the young people she supports for going above and beyond to improve their experience of residential care. Caitlyn Ross, who works at an Aberlour Child Care Trust residential home in Fife, was selected … Continued

Caitlyn and Samantha

Blog: Volunteers’ Week 2019

31
May
2019

This year’s Volunteers’ Week theme is a “Time to celebrate.” All across Aberlour our incredible volunteers give their precious time to support our children, young people and families, doing so with kindness, compassion, and empathy. Our volunteers are raising vital funds through fundraising and events, participating and contributing their voice to policy issues that affect … Continued

Common Fostering Myths De-bunked

24
May
2019

Throughout Foster Care Fortnight we have been sharing stories from our foster carers and young people to show the importance a loving, stable home is for a growing child. Below are the common fostering myths many people believe which stops them becoming a foster carer and helping a local child. Our fostering team have de-bunked … Continued

Website improvements

21
May
2019

We’ve given our website a makeover to make it easier to find the information you’re looking for. Improvements include: Find what you want quicker with more intuitive, consistent and simplified navigation Get to content in less clicks – hover over the top navigation and get straight to content such as how to foster or volunteer … Continued

Blog: a broader understanding of adversity would lift more children out of poverty

21
May
2019

Chief Executive SallyAnn Kelly suggests in this blog that by broadening our understanding of the work around Adverse Childhood Experiences and the root causes of adversity, Scotland could lift more children out of poverty. I recently participated in a panel discussion that followed a screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of … Continued

SallyAnn Kelly

Aberlour Child Care Trust offers free places to Aberdeen Kiltwalkers

17
May
2019

With less than a month to go until Aberdeen’s Kiltwalk, Scotland’s largest children’s charity is offering free entry to the event for those pledging to walk for them. Aberlour, a charity working in Aberdeen and across Scotland, provides lifeline care for vulnerable children, young people and their families. Walkers who sign up for the Kiltwalk … Continued

Kiltwalkers for Aberlour

Foster Care Fortnight #ChangeAFuture

13
May
2019

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

Call for volunteers across Renfrewshire as children’s charity launches new mentoring programme for vulnerable young people

7
May
2019

Aberlour Child Care Trust has launched a new mentoring programme in partnership with Renfrewshire Council to provide support and guidance for young people who are young carers or who are living in care, whether they are looked-after at home, staying with foster parents, or living in a residential setting. Aberlour Attain – Renfrewshire will match … Continued

Attain Renfrewshire launch in Paisley High Street for Aberlour

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

3
May
2019

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?

2
May
2019

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

30
Apr
2019

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

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Aberlour Child Care Trust offer free places to Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners

29
Apr
2019

With a month to go until the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, Scotland’s largest children’s charity is offering free entry to the event for those pledging to run for them. Aberlour, a charity working in the Lothians and across Scotland, provides lifeline care for vulnerable children, young people and their families. Runners who sign up for the … Continued

Joshua Muggleton