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Happy 30th Birthday UNCRC!

20
Nov
2019

This week marks the 30th anniversary of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This was the starting point for establishing universal rights for all children and young people around the World, and has continued to evolve to recognise and reflect our better understanding of what children’s rights are and how … Continued

A Bad Start to Life Shouldn’t Mean A Bad Christmas For Scotland’s Children

18
Nov
2019

With only five weekends left until Christmas, one Scottish children’s charity is asking members of the public to remember those children where Christmas can be a difficult time of year. Aberlour – Scotland’s Children’s Charity has launched its Christmas Appeal which this year focuses on its work with vulnerable children and families across Scotland affected … Continued

70 Vulnerable Renfrewshire Youngsters on The Lookout For Mentors

15
Nov
2019

Care-experienced children and young people across Renfrewshire need support from local mentors to help raise their attainment in school and their overall confidence. Aberlour Child Care Trust and Renfrewshire Council recently joined forces to launch the Aberlour Attain Mentoring Service in Renfrewshire. The service aims to raise the attainment of Renfrewshire’s care experienced children and … Continued

We need your help this Christmas

8
Nov
2019

  Harrison wouldn’t be spending Christmas with his mum this year without generous and wonderful people like you supporting Aberlour. He’s really excited about Christmas and having breakfast with Santa but two years ago it was different story. Caitlin, his mum, was having suicidal thoughts. “Harrison’s birth had been traumatic; we’d had trouble bonding and … Continued

Politicians from across the divides back Aberlour’s child poverty campaign

31
Oct
2019

MSPs from all five elected parties to the Scottish Parliament have backed Aberlour’s campaign to tackle child poverty and inequality in Scotland. More than forty politicians from the Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Liberal Democrats and SNP have agreed with Aberlour that a ‘bad start to life shouldn’t mean a bad end’ and have signed pledges this … Continued

Blog: We need to listen properly and encourage others to do the same

25
Oct
2019

“Just because he doesn’t speak, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have anything to say.” These were the words of a young person living in one of our Aberlour houses about her neighbour, a young man who is on the autism spectrum and has very limited verbal communication. When I asked her to explain what she … Continued

Ruth Harvey, Policy & Participation Officer

Blog: What does it feel like to work in a children’s care home?

23
Oct
2019

Caring for young people in Scotland is approaching a very exciting moment in its history: the Care Review is reaching its conclusion. I’m excited and determined to play a part in driving its recommendations that will lead to the much-needed improvements to the care sector. I hear about the care system being described as ‘broken’. … Continued

Aberlour Sycamore Service - It's a Knock Out Summer 2019

Blog: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

17
Oct
2019

To eradicate child poverty here in Scotland we need to use the levers that we have at our disposal, before it’s too late. We need to make a lasting difference to each and every one of the quarter of a million children in Scotland who are currently living in poverty, and prevent that number from … Continued

Liz Nolan of Aberlour

Blog: Challenge Poverty Week

7
Oct
2019

One quarter of all children in Scotland are living in poverty. That is nearly 250,000 children. As I write this today, there are 10,000 more children in Scotland living in poverty than there were last year. If nothing changes in the next 12 months that figure is projected to rise by at least the same … Continued

SallyAnn Kelly

Our door to door fundraisers could be visiting you!

4
Oct
2019

As part of our new campaign, a bad start shouldn’t mean a bad end, door to door fundraisers will be working across Scotland over the coming months so you might receive a visit from them. We are working with a company called Appco UK whose fundraisers will be visiting homes around Scotland to tell you … Continued

our response to the Scottish Parliament passing the equal protection bill

3
Oct
2019

SallyAnn Kelly, CEO of Aberlour, said: “Aberlour is delighted that today the Scottish Parliament has outlawed the physical punishment of children by passing the Equal Protection Bill into law, ensuring children in Scotland will now have the same protection from assault as adults. This is an historic day for our children and one further step … Continued

Aberlour CEO SallyAnn Kelly

Aberlour News – Autumn edition out now

27
Sep
2019

The Autumn 2019 edition of Aberlour news is now out, packed with stories of how our supporters are enabling Aberlour to help children and young people across Scotland. >> Read Aberlour News now (pdf) We cover our new campaign that unveils shocking new research, finding that young people growing up in Scotland’s most deprived communities … Continued

New campaign launches: A bad start shouldn’t mean a bad end

19
Sep
2019

New research commissioned by Aberlour Child Care Trust has found that people from Scotland’s most deprived communities are three times more likely to die before they reach their 25th birthday. The research was carried out by Dr Morag Treanor, Professor of Child and Family Inequalities at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, and is the first to focus … Continued

Our head office is moving

13
Sep
2019

After 50 years at 36 Park Terrace, Stirling, Aberlour has moved to a new charity hub located near Stirling train station. Our new address is Aberlour Child Care Trust, Kintail House, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ. Our phone numbers are unchanged. Any mail sent to Park Terrace will be redirected. Speaking about the move, Aberlour’s … Continued

Children flourish thanks to gifts left in wills

10
Sep
2019

Thanks to a generous gift left in the will of one of our amazing supporters, disabled children across Scotland can experience life to the full. “I have never been bored. I don’t want to go home” – says Corey, a 13-year old boy with autism and anxiety issues. He has just enjoyed his first weekend … Continued

Corey, Aberlour Options Adventures