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Being Brave – Our Aberlour Strategy 2021 – 2025

19
Apr
2021

Aberlour’s new strategy is about Being Brave for Children, Young People and Families.   We know that not all children are born with an equal chance. We know that support often comes too late and in response to crisis. And we know that this has a negative impact on children already facing disadvantage because of … Continued

Blog: Ending Child Poverty Must Be A Top Priority

15
Apr
2021

SallyAnn Kelly, CEO of Aberlour, recently provided an article for The Scottish Sun about our Scottish election plea urging all political parties to make ending child poverty a top priority. Read the article here. More than a quarter of Scotland’s children live in poverty. New government statistics published last month show that, even before Covid, … Continued

End child poverty

Young people design new house for children in care in Tayside

8
Apr
2021

Aberlour Children’s Charity, is proud to announce the opening of Red Squirrel, a unique and inspiring new house in Tayside for primary school aged children who are not able to live with their own families. Red Squirrel has been co-designed with children and young people who have been in the care system themselves, and is … Continued

Blog: The Promise Scotland Launches Plan 21-24

31
Mar
2021

At Aberlour we are committed to #KeepThePromise. We enthusiastically welcome the publication of the Plan 21-24 and the immediate and urgent steps it insists Scotland now must take as a country to achieve the necessary change required for Scotland’s children, young people and families. The Plan 21-24 is clear about the need for a relentless … Continued

Blog: UNCRC Incorporation Bill

19
Mar
2021

On Tuesday evening (16th March) the Scottish Parliament unanimously voted to incorporate the human rights of children and young people into law in Scotland. As I followed the debate and the vote at Holyrood on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Incorporation Bill it was clear that this was an important … Continued

Top Fostering Myths Answered

15
Mar
2021

Over the years our experienced fostering team have been asked lots of questions about who can actually become a foster carer. Below we share the most common myths which many people believe would stop them fostering a child in need. Help us de-bunk these myths and find more loving, stable homes for vulnerable children across … Continued

Fostering Common Myths Debunked

Parents with learning needs campaign to #KeepThePromise

19
Feb
2021

In January parents with learning disabilities and learning needs supported by our Family Service – South Ayrshire helped to plan and host an event for councilors, senior officials, and practitioners from South Ayrshire Council. Along with the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD), Aberlour hosted the event to help highlight the importance of … Continued

No place like home campaign SallyAnn

Our young people helped shape new human rights legislation

19
Feb
2021

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

19
Feb
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 living in poverty. As a … Continued

Aberlour manifesto for Parliamentary elections 2021

Aberlour launches petition to double Scottish child payment

26
Jan
2021

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

18
Jan
2021

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

17
Dec
2020

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

16
Dec
2020

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

4
Dec
2020

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

30
Nov
2020

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

27
Nov
2020

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