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Digi Inventors Challenge is Back!

1
Mar
2018

Love tech? Want to use it to help others? We do too. Join the #DigiInventorsChallenge today and help create a fitter, healthier and happier future for Scotland’s young people! The #DigiInventorsChallenge, in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health & Care Institute, is on a mission to find smart new ways to help Scotland’s … Continued

Young People Kick off their Year in true Scottish-Style!

22
Feb
2018

Irn Bru, Tunnock’s Teacakes and haggis were on the menu as a group of young people hosted a late Burns Night at Aberlour’s Youthpoint service in Moray. The service helps children and young people who may be struggling with their emotions and behaviour. The group of 12-25 year-olds organised every detail of the event to … Continued

Children’s charity partnership launch innovative learning tool to help others

24
Jan
2018

A UNIQUE partnership project that supports families on the brink of crisis, has launched a tool to support other organisations to learn from its success. Dundee Early Intervention Team (DEIT) worked with Iriss (www.iriss.org.uk), a charitable organisation that supports the Scottish social services sector to make use of knowledge and research for service innovation and … Continued

Young chefs cook up a storm as part of unique festive community project

15
Dec
2017

A TEAM of teenage cooks have served up Christmas lunch with a difference in Govan. The young people, all aged 13-16, have been taking part in a project organised by two charities working in partnership, Aberlour and Street Cones. Today [Dec14], after two months of cookery lessons, the group – known as the ‘Storm Cookers’ … Continued

Aberlour Honoured for Procurement Excellence  

27
Oct
2017

  Aberlour Child Care Trust has been honoured alongside the Scottish procurement elite at the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Scotland 2017/18, held at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday 25 October 2017.   Hosted by BiP Solutions Ltd, the GO Awards are the UK’s premier procurement awards, with annual ceremonies … Continued

Blog Post by SallyAnn Kelly, CEO

20
Oct
2017

At Aberlour we work with vulnerable children and families across Scotland for a variety of reasons. It could be as a result of poor mental health, low educational attainment, children at risk of being taken into care or issues around dependency. So often there is one recurring, and near universal, theme in the lives of … Continued

Aberlour Family Service – South Ayrshire receives £150,000 in lottery funding

11
Oct
2017

A GROUND-BREAKING project which helps adults with learning disabilities to become better parents, has received a National Lottery Award of £150,000, from The Big Lottery Fund. Aberlour Family Service – South Ayrshire was awarded the funds for its work helping parents to increase their skills and self-confidence in taking care of their children. Service Manager … Continued

Charity Walk for Peace – A benefiting Response to Extremists by Muslims

13
Sep
2017

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community whose motto is “Love for all, hatred for none” has been promoting the true teachings of Islam by organising many peace events and charity walks to raise funds for the needy, poor, sick and vulnerable members of society.  This has been a  powerful counter-narrative to extremists that are often in the … Continued

Sir Alex Ferguson meets Aberlour’s young people on visit to Govan

7
Jul
2017

Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed teenagers from Aberlour’s Youthpoint service for helping revive his old neighbourhood. The football legend returned to a hero’s welcome in Glasgow’s Govan, where he grew up, to open a refurbished walkway on the banks of the Clyde. Five young people from Youthpoint helped with the refurbishment of the riverside route … Continued

Sir Alex Ferguson meets young people from Aberlour Youthpoint

A letter from Australia

26
Jun
2017

The team at Aberlour were delighted to receive a letter from Helen Yates from Australia. She shared with us her family’s experience with Aberlour Orphanage, established in 1875 in Charlestoun, Aberlour. You can read her letter below:   “This donation is in memory of my father, Donald Yates, who died earlier this year. Dad’s mother … Continued

65 Early Learning and Childcare Practitioners Achieve Qualifications

23
Jun
2017

Aberlour Futures, an SQA Accredited Centre providing Vocational Qualifications and Training for the Early Learning and Childcare workforce in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, has enabled 65 Early Learning and Childcare practitioners to achieve childcare qualifications. The learners were presented with awards in Skills for work Early Education and Childcare National 5 in Social Services and … Continued

Aberlour News Summer 2017

19
May
2017

Our summer newsletter is now out! We’re pleased to bring you the latest edition of the newsletter, packed with stories from our services across Scotland. This issue has an update from our fostering service and how you can get involved. You’ll also read more about our work with new mothers and babies. Finally, the newsletter is full of … Continued

Aberlour Summer Newsletter

what do i truly want? a view from a young person in foster care

17
May
2017

“If you had asked me what i really wanted to do more than anything i would struggle to answer. What would i truly want? I would say i wish i could have worked harder at school, have more confidence, be different, be someone else. These are all choices in reflection i would change about myself. … Continued

A family taking a kite out to play

aberlour go live with first tv advert

17
May
2017

Aberlour is delighted to introduce our first TV advert! The advert will run across the  STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh local channels, and on the main STV channel in April. We’re raising awareness of Aberlour and the work we do with Scotland’s hidden children. we help by Offering a safe and loving place to live for children … Continued

Screengrab of Aberlour TV advert

statement on the scottish government’s mental health strategy

17
May
2017

We welcome the publication of a new 10-year mental health strategy by the Scottish Government, however we are disappointed at the lack of detail around many of the proposed actions. The strategy rightly identifies early intervention and prevention as key to addressing mental health concerns early before they become more acute and require more intensive … Continued