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Ukraine Crisis: Joint Statement from Scottish Refugee Council and Aberlour

4
Mar
2022

A Joint Statement of Sabir Zazai Chief Executive of Scottish Refugee Council and SallyAnn Kelly Chief Executive of Aberlour “The World has watched in shock and horror as recent events have unfolded resulting in the war in Ukraine. War is always shocking and disturbing and invariably leads to immense human suffering. This war on European … Continued

Glowing report for Scottish Guardianship Service

24
Feb
2022

A new evaluation has found that the Scottish Guardianship Service offers a lifeline for asylum-seeking children who arrive alone, with no family. Since its launch in 2010, the service has supported over 750 extremely vulnerable young people, from 44 nationalities, speaking 46 different languages. The average age of children referred to the service is 15. … Continued

Scottish Guardianship Service Evaluation

We must take a new look at the challenges facing children

23
Feb
2022

Today (Wednesday 23rd February 2022) the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People Committee will be looking into what progress has been made to reduce the so-called poverty-related attainment gap. Poverty is the single greatest issue faced by families Aberlour works with. Children spend only around 15% of their time in school. What most often … Continued

SallyAnn Kelly, Aberlour CEO

response to the scottish government ending the need for foodbanks

28
Jan
2022

We welcome and share the Scottish Government’s ambition to end poverty and the need for foodbanks. At Aberlour, we see that food insecurity is one of the most common symptoms of child poverty and we support families across Scotland every day who struggle to provide food for their children. This week we responded to Scottish … Continued

scottish parliament end child poverty

A different way to look after children

20
Dec
2021

Aberlour started to look at how its staff were using physical restraint on children in 2017. Recognising that challenging behaviour was most likely to be children communicating distress, anxiety or fear, and that use of physical restraint was traumatic and created a risk of harm for the children and adults involved, the organisation decided that … Continued

a different way to look after children

No one should have to choose eating or heating

13
Dec
2021

For low income families across Scotland there won’t be much to celebrate this Christmas as COVID-19 continues to hit the poorest hardest. Families already struggling to keep their heads above water against a rising tide of financial insecurity are finding themselves trapped in poverty by spiralling debt. Energy bills are on the rise and so … Continued

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Scotland’s Redress Scheme

7
Dec
2021

On 7th December 2021 Aberlour Child Care Trust sent the Scottish Ministers an acknowledgement letter, as required by Section 14 of the Act, in order to be added to the contributor list for Scotland’s Redress Scheme. To read the full letter please click here.

Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund Receives £250,000 Boost from The Scottish Government

7
Dec
2021

Aberlour has welcomed additional funding of £250,000 for its Urgent Assistance Fund from the Scottish Government’s Winter Support Fund. This boost comes at a time when Scotland’s poorest families are facing really challenging circumstances and the charity continues to be inundated with applications to its Urgent Assistance Fund. We know that, even before COVID struck, … Continued

Scottish Government boosts Aberlour's Urgent Assistance Fund

Falkirk Families Win Prestigious National Fostering Awards

18
Nov
2021

Tonight (Thursday 18th November 2021) Aberlour Children’s Charity foster carers, Rhonda and Gordon Milne, and Calum Muir (13) won prestigious awards at the UK’s leading annual foster care awards, The Fostering Excellence Awards. Rhonda and Gordon won the prestigious Jon and Kathy Broadbent award. This award recognises the outstanding work of a foster carer who … Continued

Rhonda and Gordon

‘Poverty to Hope’ Fundraising Appeal

15
Nov
2021

EVEN HARDER WINTER PREDICTED AS NEW ABERLOUR SURVEY REVEALS PARENTS SCARED OF THE LONGER-TERM IMPACT OF POVERTY ON THEIR CHILDREN Scottish children’s charity Aberlour has warned that a decade of rising and stagnated poverty levels in Scotland combined with the impact of the pandemic, the increasing cost of living and the end of the Universal … Continued

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day!

5
Nov
2021

Happy International Volunteer Managers Day!  This years theme is ‘What is Excellence, Pushing us beyond the Ordinary’. Here’s what Jen Reston, Aberlour’s Head of Volunteering, had to say about championing excellence through our volunteering: “Excellence is Not a Skill. It is an Attitude.” – Ralph Marston To be a person of excellence is someone who … Continued

Back to School Top Tips from Aberlour Foster Carer, Lynda

19
Oct
2021

Lynda has been an Aberlour Foster Carer since Dylan* joined her family when he was eight year’s old. Dylan didn’t see school as a safe place. School made him feel very anxious and he would hide under tables. He has really heightened senses meaning the smell of school, school colours and uniform would really upset … Continued

Lynda, Aberlour Foster Carer

Our AbJam Experience

12
Oct
2021

“Inspiration”, “Creative”, “Whirlwind of Emotion”, “Fantastic”, “Nerve wracking”, “ Fun” – just a few words that our AbJam Young Planners used to describe how they felt about planning AbJam 2021! In January 2021, a group of eight amazing young people from Aberlour services across the country got together to plan AbJam 2021. AbJam is a … Continued

Challenge Poverty Week 2021: Juliet’s* story

8
Oct
2021

Juliet lives with her partner and three children. She works in a supermarket and so was a key worker during the COVID-19 lockdown. At the start of the pandemic, her husband lost his job and so she became the only worker in the family. She says they were struggling and it was her son’s guidance … Continued