Aberlour Services – Dumfries and Galloway


Aberlour runs four distinctive family services in Dumfries and Galloway:

  • Intensive Family Support Service
  • Families2Gether
  • Smarter2Gether
  • Communities2Gether

Intensive Family Support service

We help parents and children in Dumfries and Galloway, who are struggling to cope. The families we work with may be affected by a range of issues, which could include drug and alcohol use in the family. We work with whole families as well as children on their own and will work with children from birth.

Our family workers spend time with children and parents in lots of settings, including their own homes, at our dedicated base or in other community locations.

We help by

  • Giving children a trusted person they can talk to about what they are going through at home
  • Offering practical help with schoolwork, homework and attending meetings at the school when necessary.
  • Helping with things like establishing routines and boundaries and maintaining the family home
  • Focusing on a range of issues and life skills such as healthy eating and cooking on a budget, through group work sessions
  • Helping parents read to their children regularly, by building their confidence through Book Bug activities
  • Encouraging engagement with community support networks such as Mother and Toddler groups
  • Delivering a specialist program called Parents As First Teachers, known as PAFT. It’s designed to help parents to support their children to reach their full potential. The program is open to parents with children aged 1-3 years old. We also offer a special program for children aged 3-5 years old, to help them to transition to nursery or school.


Transitioning from prison back into family life can have a major emotional strain on the whole family. During this extremely vulnerable period, having a family member leave prison and move back into the family home can lead to a break-down of family relationships. Studies show that by ensuring people who have spent time in prison have meaningful contact with their families prior to release, they are six times less likely to re-offend.

The Aberlour Families2gether support service will work people serving prison sentences of less than four years, those on remand, and those on a Home Detention Curfew from 12 weeks prior to their release and during the first six months after release to help ease the crucial process of integrating back into the family home.


We help children and young people (aged 11-18) who need extra help with education. We support children with challenging behaviour as a result of the complicated emotions they experience and give young people a trusted person they can talk to, as well as someone who can support them with their learning.

Our young people may have experienced trauma in their lives and feel that no-one understands them. Some have a chaotic home life, and are risk of being taken into care, far away from their own community. Others are already living in care, and experiencing the complicated feelings that come with it. All of these factors can cause a lot of stress and worry. In turn, this can make school a difficult environment to be in.


Our newly refubrished community premises is open to all, providing a range of benefits from the communities of Dumfries including:

  • community laundry
  • community clothing
  • Food support through FareShare / Community Fridges
  • Lending library
  • Bookbug sessions
  • Garden space
  • family rooms
  • meeting rooms

Based at Lincluden House, North West Resource Centre, College Drive, Dumfries.

  • Monday / Wednesday / Friday 9am – 5pm
  • Tuesday / Thursday 9am – 7pm
  • Sunday 10am – 2pm

Contact Details

Aberlour Family Outreach – Dumfries and Galloway
North West Resource Centre
College Drive



(01387) 325090