Aberlour Scotland's Children's Charity

Charity registered in Scotland SC007991

Aberlour is the largest, solely Scottish, children’s charity and we provide help to over 6000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year.
Our aim is to help those children most in need, working with as many children and families as our resources allow in the areas of:

• Children and families affected by disability
• Children and families affected by drugs and alcohol
• Young People at Risk
• Parent and Child Development
Our mission is to improve the lives of Scotland's children and young people.

The Trust shall have the following Charitable Purposes (the Charitable Purposes): (a) to provide, maintain and promote care, accommodation, support, training and/or services for: (i) children and young persons who are in need of care, protection, assistance and/ or training; (ii) in exceptional circumstances, those who were previously children or young persons assisted by the Trust who remain vulnerable and/or disadvantaged and therefore remain in need of care, protection, assistance and/ or training; and (iii) vulnerable and/or disadvantaged adults whose assistance by the Trust will provide care, protection and/or assistance to children and young persons; and (b) to provide, maintain and promote education, training, consultancy, research and information: (i) for the beneficiaries listed in (a), as may be required to meet their specific educational and physical needs; (ii) for current and prospective individuals and agencies involved, whether through the Trust or otherwise, with issues relating principally to the types of beneficiaries listed in (a); and (iii) for members of the public generally and decision-makers about the activities of the Trust and issues arising therefrom.


Current opportunities

Children and Young Person’s Befriender- Glasgow What will I be doing? Loneliness can have a significant impact on a child’s life. As a volunteer befriender you would be matched with a child or young person who you would spend regular time with on a 1:1 basis, building a trusting relationship and having fun. You would take part in activities that a child/young person enjoys such as playing football/going to the park or introduce them to new activities or hobbies that they may not have the opportunity to take part in normally. Befriender’s can be male or female, from various backgrounds and anyone aged 18 and over – there is no upper age limit to become a befriender! The impact you can make For a child or young person having a befriender can be life changing. A befriender can provide emotional support to a child/young person and act as a positive role model. Through taking part in new activities, children and young people can learn new skills which will help improve their confidence and self-esteem. The benefits to you As a volunteer you will gain practical experience of spending time with children and increase your knowledge about the issues affecting children. You will meet a range of new people and be filled with a sense of satisfaction, knowing that you have helped make a difference in a child’s life. Volunteers will spend time with a child on a weekly basis, days and times can be flexible. If you are interested in this role, please enquire or apply now.

What will I be doing? Living in a home with domestic abuse can have a significant impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. The women we support in our Bridges Partnership service in partnership with Shelter Scotland, supports mothers and their children living in the North-West and South Glasgow area, who are or who have been affected by domestic abuse. The women we support are looking after their children and trying to build back a happy and safe home environment for their future, but they can also be socially isolated and lonely. We are looking for kind and empathetic befrienders who can offer emotional and practical support to women. You would be matched with a mum and would spend time together on a 1:1 basis, building a positive and trusting relationship. The impact you can make The people we support tell us that a Befriender can be life changing. You will support women to participate in and access opportunities and activities within their local community. Examples could be going for a walk, supporting them with appointments or talking over a cuppa. This can help increase their connections and improve their confidence and self-esteem. Being there for them and providing a listening ear will be a huge support and will make a big difference in their lives. The benefits to you As a volunteer you will receive comprehensive training including Child and Adult Protection and specific training in relation to domestic abuse.  You will gain practical experience of supporting women affected by domestic abuse and will receive ongoing support from our staff team throughout your befriending role. You will meet new people and be filled with a sense of satisfaction, knowing that you are helping to support women and make a positive difference in their life.