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

Could you be a positive male role model to a child or young person? We are recruiting male volunteer Befrienders to spend time sharing an activity or hobby on a regular basis. Aberlour Sustain (Angus) help struggling families to stay together, by giving them the help and support they need to prevent a child from being taken into care. We understand that family life can be difficult for all sorts of reasons, and volunteer Befrienders can play an active role in supporting a child emotionally and socially. Befrienders can help children and young people enjoy a wide range of opportunities and activities, while building a trusting relationship and being a consistent figure through life transitions. Children and young people can benefit hugely from having a befriender. Spending time on a 1:1 basis allows children to develop their communication skills and build their confidence and self-esteem through sharing in a fun activity. By volunteering as a Befriender with our Sustain service in Angus, you can gain valuable experience of working with children and young people and developing an awareness of the issues affecting them. Volunteers can gain a sense of satisfaction knowing they are helping others to develop new skills and achieve their potential, while developing their own confidence and having fun. Volunteers are valued members of the Sustain team in Angus. Volunteer Befrienders typically spend time with a child or young person once a fortnight, during evenings and weekends.

Could you be a positive male role model to a child or young person? We are recruiting male volunteer Befrienders to spend time sharing an activity or hobby on a regular basis. Aberlour Sustain (Angus) help struggling families to stay together, by giving them the help and support they need to prevent a child from being taken into care. We understand that family life can be difficult for all sorts of reasons, and volunteer Befrienders can play an active role in supporting a child emotionally and socially. Befrienders can help children and young people enjoy a wide range of opportunities and activities, while building a trusting relationship and being a consistent figure through life transitions. Children and young people can benefit hugely from having a befriender. Spending time on a 1:1 basis allows children to develop their communication skills and build their confidence and self-esteem through sharing in a fun activity. By volunteering as a Befriender with our Sustain service in Angus, you can gain valuable experience of working with children and young people and developing an awareness of the issues affecting them. Volunteers can gain a sense of satisfaction knowing they are helping others to develop new skills and achieve their potential, while developing their own confidence and having fun. Volunteers are valued members of the Sustain team in Angus. Volunteer Befrienders typically spend time with a child or young person once a fortnight, during evenings and weekends.

Would you like to help children with disabilities by assisting with travel to and from our services in Aberdeen? Aberlour Options Aberdeen is a short breaks service, providing residential, community-based short breaks and care at home for children and young people with disabilities. We offer a safe, homely environment for a child to come and stay for a short break that gives their families a rest from their caring role. Volunteer Drivers play an important role in helping transport children to and from our service on our minibus, helping them to feel comfortable and secure. Our services are in the Bucksburn and Garthdee areas of Aberdeen, with journeys frequently across the Aberdeen City area. Volunteer Drivers play an important role in helping children feel safe, secure and relaxed during these journeys. Volunteer Drivers put children at ease, who may otherwise be feeling anxious by interacting with children and being a friendly face to accompany them to and from the service. These interactions help to develop communication skills, building confidence and self-esteem. Volunteer Drivers can gain a real sense of satisfaction from helping children with disabilities travel to and from the Options Aberdeen service, knowing they are making a positive impact and helping to make their time at Option Aberdeen enjoyable. Volunteer Drivers can gain experience working with children and young people, and become part of a supportive and encouraging team. Contact Details Shonagh Kane |Volunteer Coordinator (North) volunteering@aberlour.org.uk | 07864 625069