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

Aberlour Sycamore Services offer a safe and loving place to live for children and young people who have experienced abuse or trauma. As a volunteer Befriender, you can play an active role in supporting a child or young person emotionally, socially and helping them to enjoy a range of opportunities and activities. Volunteer Befrienders spend regular 1:1 time with a child or young person to build up a trusting relationship, to develop interests and hobbies, and to be a consistent figure in their life to support them through life transitions. Children and young people living in our Sycamore Residential Services can benefit hugely from having a Befriender. Spending time on a 1:1 basis allows children and young people to develop their communication skills and build their confidence and self-esteem through sharing in a fun activity. By volunteering as a Befriender in our Sycamore Residential Services, 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 Sycamore Residential teams. Volunteer Befrienders typically spent time with a child or young person once every 2-3 weeks, during evenings and weekends.

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 Mentors can play an active role in supporting parents facing challenging circumstances. Mentors can help parents and carers to develop life skills, identify and work towards goals, and develop trusting relationships. Parents and carers can hugely benefit from having a volunteer Mentor, to help them identify goals, work through challenging circumstances and celebrate achievements. Parents and carers can benefit from 1:1 time spent with a supportive person, building their social skills, confidence and self-esteem. By volunteering as a Mentor with our Sustain service in Angus, you can gain valuable experience of supporting parents and carers through day to day challenges that they might face. 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 Mentors typically spend time with a parent or carer once a fortnight.

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.