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

As a volunteer befriender with our perinatal support project you will provide listening and emotional support to parents who are suffering with low to moderate mental health issues or are identified as vulnerable to developing mental health issues in the perinatal period. This support may be through telephone calls, home visits, group work or support to access other local services. What will i be doing? Offer regular listening and emotional support to reduce social isolation and to help mum be more emotionally available for her baby and other family members Observe how mum responds to her baby and offer guidance if required Help mum take the baby and other children outside of the home so they can access services they need – i.e. health services, shops, parks and children’s centres Give mum support with issues which concern them, for example by signposting to organisations that can help with benefits and housing.

We are looking for volunteer mentors to support children and young people across Renfrewshire. What will I be doing as a Mentor? • Direct one-to-one mentoring with a child or young person • Providing support for children/young people to access and take part in opportunities within their local area • Working alongside a child or young person to set personal goals for their education and their future • To motivate and encourage children/young people to help them to make positive choices in their lives in regards to their education and their future • Encouraging children and young people to value their education and have high aspirations • Listening to a child/young person by valuing and respecting their feelings, views and opinions • Where required taking an active part in reviews and evaluations.

As a volunteer befriender with our perinatal support project you will provide listening and emotional support to parents who have low to moderate mental health issues or are identified as vulnerable to developing mental health issues in the perinatal period. The perinatal period is from pregnancy to baby’s first birthday. This support may be through home visits, telephone calls, group work or support to access other local services. what will i be doing? Offer regular listening and emotional support to reduce social isolation Support mum with responses to her baby Help mum take the baby outside of the home so they can access services they need – i.e. health services, shops, parks and children’s centres Give mum support with issues which concern them, for example by signposting to organisations that can help with benefits and housing.

Are you a positive role model who could give support to a child or young person in Renfrewshire or Inverclyde? Do you have an enthusiastic approach and an ability to connect with children and young people on a 1-1 basis? We are looking for volunteer mentors to support vulnerable children and young people aged 8-14 years old, who are Looked After at Home. What will i be doing? Direct one-to-one mentoring with a child or young person within Renfrewshire or Inverclyde. Providing support for children/young people to access social opportunities and take part in fun activities within their local area Working alongside a child or young person to set personal goals and motivate and encourage them to take part and make choices in their lives Listening to a child/young person by valuing and respecting their feelings, views and opinions Where required taking an active part in reviews and evaluations.