Club members enjoyed a fascinating talk from a representative of the Aberlour Trust outlining its wonderful work. Aberlour is a national children’s charity helping children and their families across Scotland have a brighter future. Its mission is to be brave for children and families and to provide support at the earliest opportunity in the belief that all children deserve to flourish since not all are born with an equal chance. Staff challenge themselves to be the best they can be and to listen carefully to children and their families about their experiences. They also use their campaigning voices to strengthen policies that promote equal opportunity and equality.
The charity provides a wide range of services including residential care and fostering with loving homes for children who have experienced trauma and abuse. It gives babies a brighter future by building confidence in their parents, makes life easier for families where a child has a disability, and helps parents to recover from drug and alcohol misuse, poor mental health and domestic abuse. In addition it gives immediate relief to families who are struggling to provide food, heating and clothing for their children.
Aberlour also helps refugee children, young people and victims of trafficking who arrive in Scotland alone. It helps them to settle into a new life and cope with being apart from their families in a strange, new country.