Project Description

Not all children are born with an equal chance. Aberlour is there for Scotland’s hidden children, when others let them down. Because every child deserves a chance to flourish.

Aberlour helps by:

Offering a safe place to live for children who have suffered abuse and trauma.

Making life easier for families where a child has a disability.

Giving babies a brighter future by building confidence in their parents.

Helping families recover from drug and alcohol addiction, so their children can thrive.

Working with young people to prevent their problems from spiralling out of control.

Our vision is to transform the lives of the children and families we work with and, through this, contribute to building a fairer and more equal society.

One of our projects is Aberlour Youthpoint – Glasgow. Running for nine years, the service helps children and young people living in parts of the city with high levels of deprivation and crime. Our youth workers engage with hard-to-reach young people who are being missed by other services, by meeting them on their territory – the streets.

Often with chaotic home environments, the young people who are hanging about at night are vulnerable in lots of ways. Many are at risk of using drugs and alcohol, committing crimes and coming to harm through violent gang culture. A simple intervention from a positive adult role model, taking in interest in them and their welfare, can often be all it takes to bring about positive changes in their lives.

Aberlour Youthpoint – Glasgow uses the street-work setting to build relationships, which leads on to further opportunities for young people to take part in, including youth clubs, group work, residential outings and one-to-one support.

More recently, Youthpoint has been running an arts project called One Scotland: Community Connections within the African Arts Centre in Govan. Funded by the Young Start Fund (a grants program offered by the Big Lottery Fund), the project sought to build integration and understanding among groups of young people from a range of cultural backgrounds.

The project used art, storytelling and music sessions to explore issues around belonging, community and identity; while practical projects included the makeover of a community kitchen, teaching construction and tiling skills to young people with no other qualifications.

One Scotland: Community Connections was documented by a trio of Glasgow artists – this is their interpretation of our project.