Aberlour Children’s Charity

“We help Scotland’s struggling children and families at Aberlour we know that not all children are born with an equal chance”.

Ayr Rotary Club was privileged to have Sarah McNaught as our guest speaker on Aberlour Orphanage & Children’s Charity. As the Charity’s Head of Marketing and Communications with responsibility for sustaining its promotional strategy and high-profile campaigns to raise awareness, Sarah worked for over 30 years in the private and public sectors, including 15 years in the drinks industry, accumulating extensive experience in marketing and communications.

Together, she continued, we will be brave for children and families to overcome poverty, disadvantage and discrimination. Aberlour Children’s Charity helps disadvantaged children and families in Scotland have a brighter future because not all children are born with an equal chance. We work to beat poverty and discrimination said Sarah. What we offer includes residential and fostering, recovery from addiction, early years support, also we ensure children with a disability get the right care and support they need

President Bob with Sarah

We provide support at the earliest opportunity. Giving children an equal chance, and the best possible start in life is at the heart of everything we do.

Sarah explained the ethos and values of Aberlour-

  1. Respect

We care about one another’s feelings and opinions. As an organisation that stands up for every child’s right to thrive, a culture of respect is inherent in our work.

  1. Integrity

We recognise that to represent the concerns of Scotland’s children and families fully, we may have to take difficult decisions. We strive to act with integrity at all times.

  1. Innovative

We are committed to improving how we help Scotland’s most disadvantaged children and families earlier and faster. We know that they are experts in their own lives and can help us become the best possible innovators. We use this expertise to drive our ideas and our thinking.

  1. Challenging

We challenge ourselves to be the best we can be and we listen carefully to children and families about their experiences. Externally we use our campaigning voice to strengthen policies that promote equal opportunity and equality. We make sure the voices of children and families are heard.

From its formation in March 1875, Canon Charles Jupp opened a home for “mitherless bairns” at Burnside Cottage. Jupp was personal chaplain to Miss Macpherson Grant of Aberlour, who pledged to fund an orphanage with rectory, church and school. It is believed that Miss Macpherson Grant inherited from an uncle who had been involved in running plantations in Jamaica in the 19th Century. It is therefore likely the inheritance, which funded the orphanage, included money made by the use of slavery.

Neil Beattie gave a worthy vote of thanks