Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund

Thousands of children and their families across Scotland will experience significant levels of poverty as a result of the Coronavirus. The situation is changing daily and the full-scale of the impact of Covid-19 is yet to be fully quantified.

What is certain however is that families already at breaking point will struggle to put food on their tables, ensure they can heat and light their homes and meet their essential needs. And sadly many more who were just managing will now be pulled into the grip of poverty.

As families stay in behind closed doors, we are sadly also anticipating an increase in domestic abuse.

Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund provides cash grants to help families with children who are suffering extreme hardship, including the impact of the Coronavirus. 100% of the money raised by Aberlour for the Fund goes directly to families.

The Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund awards cash grants to assist children and young people (aged 21 and under) across Scotland, and their families, who are suffering extreme hardship.

This support is usually via cash grants to assist with a range of needs, such as food, prepay power cards, clothing, bedding or other essentials. Due to the unprecedented impact of coronavirus on jobs and families’ circumstances many of the applications being received are for absolute essential and basic items.

For families to qualify for cash grants from the Fund, some key criteria need to be met:

  • There must be a child in the family who is 21 or under.
  • That child must be suffering extreme hardship.
  • A family can receive only one grant per financial year.

Available funds are limited and all applications will be evaluated against evidence of a family’s financial status.

Applications must be endorsed and submitted by a sponsor, acting in their professional capacity, such as social workers, health care professionals, teachers, clergy and third sector organisations. A sponsor must submit a fully completed application form – applications from individuals cannot be accepted. To apply for a grant, please download the Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund application form and return to urgentassistance@aberlour.org.uk.

Due to coronavirus the number of applications to the Fund have increased by more than 1400%. Aberlour are working incredibly hard to process all applications and ensure families get the financial assistance they desperately need as soon as possible. Aberlour aims to process applications within five working days and then to deliver grants via BACS payments (ie directly to bank accounts)

How Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund helped Sarah and her baby

Shortly after Sarah’s baby was born, both became unwell and were rushed to intensive care for a week. After recovering, they were due to be discharged when it became apparent that Sarah had very little income and no support from family. That meant after paying her household bills and baby essentials, there wasn’t enough money left to buy warm clothing.

Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund came to the rescue for Sarah and her baby. It provided Sarah with a sum of money to enable her to have food for her cupboards and freezer, warm clothes for her and her baby to minimise any repeat visits to hospital, and money for her gas and electricity meters.