Aberdeen Asset Management provides cash boost for Barnardo’s Scotland

Claire Drummond
Claire Drummond

Experiences to help create happy childhood memories will be delivered to young people in the Granite City after Aberdeen Asset Management’s charity committee donated £5,000 to support the work of Barnardo’s Scotland.

Children in care supported by the children’s charity in Aberdeen who have experienced a range of significant difficulties will be able to enjoy different challenges and new experiences. The donation will go towards the purchase of sports equipment and clothing, to take the children on fun days out, to pay for art therapy classes where they can explore and express their feelings without words and to cover the costs of them attending a regular activity class or club over the course of a year.

Morag McIntyre from Barnardo’s Scotland said: “We are delighted that Aberdeen Asset Management has supported our work in its home city for children who have a range of complex and challenging difficulties. The grant provides the ‘add ons’ to the core emotional and practical support provided by Barnardo’s Scotland staff including items and activities which will form the basis of happy childhood memories.”

Claire Drummond, head of charitable giving at Aberdeen Asset Management added: “Every child deserves positive childhood experiences and Barnardo’s Scotland will use these funds to create happy moments in the lives of young people in their care, a worthy aim and one that our staff in Aberdeen were pleased to support.”

Aberdeen Asset Charitable Foundation was established in 2012 to formalise and develop the Group’s charitable giving globally. The Foundation seeks partnerships with smaller charities around the world, where funds can be seen to have a meaningful and measurable impact and the firm encourages its employees to use their time and skills to support its charitable projects. The focus of the Foundation is around emerging markets and local communities, reflecting the desire to give back to those areas which are a key strategic focus of the business and to build on the historic pattern of giving to communities in which Aberdeen employees live and work. For more information click here.

Barnardo’s Scotland has been working across the country for more than a century, reaching out to the most disadvantaged children, young people, families and communities to help ensure that every child has the best possible start in life. The charity aims to make sure that every young person can reach their full potential, whatever their circumstances in life and it runs more than 130 community-based services across Scotland.

These range from helping young people leaving care services by bridging the gap between being in care and living in the adult world to parental support services providing assistance in the crucial early years of a child’s life. They also have services that work to support children and young people who have been or are at risk of being sexually exploited and support services for families affected by the imprisonment of a parent. Its vision is to realise founder Thomas Barnardo’s dream of a world where no child is turned away from the help that they need.

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