ABEL is a voluntary organisation that arose out of the strong desire of parents to do something for themselves to overcome the devastating effect that bullying can have on children, their families and their community.
In 2000 ABEL formally known as ELPPAB was launched to act with, or on behalf of, parents and young people to progress and resolve issues of concern, including bullying. This has been done by representing the broadest spectrum of parents to enable effective communication between parents, pupils and schools, building respectful relationships between all parties so that all young people receive the best possible education.
ABEL was originally known as ELPPAB (East Lothian Parents and Pupils Against Bullying). ELPPAB evolved from a campaign pressure group founded by parents in 1997. They were at the time experiencing first hand the devastating effects bullying can have on a young person and their family. They worked voluntarily to increase awareness of bullying issues and provided a voice for families who were concerned about bullying in schools, community establishments and the wider community. They petitioned the local authority and the Scottish Executive for action to be taken to ensure that all young people were educated in as safe and positive environment as possible.
The parents worked in partnership with East Lothian Council to address parents and young people’s concerns, and produced a consultation document, which was presented to Helen Liddell (Scottish Minister of Education 1999) At the meeting with Helen Liddell MSP, the need for advocacy for parents was raised and help was asked to setup ELPPAB as a pilot project providing Independent Advocacy for families within East Lothian. Funding for ELPPAB was granted from the Scottish Executive under ‘Supporting the Role of Parents’ element of the Excellence Fund awarded to East Lothian Council.
In January 2000 ELPPAB held its Inaugural General Meeting and by April 2000 a management committee had been elected and a constitution passed. ELPPAB was now recognised as a charitable organisation.
In October 2002, it was decided that the name ELPPAB should be changed. Although the spelling of ABEL(Anti bullying East Lothain) is different we do aim to empower pupils, parents and staff to become more able to make changes that will improve the quality of their lives. We also wanted to emphasise that the organisation was not part of East Lothian Council but in fact an independent organisation. It was therefore agreed that the name should be changed to ABEL.
Mission / Vision
To support and assist families and schools to overcome and resolve issues of concern such as bullying behavior, relationship and communication issues.
- ABEL would like to continue to develop and improve our support for Parents/Carers in East Lothian.
- Extend our pro-active work in delivering bespoke workshops that address current issues of concern.
- Help young people to build their self-esteem and improve their relationships with those around them.
In summary, ABEL as an organization will continue to make a positive difference in East Lothian.