Equal Futures

Charity registered in Scotland SC033799

Equal Futures creates connections for people with a learning disability or autism in Scotland. Equal Futures was set up in 2002 by a group of parents who have a family member with disabilities, with the aim of helping families plan for the future to ensure that their relative can live a good life whilst recognising the importance of social connections. We support people and their families through Circles of support, befriending and social events providing support for people aged 16 and over across Scotland. Equal Futures currently support 25 families and are always meeting new families who require support.


Current opportunities

Community Event Volunteer Community Event volunteers attend and support our regular social events for focus people and their families in Edinburgh & Lothians. Community event volunteers attend and support our regular social events for focus people and their families in Edinburgh and Lothians. Social events have a theme or activity (such as arts and crafts, coding, zumba, martial arts, etc) and volunteers join in with the focus people. This helps to build the focus people's confidence and skills in social situations. Events are scheduled, but volunteers can attend a selection of the dates if their schedule doesn't allow for full commitment to the social events.

Volunteer Professionals Volunteer professionals utilise their expertise and knowledge to help the focus person and their family to navigate through a challenging time or a period of transition. The volunteer will meet with the family, providing advice and answering questions. For example, a retired school teacher might help a young person who is transitioning from school to college

Befrienders, as part of the circle of support, help the focus person to build their confidence and participate in social activities within their community. As a Volunteer Befriender, you will be a part of a person's circle of support and help the focus person to build their confidence through participating in social activities within their community. This may include going for walks, participating in clubs or classes together or attending Equal Futures' monthly social events. Befrienders attend the circle meetings (approx. bi-monthly) and meet 1:1 with their focus person weekly or fortnightly. Equal Futures supports you throughout your volunteering