Equal Futures

Charity registered in Scotland SC033799

Equal Futures is an organisation set up by a group of parents with a family member with a learning disability. This gives a unique viewpoint to the range of challenges families face when they want to make sure that their sons and daughters live a good life.

Many families feel isolated; unsure where to ask for help.

Most people with disabilities will have social care services to provide support for daily living. But there is often a lack of understanding in these services that people want more than this.

Everyone wants friends too – this is where Equal Futures can help.


Current opportunities

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. Volunteers will be added to a bank of professionals, and called upon to support families on a short-term basis. Equal Futures supports you throughout your volunteering. Volunteers will be registered with Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme

Wanted Volunteer Befriender (with a difference!) Enjoy singing rock classics in the car? Passionate about football? Or do you simply love a coffee and a chat in your favourite café? Whether you are a foodie or a footie fan, a crazy kitchen dancer or an avid film buff we need you! Here at Equal Futures we like to take a fresh look at befriending and encourage volunteers that are as diverse as the people we support. We believe that people with Additional Support Needs are among some of the most isolated, our vision is a society without loneliness with your help we can try to achieve this for everyone. We support individuals, families and volunteers to develop meaningful and lasting friendships. If you have 2 -3 hours a fortnight to give to someone this rewarding role could be just right for you. We ask for a minimum 1 year commitment , in return you will receive full training, ongoing support and development, the opportunity to make real and lasting connections and be part of something truly special. Equal Futures is an organisation set up by a group of parents with a family member with a learning disability. This gives a unique viewpoint to the range of challenges families face when they want to make sure that their sons and daughters live a good life. Many families feel isolated; unsure where to ask for help. Most people with disabilities will have social care services to provide support for daily living. But there is often a lack of understanding in these services that people want more than this. Everyone wants friends too – this is where Equal Futures can help.

Social Media Volunteer Help make a difference to the lives of others, by supporting the social media presence of Equal Futures. We are looking for a talented Social Media Volunteer to create and maintain a strong online presence for our small charitable company. Equal Futures creates connections for people with a learning disability or Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their families through Circles of Support, befriending and social events. Your role is to implement online marketing strategies through social media accounts. You will develop easy to read, original content and suggest creative ways to attract more online followers and promote our service. Ultimately, you should be able to increase awareness for our organisation. We are looking for someone who can commit to working on our social media strategy for at least 6 to 12 months, posting regular content on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You may be creating blogs entries, or you may attend events to interview people for social media. Social Media Volunteers will: Be IT literate – able to use Microsoft Office package – Word, PowerPoint, Excel. Have experience of producing original content on online platforms- Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. Be clear, creative, and confident in communicating with others; both online and in person. Enjoy working as part of a team. Always maintain confidentiality in-line with our GDPR requirements We welcome applicants from all sections of the community and will work flexibly with you to ensure your volunteering journey is a positive and satisfying experience. For more information on the role or to apply, Please contact: info@equalfutures.org.uk

Volunteer Befriender Edinburgh & Lothians Areas North Lanarkshire Ayrshire Area Help make a difference to the lives of disabled people in your community, by becoming part of Equal Futures volunteer befriending opportunity. Through Circles of Support, befriending and social events, Equal Futures promotes social inclusion and creates connections for people with a learning disability or Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their family carers. Our Befrienders play a crucial role within society by simply providing someone with a friend to connect with. We provide support for people aged 16 and over and work across 10 local authority areas: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Perthshire, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire. By joining our caring and knowledgeable team you will support someone to improve their self-esteem and help build their confidence, allowing them to access opportunities they might previously have been isolated from. This may include going for walks, participating in clubs or classes together, or attending Equal Future’s social events. You will benefit from training and on-going skills development, and will receive friendly and professional support from our Project Co-ordinator. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community, and will work flexibly with you to ensure your volunteering journey is a positive and satisfying experience. You’ll enjoy lots of benefits being a Volunteer Befriender, such as: Learning from an experienced and knowledgeable team Meeting new people and sharing insights - Volunteering on a flexible basis that fits in with your life Access to free training and regular support - Social opportunities with other volunteers Improved self-esteem and confidence - Improved communication skills Advantageous for relevant careers - Reduced loneliness and better mental health Feeling valued in our friendly team - Seeing the difference that you’re making Thank you for showing interest in this opportunity. For further information or to apply, please contact us on: Edinburgh and Lothians area: Jane.Mcallister@equalfutures.org.uk North Lanarkshire area: Donna.McCallum@equalfutures.org.uk Ayrshire area: Kelly.Malyan@equalfutures.org.uk