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

Equal Futures supports people with a learning disability or autism to plan for their future, make social connections, and increase their social confidence. Thomas is forty and stays in the Maryhill area of Glasgow. He lives independently in his house with his wee dog. He has learning difficulties, anxiety and depression. He has limited mobility because of leg problems but he has a good outgoing personality, likes a laugh and a bit of banter. He uses a stick or a four wheeled walker for support. However, Thomas does not have many friendships and he can feel lonely and a bit isolated. He would like a befriender who enjoys the cinema, concerts, music, going out for lunch or coffee and going to different places in and around Glasgow, and would be up for trying new activities. Thomas’s ideal befriender would be a similar age and live near to him for meeting up. They would enjoy a good laugh and have similar interests. Thomas does not drive and would enjoy being taken out sometimes if you were a driver. Full training will be provided. A PVG check will be required and volunteer expenses will be reimbursed. The role is flexible and your availability will be agreed with Thomas.

Become a Volunteer Befriender Want to make a difference to the lives of disabled people in your community? Discover new interests? Meet new people? Look no further than our fantastic volunteer befriending opportunity! Equal Futures creates connections for people with a learning disability or Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their family carers through Circles of Support, befriending and social events. By joining our caring and knowledgeable team you will support someone to build their confidence and access opportunities they might previously have been isolated from. You will benefit from training and on-going skills development. You will also receive friendly and professional support from our Project Coordinators. Our Befrienders play a crucial role within society. They can improve the self-esteem of someone with a learning disability who is lonely and isolated within their community. Befrienders also take the burden off other community services by simply providing someone with a friend to connect with. What will you do as a Volunteer Befriender? As part of the Circle of Support, Befrienders help a person we support build their confidence and participate in social activities within their community. This may include going for walks, participating in clubs or classes together, or attending Equal Future’s social events. Befrienders meet one-on-one with the person we support weekly or fortnightly. As a volunteer you may sometimes also offer kind and friendly support to not only the individual, but their family as well, depending on the circumstance. An Equal Futures Project Co-ordinator will be there for you throughout your entire volunteering 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 We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. We will work flexibly with you to ensure your volunteering journey is a positive and satisfying experience.

Volunteer Community Fundraiser Would you like to make a difference to the lives of people with autism or learning disabilities by helping to raise funds in your local community? Have fun? Discover new interests? Meet new people? Look no further than our fantastic volunteer fundraiser opportunity! Equal Futures creates connections for people with a learning disability or autism and their family carers through Circles of Support, befriending and social events. You will work as part of a small team of dedicated volunteers to organise fundraising events, such as coffee mornings, raffles and auctions, quiz nights and suppers, and support other fundraisers who get involved in local events, such as the KiltWalk. You will benefit from ongoing skills development as well as friendly, professional support from our Project Coordinators and Fundraising staff. What will you do as a Volunteer Fundraiser? You will meet with a small group of Volunteer Fundraisers on a regular basis to come with up with ideas to raise funds for our small charity. You’ll plan, book and execute community-centric events, with support from professional fundraisers, identify which resources you’ll need and liaise with local organisations to get things underway. You’ll use your passion and enthusiasm to win support from local companies and businesses and help to ensure Equal Futures is their charity of choice. opportunity join benefit role support activities benefits all apply events engage community professional provide social media strategies awareness looking purpose volunteers recruiting goal organisation vision mission values board skills attributes chat fundraising support benefits attributes opportunity join benefit role support activities benefits all apply events engage community professional provide social media strategies awareness looking purpose volunteers recruiting goal organisation vision mission values board skills attributes chat fundraising support benefits attributes opportunity join benefit role support activities benefits all apply events engage community professional provide social media strategies awareness looking purpose volunteers recruiting goal organisation vision mission values board skills attributes chat fundraising support benefits attributes Page 2 of 2 You’ll enjoy lots of benefits being a Volunteer Fundraiser, such as: • Learning from an experienced and knowledgeable team • Meeting new people and having fun • 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 & 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 to people’s lives Personal Attributes Raising funds requires people with different strengths working together, so whether you’re naturally outgoing and love talking to new people or prefer to coordinate and plan rather than being front and centre, you will thrive in this role. You don’t need previous experience of fundraising or learning disabilities as we offer excellent training and ongoing support. Your passion, enthusiasm and ability to inspire others in your community to support our work is all that you need to bring. You will be joining a happy, fun and friendly team where you are valued and have a sense of belonging. 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. To apply, please contact: Edinburgh and Lothians area: Jane.Mcallister@equalfutures.org.uk | 0771 334 2311 Glasgow and North Lanarkshire area: Donna.McCallum@equalfutures.org.uk | 0792 139 7615 Ayrshire area: Shona.Fleming@equalfutures.org.uk | 0778 751 6597 Widgit Symbols © Widgit Software 2002-2022 www.widgit.com opportunity join benefit role support activities benefits all apply events engage community professional provide social media strategies awareness looking purpose volunteers recruiting goal organisation vision mission values board skills attributes chat fundraising support benefits attributes opportunity join benefit role support activities benefits all apply events engage community professional provide social media strategies awareness looking purpose volunteers recruiting goal organisation vision mission values board skills attributes chat fundraising support benefits attributes opportunity join benefit role support activities benefits all apply events engage community professional provide social media strategies awareness looking purpose volunteers recruitin