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

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

Volunteer Professionals Edinburgh & Lothians Areas North Lanarkshire Ayrshire Area Help make a difference to the lives of disabled people in your community! This is a great opportunity to share your existing skills and experience and give back to the community you live in. Our Volunteer Professionals play a crucial role within society, and by joining our caring and knowledgeable team, you will use your expertise to support someone through a time of transition or challenge Equal Futures promotes social inclusion and creates connections for people with a learning disability or Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their family carers. We do this through Circles of Support, befriending and social events. Help improve the self-esteem of someone with a learning disability who is lonely and isolated within their community. Volunteer Professionals also take the burden off family carers and community services by simply providing the individual and their family with their expert knowledge and advice. You will be a valued member of an experienced team where you will have the opportunity to share the insights you have gained from your experience. You will be able to volunteer on a flexible basis that suits you and the person you are supporting Volunteer Professionals meet with families, providing advice and answers to any questions they may have. For example, a retired teacher might help a young person who is transitioning from school to college. Volunteer Professionals will be added to a bank of volunteers and called upon to support families on a short-term basis when required. You will be provided with relevant information, training, and regular support sessions so you can get the most out of volunteering for Equal Futures. Some volunteers choose to become members of a person’s Circle of Support, making a longer-term commitment to help them live their best life. 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. 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. 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