About Lead Scotland

Lead Scotland (Specialists in Linking Education and Disability) is a charity that empowers disabled people and carers and those who experience exclusion to improve their lives through learning.  At a local level we have several different projects where we talk to people about their ambitions and create a plan which matches their motivation to learn, such as getting a job, becoming a volunteer or active citizen, improving family life, becoming more independent and being able to access services. Each learner has a tailored and unique service from Lead which might involve volunteer support or the loan of a digital device.  At a national level, we provide information and advice on the full range of post-school learning and training opportunities, as well as influencing and informing policy development.

Lead Scotland Vision: Our vision is of an inclusive Scotland where disabled people and carers and those who experience exclusion can connect with their ambition to move forward in life through learning

Lead Scotland Mission: To lead positive social change by empowering disabled people and carers to learn

Our 3 year Strategic Goals for 2016 to 2019

  • Increase the number of people who can benefit from our services
  • Extend our national coverage
  • Increase sustainable revenue streams


The Aims of our 3 year Strategic Goals for 2016 to 2019

  • To reach more people across Scotland who can benefit from our services
  • To build the capacity and capability of our staff and volunteers to excel in their roles
  • To deliver high quality, effective services which give value for money
  • To influence policy change for a fairer, more inclusive Scotland


Our Priorities for Change

  • Continuously improve efficiency and effectiveness in our services and processes both through digital and face to face provision
  • Focus on branding and marketing to improve our visibility and positioning
  • Strengthen our service offer with new cross sector partnerships 
  • Explore ways of making our services more flexible to meet market demand and commissioner service delivery requirements
  • Optimise our team capacity and capability through developing our people


Our values

  • Equality
  • Integrity
  • Empowerment
  • Mutual Respect
  • Involvement


Quality Assurance

Lead Scotland has the quality standard Investing in Volunteers, first gained in 2005, and the Volunteer Friendly Award in several local areas. We use self evaluation resources for improvement such as How Good is our Third Sector Organisation and PQASSO and are inspected by HMI.

Privacy Statement

Please see our privacy policy for more details on how we collect, hold and delete personal information.

Further Information

You may wish to find a local project or meet the team.