Connecting with Nature and Learning

“When I heard I was being nominated for the Award I felt such a lovely warm sunshine feeling. I had – in my previous life – many years ago in my career some achievements but because of my illness and years of pretty awful experiences that I’ve been through, this nomination means far more to […]

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Posted: Monday, April 8th, 2019

Keep Cyber Safe and Pass it On, Inverness 24/4/19

Come along and help us celebrate our 40th anniversary, have afternoon tea and learn something new, in this case staying safe online! the event is being held at the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa in the Ness suite on the afternoon of the 24th April, 2019 in Inverness. Please register to tell us […]

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Posted: Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Help us shape Lead Scotland’s 2020 to 2023 Strategic Plan

Every day people contact our learning, befriending and helpline services looking for options and the right support to begin learning, volunteering, having a say and working within communities across Scotland. Please tell us what you would like us to be doing in 2023 by responding to our strategic planning survey. Answer as many questions as […]

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Posted: Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Lead’s next empowerment meeting is in Kirkcaldy

Come along and help us celebrate our 40th anniversary, have afternoon tea and learn something new! In Fife the topic is participatory budgeting and we will be in St Brycedale Church, St Brycedale Ave, Kirkcaldy KY1 1ET on 28th March, 2019 between 1pm and 3pm. Register to tell us you are coming and share your […]

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Posted: Friday, March 1st, 2019

Living Wage Employer Accreditation

Lead Scotland is very pleased to have become an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that Lead Scotland voluntarily pays the living wage to all its employees and sub-contractors. The minimum wage, as set by the Government, is at present £7.83 an hour whereas the living wage, the amount calculated on what employees and their families require […]

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Posted: Friday, September 14th, 2018

Blog post – Tick the box!

Disabled. It’s a loaded word, and it’s not one all disabled people identify with. But ultimately, if you want to get off to a good start at college or university, it can pay to make peace with that word and tick the disability box on your application form.  In my job running a helpline for […]

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Posted: Friday, July 6th, 2018

Minimum age to volunteer with Lead Scotland now 16 years old

2018 is the Year of Young People and to coincide with Volunteers Week on the 1st of June to the 7th of June, Lead Scotland is proud to announce that we have lowered the age limit someone can volunteer with us, from 18 to 16 years old. CEO Emma Whitelock has said, “Lowering the minimum […]

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Posted: Friday, July 6th, 2018

Annual Review 2016-2017

We have recently published our annual review for 2016-2017 and are pleased to be able to share this with you. Here are some of our highlights from 2016/2017: 307 learners empowered to improve their lives through education and volunteering, which is a ten per cent increase from last year. When tracked six months after closure, […]

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Posted: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Family learning for closing the attainment gap

Family learning for closing the attainment gap – practitioner voices event, Dundee University 26th May 2017 My question for attendees is: How well are we listening to, are involving and can evidence clear participation of parents with a disabled child and disabled parents in the drive to support their child’s education attainment?” I’m the Chair of the […]

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Posted: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Lead’s CEO at 2016 UNESCO conference, Paris

I had the enormous privilege of giving a presentation and being part of a panel session on the subject of, “Does e-learning address challenges of education systems worldwide?” at the 2016 International UNESCO conference, “The challenge of the digital revolution for Non Government Organisations (NGOs)”.  Check out the conference programme for 12th to 14th December in Paris and tweets #ICNGO2016. One […]

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Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2016