Blog post – Tick the box!

Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2018

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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Minimum age to volunteer with Lead Scotland now 16 years old

Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2018

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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Minimum age to volunteer has just been lowered!

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2018

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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Board Member vacancy

Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Lead Scotland is looking for a new board member to join our team. We are keen to recruit an individual with a background in fundraising. Lead Scotland is at the beginning of a journey with fundraising and this is a great time to join us and be able to create an impact. We would suggest […]

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Lead becoming an SQA Centre

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Some learners and volunteers have been telling us that they would like more opportunities to gain accreditation with Lead.  In 2018 Lead Scotland will become an SQA Centre which allow us to meet this demand. We won’t have our own physical centre, but we will be able to flexibly deliver accredited learning to individual learners […]

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Sarah’s story

Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Sarah felt increasingly isolated in her final year before graduation. As life with her newly acquired health condition progressed, she struggled to keep up with the increasing demands of her course. Feeling unsupported by her university, she got in touch with Lead Scotland’s disabled students’ helpline.   Sarah was diagnosed with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome going […]

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Pat’s story

Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

“It’s hard…it looks like we are going to have to battle the system once again,” said Pat, after her son Matthew was told he had to find funding for another year at college himself, including the expensive travel costs he would incur as a result of his impairment. The challenges of funding were putting a […]

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Annual Review 2016-2017

Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 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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Lead Scotland AGM 2017

Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2017

  If exceeding our learners targets by 10% and taking helpline calls from 22 local authority areas, up from 17 last year, is a good year then we’ve had one! Check out our Annual Impact Review and Accounts. We were delighted that over 40 members and guests came to our AGM this year to take […]

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Post School learning choices in Scotland

Posted on Friday, August 18th, 2017

This has been a very popular guide since we produced it in early August 2017. This detailed guide describes the different learning options after school including community learning, training and further education at college. The guide also covers educational support, funding and benefits for disabled learners and carers. You can find this and all our […]

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