About Lead Scotland

Lead Scotland is a charity supporting disabled people and carers by providing personalised learning, befriending, advice and information services.  We have projects across Scotland and a national helpline and information service.  Our local services are community and home based, one to one or in small groups so that people have the right support to learn and participate. We support people to build a bridge to reach their ambitions of personal development, learning, volunteering and work. 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.

Lead Scotland Vision: Our vision is of a fair society where disabled people and carers have an equal opportunity to learn, participate and achieve their potential.

Lead Scotland Mission: To influence change and provide personalised learning, befriending, advice and information services.

Our values

  • Equality
  • Integrity
  • Openness
  • Mutual Respect
  • Kindness

Lead Scotland 2020-23 Strategic Plan by Emma Whitelock

Our 3 year Strategic Goals for 2020 to 2023

  • Broaden our range of learning and befriending opportunities
  • Enable more disabled people and carers to actively participate within communities
  • Extend our local and national coverage
  • Strengthen our financial sustainability

Our Priorities for Change

  • Extend our range of our local and distance learning opportunities and befriending services.
  • 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 to be the ‘go to’ specialist provider
  • Strengthen our service offer with new cross sector partnerships
  • Explore ways of making our blended services even more flexible 
  • Optimise our team capacity and capability through developing our people
  • Work with partners to investigate specific gaps identified by stakeholders: advocacy and mediation support for disabled students and the lack of post school options for people with profound and complex needs

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 the self evaluation resource How Good is our Third Sector Organisation to improve and are inspected by HMI. Lead Scotland is proud to be an accredited Living Wage employer.

Digital Participation Signatory

Lead Scotland has signed Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter meaning our organisation is committed to digitally skilling up our workforce, members and stakeholders.

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.


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