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 with 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.

Our 2023-2026 Strategy

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

Our values

  • Equality
  • Integrity
  • Openness
  • Mutual Respect
  • Kindness


Our 3 year Strategic Goals for 2023 to 2026

  • Offer more local and remote learning opportunities, which improve access, offer accreditation, build confidence and skills, reducing educational exclusion. 
  • Extend our befriending services to reduce social isolation and create new pathways to learning. 
  • Extend our disabled student’s helpline and information services so that more students understand their rights, entitlements and make informed choices about their options.  
  • More disabled people have the opportunity to influence policy makers, breaking down systemic barriers to improve access for future learners.


Strategic Goal 1 – Local Learning Opportunities:


Strategic Goal 2 – Remote Learning:


Strategic Goal 3 – Befriending:


Strategic Goal 4 – Disabled Student’s Helpline:


Strategic Goal 5 – Influence Policy Change: 


Quality Assurance

Lead Scotland held Investing in Volunteers from 2005 to 2022 and has 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 HMIE. Lead Scotland is proud to be an accredited Living Wage employer. Our SQA Centre undertakes regular external verification visits.

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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