Equal Futures
Equal Futures

Charity registered in Scotland SC033799

We are an organisation set up by a group of parents with a family member who has a learning disability. The objective of Equal Futures is to reduce loneliness and isolation for people with disabilities by building Circles of Friendship.  This model develops real relationships and a close network of people committed to help the person with disabilities lead a life which is more meaningful and richer in experience.

Current vacancies

Trustee x 3 (Voluntary)

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland
  • Closing 1st March 2021

Equal Futures promotes social inclusion for people with a Learning Disability or Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Scotland. We were established in 2002 by a group of parents who have a family member with disabilities, with the aim of helping families plan for the future to ensure that their relative can live their best life.

Since then, Equal Futures has been on a journey to support individuals and their families through our Circles of Support model and more informally through volunteer befriending and social opportunities. We currently support 24 individuals and families across 10 Local Authorities and have big ambitions to reach more people who would benefit from our unique support model.

We take pride in being a member organisation to ensure that people with learning disabilities or ASD are at the heart of everything we do and have a say in how we function. We operate as a registered Scottish charity within the Thera Group of companies.

Our Vision

Everyone has friendships which are based on kindness, compassion and respect.

Our Mission

To work alongside people with learning disabilities or autism to reduce loneliness and social isolation

Our Values

• We are committed to positive relationships.

• Making a sustainable difference.

• Social inclusion for everyone

Equal Futures has a well-established Board of Trustees with a range of skills and backgrounds. We are seeking to appoint three Trustees, one of whom we hope will become our new Chairperson.


We also welcome applications from people with experience in any of the following:

• Financial acumen

• Business growth and scale up

• Public profile development

• Fundraising

• Governance and Risk Management

• Legal Compliance

• Voluntary Sector Leadership

We also welcome applications from people with lived experience of learning disability or ASD, either personally or as a carer, who have an understanding of Scotland’s voluntary sector.


• Passionate about equality

• Established networks in the field of social care; social inclusion; statutory or voluntary sectors; or fundraising

• Comfortable communicating with a range of audiences

• Willingness and drive to work with others to make a lasting difference

• Able to commit appropriate time to bi-monthly Board meetings, including preparation and following up on agreed actions, of approximately 9 days per year for Trustees and 12 days per year for our Chairperson

• Developed awareness and interest in the needs & rights of families and individuals with learning disabilities or ASD


Project Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £20,855 – £24,535
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 10th March 2021

Equal Futures promotes social inclusion for people with a learning disability and autism in Scotland. Equal Futures was set up in 2002 by a group of parents who have a family member with disabilities. The aim was to help families plan for to ensure that their relative lives a good life.

Since then, Equal Futures has been on a journey to support people and their families through Circles of support and more informally through befriending.

Equal Futures is part of Thera Group; a charitable Group of companies that supports people with a learning disability. Our unique leadership and structure equally includes people with a learning disability. Through this, we can demonstrate that people with a learning disability can be leaders in society. But we can’t do this without you. This post is homebased with the expectation to travel throughout Scotland as required.

The Role

To build inclusive communities through matching volunteers with autistic people. This will be achieved by building robust partnerships with statutory and third sector bodies to reach out to individuals who are lonely or socially isolated. A key to success in the role is having an imaginative and thoughtful approach to finding volunteers who can make an extraordinary impact to people’s lives. The successful candidate will have opportunities to shape and develop the project to make a positive and sustainable difference.

Your Experience


At least two years working with vulnerable people, either paid or unpaid

Evidence of supporting vulnerable people to achieve their goals

Evidence of achieving high standards of work and successful outcomes

Working in partnership with other organisations or agencies effectively

Real life experience of autistic people or strong desire to work with autistic people

Personal attributes

Enthusiastic about making a positive contribution to communities

Resilience and patience to find solutions which work for autistic individuals

Understand how to nurture and value volunteers

Able to engage effectively with people in a range of settings

Energised by creating new ways of working and making it happen

The Benefits

· 25 days holiday + 8 days bank holiday (pro-rata)

· Contributory pension

· Cycle to work scheme

· Employee support line to support you and your family

· Support in gaining professional qualifications

· Continuous on the job training is provided