LEAD Interview

Following their win at the Scottish charity awards, CEO of LEAD, Emma Whitelock has provided more insight into who they are and what they do.

  • Could you tell me a wee bit more about what LEAD does?

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.

  • What was the award for?

Digital Difference Category at the Scottish Charity Awards – here is more detail: LEAD Scotland – Linking Education and Disability » Celebrating a Milestone: Lead Scotland Wins the SCVO Scottish Charity Awards Digital Difference Award | LEAD Scotland – Linking Education and Disability

  • What has been your favourite memory as CEO of LEAD?

I have lots of great memories from my time as CEO of Lead Scotland. I love seeing the impact of our work and working with a brilliant, passionate, talented team, that really keeps me going. 

  • What was the best part of the event in Glasgow?

Michael went to the event – I wasn’t in attendance, but my best bit watching it being live streamed was being so proud to see the project being explained within our category and then jumping up and down in the living room when we won! My dog was very confused.

  • What are your plans for the future of LEAD?

We are in the middle of our current strategy, and we are driving forward four main goals. The organisation is 45 years old this year and we have so much more work to do! One thing we are particularly proud of is involving more disabled people in our staff and sessional work team than ever before and our Cyber project is a great example of this. We have engaged three disabled sessional tutors who have extended the reach of our work into communities.

  • Is there any other information you want included?

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Scottish Government’s Cyber resilience team for supporting us and believing in us and a huge thank you to everyone who helped us create and share our courses and resources.


Festive Opening Hours

Thurs 21st Dec – 0900 – 2100 (normal hours)
Fri 22nd Dec – 0900 – 2100 `(normal hours)
Sat 23rd Dec – 0900 – 1700 (reduced)
Sun 24th Dec – closed
Mon 25th Dec – closed
Tues 26th Dec – closed
Wed 27th Dec – closed
Thurs 28th Dec – 0900 – 1700 (reduced)
Fri 29th Dec – 0900 – 1700 (reduced)
Sat 30th Dec – 0900 – 1700 (reduced)
Sun 31st Dec – closed
Mon 1st Jan – closed
Tues 2nd Jan – closed
Wed 3rd Jan – closed
Thurs 4th Jan – 0900 – 2100 (normal hours)
Fri 5th Jan – 0900 – 2100 (normal hours)


2022/23 Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Thursday 22nd: 9am – 9pm.
Friday 23rd: 9am – 5pm.

Saturday 24th: CLOSED.
Sunday 25th: CLOSED. 
Monday 26th: CLOSED. 
Tuesday 27th: CLOSED. 

Wednesday 28th: 9am – 5pm. 
Thursday 29th: 9am – 5pm. 
Friday 30th: 9am – 5pm. 

Saturday 31st: CLOSED. 
Sunday 1st Jan: CLOSED. 
Monday 2nd: CLOSED. 
Tuesday 3rd: CLOSED. 

Back to normal
Wednesday 4th: 9am – 9pm. 
Thursday 5th: 9am – 9pm. 


North Edinburgh Community Festival

Suitable for all ages and free entry.

Saturday 7th May 2022 12-6pm at West Pilton Park.

Live music, arts & crafts, sports, community stalls, food vans, makers, learning, jobs & skill and much more!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/northedinburghfest

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/513995280102052

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/northedinfest/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/northedinfest

Promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsMh8QeYLCw


West Shore Road Open Day

We are hosting an Open Doors event on Saturday 16 October from 10am – 2pm at our new site located at 20 West Shore Road. We would like to warmly invite all to come and see the space and meet the team.

Edinburgh Palette Open Doors Event

20 West Shore Road, EH5 1QD

Saturday 16 October, 10am – 2pm

All welcome.

The project will provide affordable shop space for local retail and hospitality businesses, animating the pedestrian promenade. It will also support the creative industries, the third sector, freelancers and micro-businesses, providing sought after high-quality studio and office space. When developed the building’s grounds will greatly enhance the public realm and greenspace in the area and will support active travel to and through the site. Other activities planned are play-based recreation and cultural events and the project will also provide improved access to the waterfront. Come down and meet the team to find out more!


Vote for People Know How in the Scottish Charity Awards

People Know How has been selected as a finalist in the Scottish Charity Awards and are now collecting votes for the People’s Choice Award. The charity are finalists in the Digital Citizens category, in recognition of the work they’ve done over the last year to provide devices, digital skills and connectivity to thousands of people across Edinburgh and East Lothian during the pandemic. While a judging panel will determine the winners under the nine distinct categories, members of the public can have their say by voting for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award!

Vote for People Know How here: https://scvo.scot/scottish-charity-awards/finalists-2021/digital-citizens/people-know-how


Open Call for Visual Artists

We are looking for artists based in and around Edinburgh – VISUAL ARTS POETRY/WRITING MUSIC DANCE/MOVEMENT.

We have the pleasure to offer an exciting opportunity to take part in a collaborative residency followed by an exhibition/performance. You are invited to share your work, collaborate, inspire, explore and take your artwork to the next level.

Residency dates: 26/07 – 01/08.2021 Exhibition/Performance date: 31/07/2021 Place: St. Margaret’s House, Edinburgh Supported by: Edinburgh Palette !!! LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE !!!

*Project is funded by donations; any profits will be shared Following the above project, selected participants will be offered an opportunity to exhibit your work during the Autumn group show with Edinburgh Palette – all details will be provided in due time.

TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION please send the following details to: still.moving.art@gmail.com

1. Your name and short bio

2. Sample of your work – whether work in progress or completed (links or files)

3. A statement of why you are interested in a collaborative residency.

Looking forward to hearing from you, feel free to contact me if you have any questions, Joanna


Leith School of Art’s Online Auction

From Thursday 3rd June – Friday 18th June.

Artworks and experiences by more than 30 artists will be up for auction on Leith School of Art’s website, include work by Angie Lewin, Toby Patterson, Jonny Hannah, Catharine Davidson, Peter White, Jenny Martin and Damian Callan.

To view the work and place your bid, please visit: www.leithschoolofart.co.uk

Funds raised by the auction will go directly to Leith School of Art’s Resilience Fund, helping our community to stay resilient and emerge thriving from the pandemic.


Featured Artist: Constantine

Constantine is a self taught artist and author, originally from Athens, Greece. His first memory is that of drawing, which he carried on doing in his teen years, as well as exploring various others artistic and creative disciplines and routes such as music, which he still does to this day too.

Constantine first moved to Scotland as a young man, in order to study Geology. Throughout his University career though, he realized that Geology was really not for him and that life is simply too short to be wasted on things that have no appeal to us. He then made the decision to just follow his true calling, ignoring other peoples’ opinions and go after what HE wants in life.

Constantine has collaborated with many different artists’ from different artistic disciplines such as, visual artists, musicians and videographers/directors. He has provided his services for major Brands in the Alcohol and Hospitality industry, as well as developing and applying concepts in regards to interior design and “costume/uniform” design. Constantine has also experience in curating numerous exhibitions as well as co-curating 3 international art groups shows, and booking and organizing music concerts. His commissions include, tattoo designing, music vinyl covers and labels as well as numerous private commissions. He has exhibited numerous solo projects, worldwide, as well as participated in several group shows. Constantine is also the Author and Publisher of the Book Art “Jazz Mafia Project”.