News 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.