Volunteer Professionals

Volunteer Professionals utilise their expertise and knowledge to help the person we support and their family to navigate through a challenging time or a period of transition.

Want to make a difference to disabled people in your community? Put your professional skill set to good use? Meet new people? Look no further than our fantastic Volunteer Professional opportunity!

Equal Futures creates connections for people with a learning disability or autism and their families through Circles of Support, befriending and social events. By joining our caring and knowledgeable team you will use your expertise in Health, Social Work, Nursing, Social Care, or Education to support someone through a time of transition or challenge. You will benefit from training and on-going skills development, as well as friendly, professional support from our Project Coordinators.

Our volunteer professionals play a crucial role within society. They can improve the self-esteem of someone with a learning disability who is lonely and isolated within their community. Volunteer professionals also take the burden off family carers and community services by simply providing the individual and their family with their expert knowledge and advice.

Volunteer Professionals use their expertise and knowledge to help a person we support, and their family navigate through a challenging time or a period of transition. The volunteer professional will meet with the family, provide advice and answer any questions they may have. For example, a retired teacher might help a young person who is transitioning from school to college.

Volunteer Professionals will be added to a bank of volunteers and called upon to support families on a short-term basis when required. Equal Futures supports you throughout your volunteering journey and some Volunteers choose to become members of a person’s Circle of Support, making a longer term commitment to help them live their best life.

What are the benefits to becoming a volunteer professional?

This is a great opportunity to share your existing skills and experience and give back to the community you live in. You will be a valued member of an experienced team where you will have the opportunity to share the insights you have gained from your experience. You will be able to volunteer on a flexible basis that suits you and the person you are supporting.

You will be provided with relevant information, training, and regular support sessions so you can get the most out of volunteering for Equal Futures. You will be involved within your own community where you will be able to see the difference you are making.

We welcome applicants from ALL sections of the community and will work flexibly with you to ensure your volunteering journey is a positive and satisfying experience.

To apply, please contact:

Edinburgh & Lothians area: Jane.Mcallister@equalfutures.org.uk
North Lanarkshire area: Donna.McCallum@equalfutures.org.uk
Ayrshire area: Kelly.Malyan@equalfutures.org.uk

If you would like to apply to become a Volunteer Professional, complete the forms below.

Volunteer Application Form (79kB)

Volunteer Consent Form (64kB)

If you have any questions or would like an informal chat, please contact us!