Lead Scotland

Support of learning opportunities for disabled people

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Lead Scotland widens access to learning for marginalised disabled young people, adult learners and carers.  At a local level, they provide direct support to learners through impartial guidance and support to overcome barriers and plan their learning journeys.  They involve volunteer support in their service delivery and of the loan of digital technologies.  Each learner is supported to develop their own action plan and outcomes, resulting in a tailored and unique service from Lead.  Many learners begin the action planning or the actual learning journey in their own home, as confidence can be one of the initial barriers to their involvement.

Services provided:

Lead Scotland has local services in many parts of Scotland, with a Learning Co-ordinator involving trained volunteers to support disabled adult school-leavers aged over sixteen.

The local services offer:

  • Guidance about learning opportunities (at home or place of choice)
  • Support wherever the learner would like (at home, at college, at local learning centre)
  • free disabled students helpline and information service
  • Support with learning process, tailored to individual’s need
  • Computer for home loan
  • Access to advice about adaptive technology
  • One to one support of trained volunteer, if needed.

Free phone helpline: 0800 999 2568

Please note the helpline is open 2.00pm – 4.00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays and 10.00am – 12.00pm on Tuesdays & Fridays.



Local groups:
local services are available across scotland, check the website for more details. for the free national information service, call 0800 999 2568 or email info@lead.org.uk

Office opening hours:

Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm.


People can subscribe to their newsletter on the website. They also have Information Booklets on: Disabled Student Funding, Support at College & University, Arranging Your Own Support Worker in Higher Education, Post-school Learning Choices and The Equality Act in Post-school Learning – all available on their website. 
They have also published a report on how disabled learners progress though the SCQF levels, commissioned by the Equality Challenge Unit, also available on their website.


Room B05
Napier Merchiston Campus
14 Colinton Road
EH10 5DT

Phone: 0131 228 9441
Website: http://www.lead.org.uk
Email: info@lead.org.uk
Minicom: (18001) 0131 228 9441
Fax: 0131 229 6941
Helpline number: 0800 999 2568

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