I’m Suzanne Cockburn and have been Administrator at Equal Futures for 8 years now. I first heard
of Equal Futures when I supported Andrew, one of the Equal Futures Members through nursery in
Perth. Andrew was the first child with disabilities to go through this mainstream nursery, so it was
an adventure for us both. I also carried out Learning Assistant work with children and young adults
at other nurseries and schools in Perth.
Before I had children I worked in an administrative role in the Health Service. I find my work in
Equal Futures both challenging and rewarding as it combines both my background in administration
and my interest in working to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
I am the E-Development Advisor. I look after the Equal Futures website, Facebook page and
Twitter page. I also help the team with electronic forms and email accounts.
I became involved with Equal Futures in 2008 when I joined Ewen’s Circle.
I also run my own small company teaching computer skills and designing websites for community
organisations and other small businesses.
Equal Futures, Hayweight House, 4th Floor, 23 Lauriston Street,Edinburgh,EH3 9 DQ
Tel: 0131 281 7367
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I am Fiona Wilkie, and started working for Equal Futures as a Community Connector about 3 years
ago. I was lucky that I inherited an already established Circle, this made life easier for me, being new
to the job.
Last year I started working as a Development Worker in a joint project between EF and Capability
Scotland. I am trying to establish “Circles” for four people who live in Upper Springland, Perth, which
is run by Capability Scotland.
I love this job as I have met some extraordinary people, but it is also very challenging.
I’m the Director of Services with Equal Futures. I started with the organisation in 2010. I worked
with a Support Provider for 12 years before that. One of my roles was to help people plan what
they would like to do in their life. Sadly, these ideas often stayed as ideas on paper because there
was no one to help make it happen. This is what drew me to Circles; very practical ways to bring
people together who will find positive solutions. Most importantly, this is out of the commitment
which comes with genuine and lasting friendships.
“I joined Equal Futures as a Network Coordinator in 2012. Prior to that I worked with older carers
to help prepare emergency plans, I also worked with young people with learning disabilities in
various schools around Glasgow to support them in finding work.
The work I do with Equal Futures is very challenging but very rewarding. I have met some
amazing families and some equally amazing Community Connectors. We also have a very
supportive and inspiring team. I trained as a graphic designer many years ago and now have
responsibility of putting the newsletter together.”
“I’m Ekta Marwaha. I joined Equal Futures as a Project Coordinator in August 2017. I will be working
on a new pilot project based in the East End of Glasgow, which will be looking at developing circles
for individuals with autism, their families and carers. Within this project we will be working slightly
differently from our current circles approach, with us developing circles of support with Volunteer
Community Connectors. I am looking forward to working with all at Equal Futures and hopefully
having the opportunity to meet some of you in the coming months as well as those who may be able
to assist in the development of this project.
Before commencing my work with Equal Futures, I have worked in a variety of roles which included
co-ordinating, managing, providing training, auditing and the commissioning of services. The vast
majority of these positions were for charities who worked with individuals with disabilities or autism;
with all jobs focusing on equal opportunities and person centred approaches.