Our mission is to help families secure the future for their relative with a disability and to provide peace of mind. This means ending isolation and loneliness, creating financial security, enabling everyone to make a contribution, ensuring choice, and creating genuine homes.
Our vision is simple. We want everyone to have access to a good life. A good life for people with disabilities is not very different from a good life for anyone else and means inclusion and lifelong loving relationships.
We believe that a good life will always include:
Loving, caring and committed relationships
A place of your own
Opportunities to make a contribution
Directing your own life
Basic financial security
In all the work we do Equal Futures is guided and inspired by four core principles:
Contribution equals citizenship
We believe that everyone has gifts to contribute to their community. When people are given an opportunity to contribute then the community comes to accept that person more fully.
Safety and security through relationships
We recognise that relationships are the key ingredient to a safe and secure future for individuals with a disability. We believe the safety of a person with a disability is directly related to the number and quality of relationships that person has in their life. Equal Futures help to develop these relationships by facilitating a Circle of Support around an individual with a disability. A Circle of Support consists of approximately 6-8 people who are committed to being in a lifelong relationship with the individual who has a disability.
Equal Futures is an organisation that is directed and controlled by families who have a relative with a disability. The majority of the Board of Directors are family members who have a relative with a disability.
At Equal Futures we want to avoid long term dependency on statutory sources and we are continually seeking new ways of working in partnership with other organisations for mutual benefit.