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Answer to some of the most asked questions about the forum

  • What are the benefits of the forum?

    The forum meetings give you a chance to meet with other practitioners, share ideas and good practice and build your networks and contacts. It's also a chance to have your say about what is happening in the city and nationally.

  • How often does the forum meet and where?

    The forum meets bi-monthly at venues across all parts of the city.

  • What can I expect from a forum meeting?

    There will usually be a few presentations based on the forum's theme, and a chance to break into workgroups or discussion groups to look at certain aspects in more detail. There will normally be an update on welfare reform. Forum meetings last for 2 hours.

  • What topics are discussed?

    The forum tries to cover a wide range of topics. Recently, themes have included the creative industries, The Work Programme, Employer Engagement, and there is a regular slot for Welfare Reform updates.

  • How can I get involved?

    Contact one of the JUFJ forum steering group for more details, and sign up as a website member to ensure you get the most up to date information.

  • I'd like a place on the agenda - how do I arrange this?

    Contact Susan McLaughlin (Chair) or Brian Thompson (Vice Chair) initially. See links opposite for details. .

JUFJ Forum

The Forum is an independent network of employability service providers in Edinburgh. It is run by and for providers through a Steering Group. Forum agendas and past minutes can be obtained from the chair of the Steering Group.

The Forum meets regularly and provides an opportunity for practitioners from across the network to come together.  It consists of organisations and individuals who support people to progress into sustainable employment. Our network strengthens the links between employability and tackling poverty, both locally and nationally.

The Forum steering group is comprised of network representatives. The remit of the group is to:

• represent all members of the network
• liaise between funding bodies and members
• disseminate key messages to all stakeholders
• broaden the reach of the forum
• set agendas
• organise JU4J forum meetings and events
• attend employability and related events
• lead campaign issues as raised by the network forum




Susan McLaughlin


Forth Sector

Brian Thompson


Volunteer Centre Edinburgh

Bert Craig

Steering group member


Jay McAllister

Steering group member

Impact Arts

Peter Purves

Steering group member

Into Work

Rona Hunter

Steering group member

CEC Economic Development

Hazel Swan

Steering group member

Women Onto Work


For more information contact

Susan McLaughlin  (JUFJ Chair)

0131 201 2477

Brian Thompson (JUFJ Vice Chair)

0131 603 5172