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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 quarterly at a city centre location. 

  • 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 Lesley Morrison (Chair) or Grant Thoms (Vice Chair) initially. See links opposite for details.

JUFJ Providers Forum

The Forum is an independent network of employability service providers in Edinburgh. It is run by and for providers through a 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
  • Highlight issues as raised by the network forum.

The next dates are as follows: 

  • 23 November 2018
  • 22 February 2019
  • 31 May 2019
  • 30 August 2019
  • 29 November 2019.

Forums have been booked for the Business Centre, City Chambers, 253 High Street, Edinburgh and will run from 09:00 - 12:00.

If you would like to attend the forum, please email with the date of the forum you wish to attend. 

The steering group will meet prior to each session to finalise the agenda. If you have any requests for agenda items please email Chair is held by a third sector member of the steering group on a rotating basis. 



Lesley Morrison

Cre8te Opportunities

Grant Thoms


Vince Connor

Forth Sector

Bert Craig

Self Start

Marion Findlay

Volunteer Centre Edinburgh

Rosanna Hall

Impact Arts

Mark Brown

City of Edinburgh Council

Katie Weavers

City of Edinburgh Council

Lianne Williams


Pete Gilpin

Prince's Trust

Kate Kelman

Capital City Partnership

Sally McGreevy

Access to Industry


For more information contact

Lesley Morrison (JUFJ Providers' Forum Chair)

0131 661 8888

Grant Thoms (JUFJ Providers' Forum Vice Chair)