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Our Vision

Supported Employment promotes the rights of all individuals to achieve their full potential through a model of flexible support that enables people to overcome barriers to their employability and access real jobs for real pay.

The Structure of SUSE

The Scottish Union of Supported Employment strives to be a democratic organisation driven by it's membership. To achieve this aim, a structure of local area networks has been set up where members can discuss local issues.

As a company limited by guarantee, SUSE has a Board of Directors elected from members nominated by the Local Area Networks. The Board of Directors consists of 13 members. Elections to the Board are held at the Annual General Meetings.

Membership - This can be on an individual basis or an organisational basis with between 3-5 representatives.

Local Networks - Members are encouraged to set up local networks in their home area. Networks are well established in Lothian, Fife, Dumfries and Galloway, Borders and Highland and provide an opportunity for members to discuss issues relevant to their own needs.

General Meetings - These meetings are held regularly, and cover national topics plus the general running issues of SUSE. At each meeting there is a guest speaker on a particular aspect of interest to supported employment providers.

Board of Directors - Each year at the Annual General Meeting a Management Board is elected to undertake the general running of SUSE. At present this committee can have a membership of 15 representatives nominated from the networks.

SUSE is committed to promoting the voice of supported employment. Our achievements include:

  • The creation of a national network
  • The creation of regional networks of Supported Employment Providers
  • Successful Annual Conferences where local networks met and share experiences
  • Engagement with European Union of Supported Employment Conference was held in Edinburgh.
  • Preparation of the 'Blueprint for Supported Employment in Scotland' commissioned by the Executive and based on wide consultation
  • Substantial input into the preparation of The Supported Employment Framework for Scotland (Scottish Government 2010), including membership of each of the 3 workstreams
  • Member of the Supported Employment Implementation Board, and pariticipating in project implementing aspects of The Framework
  • Developed case studies, a video and resources for supported employment.