Abbie Crozier Community Engagement Craigmillar
Jon Mennie Service Manager

Jon’s first experience of Community Renewal was a knock at his front door by a Community Animator where he was asked if he would like to complete a listening survey. As a long time member of a disadvantaged community he was surprised and delighted to be asked his opinion on the local area and the improvements he would like to see take place. Interested in getting more involved, he then volunteered with Community Renewal whilst he completed his Master of Arts in History. After several months volunteering he accepted a sessional post which quickly turned into a full-time position. Jons previous employment experience was in the construction industry which accumulated in a job helping to complete the new Scottish Parliament building.

Jon’s natural empathy helps him engage with the less well off neighbourhoods in North Edinburgh and he works with individuals to support their move into employment and develop self-sustaining grass roots community groups and services.

Jon now manages all Community Renewal’s delivery in Edinburgh including our youth project (Employment Safety Net), the Integrated Employability Service, and the People’s Health Trust funded Local Conversations in Bingham & Magdalene and Muirhouse.

He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Chartered Management.

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Oliver Scott Project Lead - Integrated Employability Service Muirhouse

Oliver’s role at Community Renewal is as the project lead for the integrated employability service, Route2 in the North Edinburgh area. He manages the local team and works as an adviser helping to support local people into employment, education or training.  He also liaises with employers to verify the continuing employment of our clients.  Oliver also manages regular CSCS Training courses in Edinburgh.

Oliver has previous experience in various customer service and administrative roles in the DWP including Administrative Officer, Team Leader and Technical Assurance Officer.  He also has experience in the construction industry as a Quantity Surveyor.

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Gina Whittaker Project Lead - Integrated Employability Service Leith and Craigmillar

Gina manages the local team delivering the Integrated Employability Service in Leith and Craigmillar. She also works as an adviser helping people whop have no work or who want better jobs to get fair work and fair pay.

Gina has been with Community Renewal for five years. She is qualified to work with people with complex barriers to work including using the Individual Placement and Support model.

Diana Eguizabal Employment Support
Jenniffer Cooney Employment Support
Mel Darge Verification Officer / Admin
Jill McMahon Employment Support
Mandy Pickup Employment Support
Louise Lothian Employment Support / Local Conversations Muirhouse
Joanna Foottit Employment Support
Emily Arthur Employment Safety Net / Youth Worker
Craig Anderson Employment Safety Net / Youth Worker
Caroline Jannetta Employment Support
Camilla Forsyth Employment Support
Gillian Guy Health Case Manager

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