Child’s Play 9 – It’s back better than ever!

After a wee absence Child’s Play is back for a 9th annual full day of a range of training courses on Saturday 19th March at Nelson Hall from 9.30am onwards for registration with workshops starting at 10am and finished for 3.30pm at The Pleasance, Edinburgh.

With 3 different courses to choose from in the morning and another 3 different ones in the afternoon, the day provides fun filled practical workshops with a buffet lunch thrown in all for £25 if you book 2!

The courses in the morning (10am – 12.30) are:

  •  Activity Stations – with health related workshops to try from Edinburgh Leisure
  • Outdoors in mind – outside workshop using play to support health and well being
  • Chilled out Children’s Workers – ways of supporting staff to look after their own well being

The courses in the afternoon (1pm – 3.30pm) are:

  • Let’s dance – practical and fun way to get children moving to music
  • Healthy eating – how to introduce healthy snacks by getting the children to help make them
  • Mindful Crafts – create crafts using re-cycled materials that children can make to help themselves feel better about themselves

Borders Scrapstore will also have a lunchtime stall so you can make purchases including the materials being used in the afternoon Mindful Crafts workshop.

So have a look at the CP9 flyer and book either on line via the website or phone the office on 667 1828. Courses are £15 per person or £25 per person if that person is booked onto a morning and afternoon workshop. Buffet lunch is included in the fee.

End of an era coming soon

We write to advise that after 33 years of dedicated service to LAYC, Ian Boardman has decided to retire by taking advantage of Edinburgh Council’s early release scheme which will see him leave Council employment as of the 31st December.

However, Ian has agreed to stay on for a bit longer with LAYC to help the transition and ensure adequate handover arrangements and this will be undertaken on a phased basis. This will see Ian remain as Director through January in a full time capacity and then move to reducing hours before leaving us come the end of March.

Ian will leave LAYC in a very strong position with an experienced and skilled board and staff team, a wide range of quality services and a healthy membership. The board and staff will continue to deliver the work of LAYC and secure the necessary funding to deliver these much needed services and build on the significant legacy that Ian has played a major role in.

However, we are not saying farewell to him just yet but when that time does come we will wish him well for his retirement safe in the knowledge that he will remain a passionate supporter of community based youth and children’s work. We will also keep you posted on plans to celebrate his time at LAYC and his wider contribution to youth work over these many years as we approach his leaving time.

We also have great confidence in our remaining staff team of Graham, Gillian and Laurene and with the Board’s and your help, they will ensure LAYC continues to flourish.

Yours sincerely

Mike Massaro-Mallinson

LAYC Chair

Grants Report withdrawn

In an unprecedented move the published Grants Report (2016-19) was withdrawn on the eve the Education, Children and Families Committee on Monday (7th) and will now be dealt with at a full Council meeting late January/early February.

LAYC had sought a deputation to raise issues in respect of some member organisations who had not been recommended for a grant award and to call for a full review of the application and awarding process to learn clear lessons in order to ensure future arrangements are not as fraught.

To view or download a copy of our deputation input please click on the link.


LAYC AGM 2015 – Big thanks

Thanks to all who came along to our recent AGM in the stunningly refurbished Old School Café at Canongate Youth.

It was standing room only as we did all the necessary AGM things ably chaired by President Alan Blackie including the approval of the Annual Report and Accounts for 2014-15 which can be viewed or downloaded by using the link provided. We then watched a very moving dvd produced by Dot Horne and her team at 6VT where adults who had been users of the café talked about how that experience had literally changed their lives. It reinforced the power of 6VT’s work over the past 21 years and #youthworkworks

The evening also gave us the  chance to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the  youth workers who gained the PDA in Youth Work with Sonia (Sikh Sanjog), Tamsin, Naomi and Kitsty (all Citadel) and Craig (Penicuik YMCA) receiving certificates on the night.

We  also said cheerio to our Chair of the past 6 years Dona Milne who’s constitutional time limit was been reached and to welcome our new Chair  Mike Massaro-Mallinson.

Can we also a word of thanks and praise to Canongate Youth for hosting us and in particular their newly refurbished Old School Café which provided a fantastic buffet created and ably served by young people from the project. If you are looking to drop in or book it as a venue for an event then you would not be disappointed. You can check out their menu here along with a downloadable booking form.

Post AGM check out our new training brochure which covers the next 9 months and our latest 8 page Fast Networks which is a great read even if we say that ourselves.


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