ASC Charter to get launched

Over the past few months LAYC has been working with some after school clubs and the Children and Families Dept to develop a ‘charter’ that would capture what it means to work co-operatively and how we recognise that in the community based/parent lead ASC sector. This is part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s commitment to sustaining and developing after school clubs and building a ‘co-operative capital’.

To launch the ASC Charter and highlight the positive work of, and challenges faced by community based/parent lead after school clubs, we are jointly hosting an event on Thursday 8th May at Murrayburn Primary School from 10am to 12 noon followed by a buffet lunch. The formal launch will be by Cllr Paul Godzik, Convenor of the Education, Children and Families Committee.

This event is aimed at our after school clubs and invitations LAYC Invitation 2014 have gone out to all LAYC ASC member groups. If you’d like to attend either as a member of staff and/or a committee or board member please rsvp by email  by no later than the 28th April to the    

As part of the event there will be opportunities to hear from a range of voices who have an investment in after school clubs and a chance to network with colleagues from across the city.


Mental health research seeks support

A new project, funded by the Edinburgh & Lothian’s Health Foundation, aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people (aged 11-18) living with physical long term conditions in Scotland. Research shows that young people with long term conditions are at an increased risk of developing mental health problems such as depression.

The first phase will involve conducting quantitative and qualitative primary research with young people, their families, carers and professionals who work with them, to explore the mental health and wellbeing implications of living with a long term condition as a young person. This will include:

  1. 1.       An online survey of young people with long term conditions across Scotland to explore current levels of mental wellbeing, sources of support and service gaps (April 2014).
  2. 2.       In-depth interviews and /or focus groups with young people with long term conditions living in Edinburgh and the Lothians (May – July 2014)
  3. 3.       Telephone interviews with family members, carers and professionals working with young people with long term conditions in Edinburgh and the Lothians (May – July 2014)

 The findings will be used to inform a co-production process that will lead to the development of young people lead pilot interventions in Edinburgh and the Lothians to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people living with long term conditions.

 They are keen to work with existing youth work providers in the research and the development stages. If you are interested in being involved or finding out more, please contact Hannah Biggs on email at or by phone on 0131 243 3800.

Jim Rooney…….a great loss

LAYC and  Youth Scotland was deeply saddened by the loss of Jim Rooney who passed peacefully on Wednesday 12 February at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. 

Jim was a passionate supporter of quality youth work, the structures that support it, and, most importantly, the people that deliver it.  Jim had a close affinity to the Youth Scotland network, and in particular to LAYC where he was Co-ordinator from 1977 to 1986. 

He led Clackmannanshire Council’s youth services prior to taking on his full time role with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education and maintained close supportive links with his roots at LAYC and the wider voluntary sector both personally and professionally.    

We’ll miss his passion, good humour and practical approach to improving opportunities for Scotland’s young people.

Our sympathy and thoughts go out to Anne and his sons Niall and Iain at this time.

Quick Tips


A-Z of LAYC Services is now available to view / download Here

Small Grants for Youth Groups: A Quick Guide

Youth Scotland have produced this 4 page publication which has information about a number of small grant schemes for youth groups which includes a comprehensive list of links on the back page, that voluntary run youth groups and volunteers might find useful.

Download the publication as a PDF

Youth Group Games

Youth Group Games is a website LAYC has just been made aware of… first impressions are that it seems a really useful source of games for youth workers.Games of all sorts – some you might recognise and some that might be new to you (and some which have been given a wee twist ….for example there’s a section on different seasonal twists to games like the Mars bar game or the fancy dress relay and other “New Games Book” standards.It’s all clear and simple with explanations on how to run the games and nice to see the sectionon “Setting up a Youth Group” too! Give the site a visit, give the games a try …and give us a wee bit of feedback here at the LAYC office. What worked particularly well? Maybe you have you a different website you’d like to tell us about?

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