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LAYC is also using a new improved system for its weekly email newsletter “E Bulletins” which carries details of jobs, funding, training courses, events and other items of interest for those involved in youth and children’s work in Edinburgh, the Lothians and South East Scotland. If you are not currently a subscriber and would like to receive our weekly E-Bulletins then please subscribe using the form on the right. LAYC is always keen to include news and features on the good work of affiliated groups so please keep us posted with what your group has been up to recently and we can include that in a forthcoming issue of our “FAST Networks”.
Remember E Bulletins is a FREE service for affiliated groups. If you have a job, training course or event to advertise please use the appropriate form on the E-Service section of the website; the jobs form is here.
(Non affiliated groups can advertise to the 1200+ subscribers too for a small fee!)
LAYC has agreed to move to a new phone and broadband provider which promises great things and in particular 20% savings on our current costs. The big switch over for us will be sometime from overnight Sunday (15th) into Monday (16th) evening and as a result we may be off line for a period during that time and into Tuesday (17th) as we do some technical tricks to get hooked up again.
Any emails that are sent when we’re off line will be forwarded to us when back on but if we don’t get right back to you or you get a bounce back this will be why.
We’re keeping everything crossed that the change over doesn’t cause too much grief and any slight distruption will be compensated by the savings we make overall.
Following the City of Edinburgh Council’s approval of the overarching commissioning strategy for the Children and Families Dept last October, seven commissioning approaches have been developed across service areas. The consultation on the draft service specific strategy has now concluded.
LAYC made a submission and you can view that by clicking on this link LAYC response to the Commissioning Consultation.
NEW CHILD PROTECTION PROCEDURES JUST PUBLISHED – FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2012
LAYC is taking steps to make sure that the Care Inspectorate is made aware of the decision to produce these only in an electronic format as in 2007 affiliated groups often faced demands for them to have a hard copy of the Child Protection procedures on the premises .
Groups should still make sure that they and their staff know where to find the document and any reference on agency policies and protocols should have the correct address/hyperlink included. Lothian Borders police and NHS Lothian websites will also hold copies of the document .
In the meantime you can access the new CHILD PROTECTION PROCEDURES here on the LAYC website
LAYC SERVICES A-Z
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.
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?
Spark in the Dark
Spark in the Dark is the provider of LAYC’s ever popular “Games, Games, Games” training session. Founded by Jim Balloch who has considerable expertise and experience in a variety of play settings over a number of years . He is equally at home with face to face work with children of all ages and with tutoring those involved directly in the delivery of play services.
Contact Jim on Tel: 01506 811743 or email : email@example.com