Tribute to John Knox

It was with great sadness and shock that we heard of John’s passing. He was a remarkable man in so many ways; thoughtful, committed to youth work and young people, politically astute, strategically sharp and most of all an ability to build partnerships often in the most tricky of situations.

It was this personable approach, alongside a steely moral compass, that served Scottish youth work so well and which provided a legacy that we will be forever grateful.

One of our early encounters with John was at a day conference jointly organised by LAYC and SSCVYO (forerunner to Youthlink Scotland) in 1983 which explored what youth work needed to look like in the future and how it could get there. This was one of the foundations for the Scottish Community Education Council (SCEC) report ‘Our Tomorrow – Investing in the Future’, published in 1986, which sought to redefine and refresh youth work in advance of the new millennium and which had John’s fingerprints all over it.

John’s stewardship of SSCVYO (we’ll let you work out the acronym) was transformational, moving it from what appeared to be a stuffy and cosy organisation, to one that put young people at its centre with a willingness to put its money where its mouth was. The youth participation project Tangents was a ground breaking project that in hindsight was way ahead of its time and SSCVYO led the youth work field by example.

Inevitably we’ve been talking about John and recalling previous times and a colleague reflecting on the richness of his character said ‘he was such a good man’ and we can’t think of a better epitaph.

Our heartfelt sympathies and thoughts are extended to John’s family, Patricia, Kerry and Kevin and hope that the love and respect people had for John will help in some way to carry them through this difficult time.

AGM & PDA celebration

This year’s LAYC AGM is being held on Wednesday 17th September at NHS Lothian conference room located in Waverley Gate, the old GPO building , at the east end of Princes Street with a 7pm start.

Along with the business of the AGM, the evening will host the graduation awards for the recent PDA in Youth Work course which will see 18 youth workers from across the Lothian’s receive this national qualification from Rory MacLeod, Chief Executive, CLD Standards Council for Scotland. Rory will also be saying a few words which if you’ve heard Rory before will be well worth taking cognisance of!

Invites are already circulating to member groups, partners, colleagues and friends so please come along and be part of a celebration of community based youth and childrens work and of course a chance to network over a finger buffet.

If people can rsvp to LAYC by phone on 667 1828 or email we can ensure the buffet won’t run out!


Youth Works Help Required

Edinburgh Youth Work Consortium and the University of Edinburgh are undertaking a literature review on the impact of youth work which will review published and unpublished literature. We need the help of the youth work sector to find the unpublished work from over the past 10 years.

So, do you have any reports on the impact of universal/generic youth work? We are looking for work where young people participated voluntarily, where they were involved in setting the agenda, and where youth workers were clear about their purpose.

Please send reports etc to Callum McGregor, Project Research Assistant at

This Youth Work Research Project is supported by The Robertson Trust, Youthlink Scotland and Youth Scotland.

For more detailed information click on the resources tab and follow the drop down link to Youth Work Research.

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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