Cashback Youth Work Fund – now open!

YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, is now welcoming applications for the latest round of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund for projects to be delivered in 2015 -2016

The Youth Work Fund aims to build the capacity of young people and the youth work organisations who work to support them. We welcome proposals for operating costs relating to the delivery of youth work activity programmes that add to or consolidate the excellent youth work already being undertaken throughout Scotland.

A total of £600,000 is available for though out Scotland which is allocated out on a local authority basis .

In order to be eligible to access the latest round of funding, all proposed youth work activities must be delivered between the 1st April 2015 and the 31st March 2016.

Proposals must:

  • Target young people aged 10 – 19 years
  • Offer free youth work activities for young people to increase the opportunities they have to develop their interests and skills in an enjoyable, fulfilling and supported way
  • Focus resources in areas where there is a demonstrated need, taking account of local priorities
  • Fill gaps in provision for young people or add value/build on existing provision
  • Support young people who are currently involved or at risk of becoming involved in violence, alcohol, drugs and/or anti-social behaviour
  • Promote equalities and be open and accessible to young people
  • Support and encourage the involvement of local young people  in the development, management and running of the project
  • Demonstrate sustainability (whether in attracting other resources or in leaving a legacy

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 19 December 2014

More information on the latest round of the CashBack Youth Work Fund, grant criteria and details can be accessed on the YouthLink Scotland website:

Projects intending to apply will need to access the online application form using the following link: CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund

Membership 2014/15

It’s that time of year again to renew membership of LAYC and Youth Scotland with all the benefits that come with it!

For those with insurance cover through us then you should get your forms back to us by end October and for those that don’t you’ll have to end November when the insurance will lapse and can’t be back dated so your Employers Liability Certificate will indicate the break in cover.

Details of Membership Benefits and forms can be viewed and accessed by following the Membership tab.

AGM Success

LAYC’s recent AGM was an evening of celebration as youth workers who had gained their PDA in Youth Work received their certificates. It also provided a chance for Rory MacLeod, Chief Executive of the Scottish Standards Council, to talk passionately about the importance of youth work and youth workers.

The meeting also approved the Annual Report and Accounts for 2013/14 ably independently examined by Geoghegans and appointed them to undertake that task for the next set of accounts. If you wish to view or download the Annual Report/Accounts for 2013/14 please use this link.

The meeting also appointed the Board of Trustees for 2014/15 who are:

Office Bearers and Trustees

President: Alan Blackie
Chair: Dona Milne
Vice Chair: Susie Jamieson
Hon. Treasurer: Margaret Walker


Valerie Agnew

Helen Davies

Dawn Exley

Lissa McIntyre

Co-opted Trustees:

Helen Kelly

Sonal Raithatha



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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