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.

Membership 2013 – 14 – Discounted rates

LAYC Membership and Insurance

Discounted Rates – 1st August 2014 to 31st October 2014

We are now offering discounted rates for affiliation and insurance to LAYC as we move through the membership year and Membership and Insurance discounted forms are now up on the website to enable your group to take out part year membership. Membership forms along with guidance notes and an outline of the benefits of membership was sent out to all current members in mid October. If you can’t find them or they got lost in the post please either contact LAYC for forms to be sent out or download them from the website.  ‘Membership Only’ and ‘Membership and Insurance’ Application Forms

  • If you require membership only (ie not including Youth Scotland’s Insurance package) please complete in the ‘Membership Only’ form.
  • If you require membership as well as insurance, please complete the ‘Membership and Insurance’ form.
  • Groups with more than 1000 members should contact Youth Scotland for an individual insurance quotation for the group.

If you are no longer the contact person for the group and recieved the membership mailing then please pass on the form to the relevant person AND advise us you are no longer the contact person as any delay may affect getting the insurance in place. Towergate are Youth Scotland’s insurance brokers, and if you would like a quotation for any other additional cover or you have any queries regarding insurance, please contact Lynne Tumilty on 0141 223 6907 or 0844 980 6800 or email We do hope that you decide to re-affiliate to the LAYC/Youth Scotland network and benefit from the raft of support services on offer to affiliated groups as outlined in the Benefits of Membership. ) We look forward to receiving your renewal form for 2013/14.

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