Grants report approved 2nd time round

Following the recent approval of the further revenue grants report, the elected members sub group who were tasked with overseeing the new scheme is to be re-convened to undertake a ‘lessons learnt’ look at the whole process. This was one of the major outcomes of the Education Children, Families Committee’s February meeting who expressed concerns about how the grants process had been managed.

On the grant recommendations the report was virtually unchanged with the exception of the creation of a fund to support the establishment of breakfast clubs in disadvantaged areas. For those groups who had been allocated what they had received previously, there was a further sting in the tail with an additional 5% cut across all those groups.

The ‘commissioning’ of some youth work provision was also been put back to April 2017 creating a chance to develop a genuine co-produced commissioning strategy in the intervening months. In the meantime groups who were granted contracts on reduced funding levels until September 2016, it remains unclear as to what happens in the 6 month gap up until the start of the new commissioning period of April 2017.

The LAYC Chairs & Managers Group have written to request a place on the Elected Members Review Sub-Group as they are keen to contribute to this review so that groups don’t have to go through such a difficult process again.

The next issue for those who have received grants offers is to agree ‘funding agreements’. LAYC has been working with the Chairs/Managers to see if a set of ‘ground rules’ could be agreed in advance to ensure a more equatable approach is adopted and applied consistently.

The revenue grants report 2016-19 can be found on LAYC’s home page alongside the Small Grants Re-port which was approved at the March committee and to which LAYC had a deputation.


Cllr’s sympathetic to LAYC deputation

LAYC took a deputation to the March meeting of the Education, Children and Families Committee to raise concerns about the Small Grants Report which saw very few smaller community based groups benefits from the 11 grants awarded.

The Committee agreed to review the small grants programme alongside the ‘lessons learnt’ from the main grants programme which is to be considered by reconvening the elected members working group which LAYC is seeking a place on. To read the deputation paper click here or to view LAYC’s deputation via the Council’s podcast  use this link



Child’s Play 9 – It’s back better than ever!

After a wee absence Child’s Play is back for a 9th annual full day of a range of training courses on Saturday 19th March at Nelson Hall from 9.30am onwards for registration with workshops starting at 10am and finished for 3.30pm at The Pleasance, Edinburgh.

With 3 different courses to choose from in the morning and another 3 different ones in the afternoon, the day provides fun filled practical workshops with a buffet lunch thrown in all for £25 if you book 2!

The courses in the morning (10am – 12.30) are:

  •  Activity Stations – with health related workshops to try from Edinburgh Leisure
  • Outdoors in mind – outside workshop using play to support health and well being
  • Chilled out Children’s Workers – ways of supporting staff to look after their own well being

The courses in the afternoon (1pm – 3.30pm) are:

  • Let’s dance – practical and fun way to get children moving to music
  • Healthy eating – how to introduce healthy snacks by getting the children to help make them
  • Mindful Crafts – create crafts using re-cycled materials that children can make to help themselves feel better about themselves

Borders Scrapstore will also have a lunchtime stall so you can make purchases including the materials being used in the afternoon Mindful Crafts workshop.

So have a look at the CP9 flyer and book either on line via the website or phone the office on 667 1828. Courses are £15 per person or £25 per person if that person is booked onto a morning and afternoon workshop. Buffet lunch is included in the fee.

End of an era coming soon

We write to advise that after 33 years of dedicated service to LAYC, Ian Boardman has decided to retire by taking advantage of Edinburgh Council’s early release scheme which will see him leave Council employment as of the 31st December.

However, Ian has agreed to stay on for a bit longer with LAYC to help the transition and ensure adequate handover arrangements and this will be undertaken on a phased basis. This will see Ian remain as Director through January in a full time capacity and then move to reducing hours before leaving us come the end of March.

Ian will leave LAYC in a very strong position with an experienced and skilled board and staff team, a wide range of quality services and a healthy membership. The board and staff will continue to deliver the work of LAYC and secure the necessary funding to deliver these much needed services and build on the significant legacy that Ian has played a major role in.

However, we are not saying farewell to him just yet but when that time does come we will wish him well for his retirement safe in the knowledge that he will remain a passionate supporter of community based youth and children’s work. We will also keep you posted on plans to celebrate his time at LAYC and his wider contribution to youth work over these many years as we approach his leaving time.

We also have great confidence in our remaining staff team of Graham, Gillian and Laurene and with the Board’s and your help, they will ensure LAYC continues to flourish.

Yours sincerely

Mike Massaro-Mallinson

LAYC Chair

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