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.

PDA in Youth Work 2015 – recruiting now!

LAYC is proud to announce that the highly rated PDA in Youth Work course will be run again commencing in January 2015. This course, now entering its 5th year, comes highly regarded and is consistently over subscribed. The course is open to youth workers (full, part and volunteers) who must have at least 12 months experience in youth work and permission/support of the youth work setting they are currently working in. You must also be able to attend all the course dates as outlined in the PDA flyer and get the application signed off by tthe line manager.

The course fees are heavily subsidised at £100 (other providers are charging around £400) for staff coming from member groups, who will be given priority, and £250 for non member groups.

Applications for a place on the course need be submitted using the PDA application form and that must be received by LAYC by no later than Friday 21st November 2014 and applicants will be advised asap thereafter if they have been granted a place or not. The course requirements will be strictly applied so please ensure you meet those before applying.

If you have queries about the course then please contact Ian Boardman on 0131 667 1828 or by email

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



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