ASC Charter to get launched

Over the past few months LAYC has been working with some after school clubs and the Children and Families Dept to develop a ‘charter’ that would capture what it means to work co-operatively and how we recognise that in the community based/parent lead ASC sector. This is part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s commitment to sustaining and developing after school clubs and building a ‘co-operative capital’.

To launch the ASC Charter and highlight the positive work of, and challenges faced by community based/parent lead after school clubs, we are jointly hosting an event on Thursday 8th May at Murrayburn Primary School from 10am to 12 noon followed by a buffet lunch. The formal launch will be by Cllr Paul Godzik, Convenor of the Education, Children and Families Committee.

This event is aimed at our after school clubs and invitations LAYC Invitation 2014 have gone out to all LAYC ASC member groups. If you’d like to attend either as a member of staff and/or a committee or board member please rsvp by email  by no later than the 28th April to the    

As part of the event there will be opportunities to hear from a range of voices who have an investment in after school clubs and a chance to network with colleagues from across the city.


Mental health research seeks support

A new project, funded by the Edinburgh & Lothian’s Health Foundation, aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people (aged 11-18) living with physical long term conditions in Scotland. Research shows that young people with long term conditions are at an increased risk of developing mental health problems such as depression.

The first phase will involve conducting quantitative and qualitative primary research with young people, their families, carers and professionals who work with them, to explore the mental health and wellbeing implications of living with a long term condition as a young person. This will include:

  1. 1.       An online survey of young people with long term conditions across Scotland to explore current levels of mental wellbeing, sources of support and service gaps (April 2014).
  2. 2.       In-depth interviews and /or focus groups with young people with long term conditions living in Edinburgh and the Lothians (May – July 2014)
  3. 3.       Telephone interviews with family members, carers and professionals working with young people with long term conditions in Edinburgh and the Lothians (May – July 2014)

 The findings will be used to inform a co-production process that will lead to the development of young people lead pilot interventions in Edinburgh and the Lothians to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people living with long term conditions.

 They are keen to work with existing youth work providers in the research and the development stages. If you are interested in being involved or finding out more, please contact Hannah Biggs on email at or by phone on 0131 243 3800.

Jim Rooney…….a great loss

LAYC and  Youth Scotland was deeply saddened by the loss of Jim Rooney who passed peacefully on Wednesday 12 February at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. 

Jim was a passionate supporter of quality youth work, the structures that support it, and, most importantly, the people that deliver it.  Jim had a close affinity to the Youth Scotland network, and in particular to LAYC where he was Co-ordinator from 1977 to 1986. 

He led Clackmannanshire Council’s youth services prior to taking on his full time role with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education and maintained close supportive links with his roots at LAYC and the wider voluntary sector both personally and professionally.    

We’ll miss his passion, good humour and practical approach to improving opportunities for Scotland’s young people.

Our sympathy and thoughts go out to Anne and his sons Niall and Iain at this time.

Membership 2013 – 14 – Discounted rates

LAYC Membership and Insurance

Discounted Rates – 1st February 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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