ASC Co-Operative Charter makes it’s Mark!

At LAYC we’re great fans of working both collaboratively, co-operatively and of the fantastic work undertaken by parent led after school clubs. So we’re doubly delighted to have taken both these things and combined them into an After School Club Charter Mark which is awarded to those after school clubs who can demonstrate that’s how they seek to work!

The idea of the ASC Co-operative Charter was born from discussions with after school clubs and how to work more co -operatively in line with Edinburgh Council’s electoral pledge on developing a Co-operative agenda. This work with after school clubs, aided by Martin Metyard from the Co-operative movement, began to recognise that parent led and community based after school clubs were in fact operating using co-operative principles. Those principles of fairness, community ownership, not for profit, co-operation and underlying it all, child centred, are the backbone of the After School Clubs Co-operative Charter.

So what do after school clubs gain from being a member of the Charter and gaining the Charter Mark? LAYC has pulled together a raft of tailored services that seek to acknowledge the commitment to co-operative working and to directly assist them to develop a more co-operative approach. They include:

  • Grants to support collaborative work including with another Chartered ASC and other partners
  • Paid mentoring time from a pool of experienced ASC Managers to provide tailored support
  • On site training for staff teams on key topics
  • Access to study space and course materials for those undertaking training
  • Copy of the LAYC Charter Quality Assurance Guide
  • Exclusive access to some development projects

So how can you join and become an ASC Charter Mark? A short application form with information about the Scheme will be sent out to all Edinburgh based After School Clubs. This helps us to check that groups meet the co-operative criteria and qualify for the Charter Mark. The Charter Mark is only open to members of LAYC. It will run concurrently with the Membership year and be available to be renewed annually.

The Charter represents a major recognition by the City of Edinburgh Council placing real value on the work done by parent led after school clubs. We know it requires the right support to be provided to help sustain and develop community based provision. LAYC is very grateful for some funding and the support of the Early Years team in being able to launch this innovative Charter.

Funds to tackle tobacco

Tobacco use and the health consequences continues to be a key factor in affecting Scotland’s health prospects.

As part of a Scottish Government and NHS Lothian commitment to raise the issues of smoking, LAYC is again offering small action grants of up to £750 to develop tobacco focussed work as part of a groups youth work programme. Following a highly successful couple of rounds, youth action grants are again available.

To apply you need to complete a short application form which is available with a closing date of Friday 31st January 2015. Groups will be advised by the end of February of the LAYC/NHS Lothian’s funding panel decision and the project or programme will need to be completed by end of the school summer term.

Remember the grant can be used not only to cover the direct costs of undertaking the project or programme but can be used to offset existing costs such as staffing which might already be in place to support the group.

Grants in the past have been used to develop and deliver peer training; photography project on recording smoking in the local area; create short films by young people for young people; fact packs to use in youth clubs and even a healthy eating project to promote healthy alternatives to smoking!

So get those thinking caps on and applications in…….a small bit of funding might go a long way!

For further information contact Ian Boardman on 0131 667 1828 or

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



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