LAYC will champion, grow and strengthen the quality of youth and children’s work by supporting our Members to provide positive opportunities for children and young people.

Read our Strategic Plan for 2020-23: Connect, Facilitate, Champion.


LAYC has been providing support to youth and children’s groups in Edinburgh and Lothian for over 80 years. From the 1930s when the organisation originated as The Edinburgh Federation of Girls Clubs, to the 1950s/1960s when the organisation became “mixed clubs” and thereafter “youth clubs”, through to 1970s/1980s when the organisation became an agency managed by a voluntary committee working closely with local authority education departments promoting and developing youth and children’s work.

In 2010 Lothian Association of Youth Clubs formally became known as LAYC and in 2012 LAYC registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).


LAYC is a member based organisation providing a range of support to youth and children’s groups.

LAYC covers the City of Edinburgh, East, Mid and West Lothian and accepts members from not for profit youth and children’s groups who use a youth work approach.

Read our annual accounts for 2019-20 here.