What you get as an LAYC member

Access to cheaper insurance

Looking for cheaper insurance? We offer a comprehensive insurance package tailored for youth and children’s work, including public liability, employers liability and contents. This is usually very much cheaper than other providers.

Insurance is an optional add-on to membership. You can still become a member without signing up for insurance.

Support with PVGs

Struggling with capacity to process PVGs? We can apply for PVGs for member groups’ staff and volunteers. As well as saving members lots of time, this saves them from paying the annual registration fee of £75 to Disclosure Scotland.

Member groups wanting a PVG should follow the process here.

HR Support

Members get access to professional employment law advice and legally produced employment policies that are regularly updated and adaptable, provided by Law at Work.

Free Training

We run a busy programme of training courses throughout the year, covering topics such as relationships, substance use, autism, mental health, income maximisation, challenging behaviour, trauma informed practice, eating disorders, adverse childhood experiences, first aid, connecting with parents, and more.

Training is free for member groups’ staff and volunteers. You can book up to 2 free spaces per session.

Our training programme is designed in consultation with member groups so we can provide the training you need.

Most training lasts for a half day or full day, and some lasts multiple days.

Free job adverts and publicity

Want to raise your profile and advertise your jobs for free? Members can advertise their jobs, events and news through our weekly e-bulletin, which goes out to over 1300 subscribers working in youth and children’s work in the Lothians.


We have a wide range of resources to support youth and children’s work.

After School Club Support

We run a regular After School Club Managers Forum (Edinburgh only) to share best practice and discuss matters of concern and support.

Updates on funding opportunities

We keep our members up to date with local funding opportunities for youth and children’s work, sharing funding news each week in our weekly bulletin for members.

Access to Dynamic Youth Awards

10 free Challenge Sheets – worth £50 – available on request from Youth Scotland. Youth Achievement Awards support also available

Youth Work Managers & Board Support

Regular updates on Partnerships & Steering Groups where LAYC represent Member Groups (Edinburgh only) Regular forum meetings include an opportunity to share learning around specific topics and areas of concern

Advice, Support, Information

We have a wealth of experience in youth and children’s work and can provide advice, support and information for our members regarding news, issues and practice. We are happy to speak on the phone or meet in person.

Become a member of LAYC

LAYC is open to not for profit groups working with young people and children in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian.

Although there is a small fee for membership, becoming a member is likely to actually save you money on e.g. insurance/training costs/staff time to process PVGs. For example, annual membership costs the same as what you would pay for a single day’s training elsewhere, but by becoming a member you can access our whole training programme for free.

Contact us at to find out about more becoming a member.

Costs and membership forms 

Membership without insurance – £160. Apply here.

Membership with insurance – From £300 depending on the size of your group. Apply here. For groups with over 500 members please contact us directly.

Renewing your membership

If you are an existing member of LAYC, you can renew your membership here, and read this step by step guide to renewing your membership.