MEMBERSHIP

What we offer our members

Access to Competitive Insurance Rates

Insurance is an optional add-on to membership. A comprehensive insurance package tailored for youth and children’s work, including PL, EL and contents is provided through Towergate.

Championing

We play an integral representation role for our network of members. Our position as an intermediary organisation and relationship with strategic partners, including national youth work agencies and local authorities, provides a route and ensures a voice for community-based youth and children’s work to be included in discussions and decision making that affects local communities e.g. Children’s Services Plans, Community Learning and Development Plans and Community Improvement Partnerships.

HR Support

Access to professional employment law advice and legally produced employment policies that are regularly updated and adaptable, provided by Law at Work. Members can also access a free phone call with Law at Work for further support.

Free Training

We run a busy training programme for youth and children’s workers on a wide variety of topics such from mental health to child protection to autism. Training is free for member groups’ staff and
volunteers. Find out more here.

Networking and Connecting

Our forums, events and training sessions offer opportunities to connect with other youth and children’s organisations.

PVG Support

We can apply for PVGs on behalf of member groups, saving them time and the cost of annual membership with Disclosure Scotland.

Updates on Funding Opportunities

We keep our members up to date with local funding opportunities for youth and children’s work, through emails and in our weekly bulletin.

Advice, Support and Information

We have a wealth of experience in youth and children’s work and can provide advice, support and information for our members on topics such as funding, policies, issues and best practice. We are happy to speak on the phone or meet in person. Our forums for youth work managers and after school club managers also offer support and the chance to discuss best practice and matters of concern.

Access to Dynamic Youth Awards

Members can access 10 free Challenge Sheets worth £50. Youth Achievement Awards support also available.

Free Job Adverts and Publicity

We can advertise member groups’ job adverts and news in our weekly bulletin, reaching over 1350 youth and children’s workers, and on our social media.

Discounted Room Hire

Our training room is available for hire for away days, meetings, training etc. at a discounted rate for members. We are in a central location just off The Meadows and can provide refreshments.

Become a member of LAYC

LAYC membership is open to groups working with children and young people in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian. Members must be not-for-profit, community-based and offer universal access.

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 enquiries@layc.org.uk to find out about more becoming a member.

Download our membership leaflet here.

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.