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

Access to an Insurance Scheme

A comprehensive and tailored insurance package tailored for youth and children’s work, including public liability, employers liability and contents.


We apply for PVGs on behalf of our member groups for their 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. 

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. 

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

Advertise your events, jobs and news through LAYC’s weekly e-bulletin, reaching 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. 

Funding opportunities

We keep our members up to date with funding opportunities, 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. 

Application Forms for new Members

Membership ONLY

Membership of LAYC, Youth Scotland and UK Youth

Membership Fee


Membership WITH Insurance

Includes all the benefits of Membership of LAYC, Youth Scotland and UK Youth PLUS insurance package via Youth Scotland

Membership Fees

From £300

For groups with over 500 Members and requiring insurance please contact LAYC directly .



Renewing your Membership online

  • 30 days before your membership is due to expire, you will receive an email with a membership renewal link
  • When you click on the link, you will see your group’s renewal form
  • This will be populated with your group’s information from last year
  • Please update the form with any changes

See the download below for a quick guide to the renewal form


As a benefit to members, LAYC can apply for PVGs on behalf of their staff and volunteers. 

As well as saving member groups a lot of time, this saves them from paying the annual organisation registration fee with Disclosure Scotland. 

Apply for a PVG

To apply for a PVG, you will need to come into the LAYC office just off the Meadows to fill in the form and show us your ID. 

We currently run PVG sessions on alternate Wednesdays at 9.30am and Thursdays at 1.30pm. 

Please email or call us on 0131 667 1828 to make an appointment. Please let us know if the times of our PVG sessions suit you, and if not we will try to accommodate you at another time. 

Please note we have recently changed our system and you no longer need to fill out an online PVG application form.   

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