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The Team

Laurene Edgar


I started working with LAYC…May 2015

My job role at LAYC is…Director Leading all the main activities of LAYC – providing training, advice, support and information to Member Groups. The role also involves representing youth & children’s work at various local authority wide and community-based meetings to champion the role of universal youth and children’s work and raise awareness of the work Member Groups are undertaking to support children and young people. The best part of my job at LAYC is…working with a wide variety of organisations who are Members as well as all the partner agencies involved in the work of LAYC. It’s great to hear from Member Groups and the innovative work they are doing to support the best outcomes for children and young people across Lothian. My aspirations for LAYC are…a vibrant Membership and LAYC being creatively response to the way it not only meets Member Group needs but those of the wider youth and children’s work sector.

My motto or personal mantra is…working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion!

Rosalie Short Administration, Communications and Marketing

I started working at LAYC in... November 2019

My job role at LAYC is... communicating with members, compiling our weekly bulletin, our social media and website, finance, managing training bookings, PVGs, etc.! The best part of working at LAYC is... knowing that we’re supporting our member groups to make a real impact for children and young people. My aspirations for LAYC are... grow our membership and engage all members in what we offer.

My motto or personal mantra is... be kind, be intentional, appreciate what you have!

Emma Lee

Development Worker, Training and Capacity Building

I started working with LAYC… 22nd October 2020

My job role at LAYC is… to lead on the provision of LAYC’s training programme- through the identification of training needs, training providers, delivery of training and evaluation of its impact on youth and children’s work practice. Another vital part of my job is to provide localised and tailored support to Members Groups – promoting quality youth and children’s work across Edinburgh and the Lothians. The best part of my job at LAYC is…the people, the opportunity to develop further, to do something I love doing training - its challenging and rewarding all at the same time! My aspirations for LAYC are… that the training programme and membership continue to grow and develop. Believing that by providing high quality training opportunities and support will unfold in children and young people having access to children and youth work that is innovative, creative and supportive.

My motto or personal mantra is…Choose courage over comfort. Choose whole hearts over armour. And choose the great adventure of being brave and afraid at the exact same time. (B.Brown)

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