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In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available or to find out about alternative groups or services in your area.

Organisation Details

Address 22 Eyre Place Lane, Broughton
City/County Edinburgh
Post Code EH3 5EH
Locality North West 
Telephone 0131 476 4506
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  • Advice/Information
  • Black/Minority/Ethnic
  • Carers
  • Children Services
  • Education/Learning/Training
  • Health
  • Learning Disability
  • Self Help/Support
  • Sport/Leisure/Recreation
  • Young People

The Yard is an award-winning charity running adventure play services for disabled children, young people and their families. It offers creative, adventurous indoor and outdoor play experiences in a well-supported environment, encouraging disabled children to have fun, take risks and build friendships. It also supports the whole family by offering information, advice and a place to relax with other families, always without judgement.
Since 1986, set up by a group of parents, teachers and social workers who recognised the need for a safe place to play, The Yard’s services have grown significantly, but retain their ethos of child-centred and child-led play.
Their flagship Edinburgh centre, which runs services seven days a week, was refurbished by BBC DIY SOS The Big Build in 2012. Weekend play sessions at The Yard Dundee began in 2015, followed by The Yard Fife in 2016. In 2017, the charity supported over 1,000 families across the east of Scotland.
The Yard Edinburgh runs daily play sessions for early years, special schools and youth clubs.
Opening times
The Yard Edinburgh is open to members, ie families with disabled children, on a drop-in basis on Friday afternoons 1-4pm during term-time, and 12-5pm on Saturdays year round.
It is also open for family session every day during the school holidays.
Sunday Funday is open to the public every week at The Yard Edinburgh 10am – 4pm.



Name Telephone Cost Actions
3 - 8s Club 0131 476 4506 More info »
Complementary Therapy Service 0131 476 4506 More info »
Family Drop-in Open Sessions 0131 476 4506 More info »
Holiday Play Schemes 0131 476 4506 More info »
Training 0131 476 4506 More info »
Training Workshops 0131 476 4506 More info »
Transitions club 0131 476 4506 More info »
Youth Clubs 0131 476 4506 More info »