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.
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.