While play is at the heart of the organisation, it takes much more than Playworkers to run the service. Behind the scenes too, there is creativity and vision which propels The Yard’s successes. 

Annual Report and Accounts

Each year The Yard's annual reports win major design awards.

The Yard’s annual report, designed by Edinburgh based company Tayburn, is produced as part of a design sponsorship package. The report’s success has not only been measured in terms of the number of prestigious industry awards it has received, it has also had a massive impact on The Yard’s profile and been used as an effective fundraising tool. 

In addition to silver place in the not for profit category at the Design Effectiveness Awards, the Yard’s annual reports have won and extensive number of awards including the Roses, Fresh, Scottish Design Awards and Mobius.

Download a PDF of our 2013/14 Annual Report here

Download a PDF version of our 2013/14 Annual Accounts here

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Our Mission

The Yard aims to provide children and young people with disabilities and their siblings the chance to experience creative and adventurous indoor and outdoor play in a well supported environment.

 

The Yard’s Vision

Safe and adventurous play opportunities for all children and young people with disabilities.

The Yard’s Mission Statement

The Yard aims to provide children and young people with disabilities and their siblings the chance to experience creative and adventurous indoor and outdoor play in a well supported environment.

The Yard’s Aims and Objectives

  • To operate an adventure play centre that provides play, youth clubs and emotional and practical support for children and young people with disabilities
  • To promote inclusive play to enable children and young people with disabilities to develop their full potential
  • To support children and young people with disabilities to develop confidence, self esteem and life skills
  • To offer play services and training services to other professionals working with children and young people with disabilities

The Needs We Meet

The Yard Adventure Centre, in the heart of Edinburgh, is the only purpose built indoor and outdoor adventure play facility for disabled children in the east of Scotland. Our success is largely due to a talented team of specialist play workers who inspire, guide and support the children who come to play.

Annually The Yard was used by 2,000 children and young people and had over 15,000 visits. The Yard is used by special schools and provides a service for around 400 disabled school children every month as part of their curricular day. We are the only family play facility in Edinburgh suitable for families with children with multiple and complex needs that is open throughout the school holidays.

Many families say that The Yard makes an immeasurable difference to the life of the children who use it. Besides giving children a safe place to play our holistic approach as a family centre gives children and their parents and carers a community. On a more practical level the play sessions enhance children’s confidence and self esteem. It also helps children come to terms with their own disability as they become aware of their own differences. Equally important for the children is the impact The Yard has on parents and parenting. Besides providing informal respite, meeting other parents who are facing similar challenges gives the parents the chance to build a network of support and understanding which helps ease the many difficulties that are often faced

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Information Resources

If you are visiting us for the first time download a copy of our
New Parents Leaflet

Informaton on our Services
Service Leaflet
 
For information on BBC Children in Needs  Fun and Friendship 
Programme download a copy of our

Fun and Friendship Booklet 

 

How to find us

22 Eyre Place Lane
Edinburgh EH3 5EH

Email us

0131 476 4506 

Get here by bus
The number 8, 27
and 36 stop nearby

Directions
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detailed directions 

To find a session to suit you please click sessions

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"People play
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There's more
happiness."

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