If you're aged between 12-18 we have three different youth clubs you could attend during the week as well as drop in sessions on Fridays and Saturdays where your parents or a carer can bring you to try a range of activities including go-carting, art and craft, face painting and cake baking.

3-8s Club

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Our Monday afternoon club for children aged 3 to 8, their parents and siblings welcomes all children with disabilities but has, since its inception as an outreach programme, catered primarily to those with autism. 

Our Monday afternoon club for children aged 3 to 8, their parents and siblings welcomes all children with disabilities but has, since its inception as an outreach programme, catered primarily to those with autism. 

For families with and without a child with autism there is an opportunity to relax and play with their children in a non judgemental environment surrounded by understanding staff and other parents with shared experiences, concerns and hopes for the development of their children.

By playing with parents, peers and the Play Team the children learn to read social cues, learn the value of sharing and turn taking and develop their independence.

Dynamic outdoor play is balanced with interactive musical sessions, art activities and a communal snack time, offering everyone the opportunity to share experiences, advice and anecdotes.

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Youth clubs

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Our youth clubs, for young people age 12-18, operate three evenings per week all year round. Two of the clubs are for young men and women while the third is exclusively for young women and run by female staff only.

Our youth clubs, for young people age 12-18, operate three evenings per week all year round. Two of the clubs are for young men and women while the third is exclusively for young women and run by female staff only.

The dynamic of each club varies greatly but at their core they all build upon the adventure play origins of the playground, offering risk and challenge alongside fun and friendship and new experiences and opportunities to develop independence and social skills.

Art and craft activities, cooking, baking and home-cinema nights take place in-house while trips out have been as diverse as underground ghost tours, power-boat trips around Bass Rock and visits to restaurants.

For young people dealing not only with adolescence but also additional support needs, our youth clubs offer a valued route away from the risks of social exclusion and over reliance on support from parents and carers.

Part funded by the Short Breaks Fund.

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Transitions club

The Short Breaks funded Saturday evening provision for young people age 18-25 launched in 2011 and has proven to be a great success.

For young people dealing with the transition to adulthood a support network of peers is invaluable. Our weekly club for young people entering adulthood offers a safe, relaxing environment where young people can be themselves and develop independence but with the support of trained and empathic staff.

The Short Breaks funded Saturday evening provision for young people age 18-25 launched in 2011 and has proven to be a great success.

For young people dealing with the transition to adulthood a support network of peers is invaluable. Our weekly club for young people entering adulthood offers a safe, relaxing environment where young people can be themselves and develop independence but with the support of trained and empathic staff.

The Yard becomes a focal point for friendships which grow much wider than the confines of the playground and young people, their parents and carers all tell us about increased confidence and interests which have grown out of attending the Saturday club.

Having had time to gel as a group, the young people are now venturing out with the confines of the playground and planning their own activities and trips with the support of staff.

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How to find us

The Yard
22 Eyre Place Lane
Edinburgh EH3 5EH

Opening times
We are open to families
with children with
disabilities on a
drop-in basis Friday
afternoons 1pm-4pm 
during term-time
and 10am-4pm 
on Saturdays year
round. We are open
6 days 10am-4pm
in school holidays.  

Contact us
Email us
0131 476 4506 

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

Directions
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together more.
There's more
happiness."

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behind
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