Weekly timetable

For more information please contact 
Susan Scrimgeour susans@theyardscotland.org.uk 

Events & notices

The Yard's Big Fun Raiser

Charity Abseil

Fancy abseiling down from the highest building on Edinburgh Quay?
If so Tods Murray are running a fundraising event for us on Saturday 16 August. Their office building is 136 feet tall and all you need to do is raise £50 (minimum) in sponsorship to secure your place. Everyone will be allocated a one hour slot and the event will run from 9am to 5pm. To sign up email anna@theyardscotland.org.uk

Queen's Baton Relay

Congratulations to Susan Scrimgeour from The Yard who took part in the Queen's Baton
Relay in Edinburgh.


Edinburgh's Play Day - Wed 30 July

Have you seen our bus...

Look out for it all over town!

A huge thank you goes to Lothian Buses and of course Amy and Cissy.

Lothian Buses chooses us as its charity of the year

The Yard is delighted to have been chosen by Lothian Buses as their charity of the year for 2014. Ian Craig Chief Executive, on a visit to The Yard on Friday said: "We look forward to working with The Yard over the course of 2014, helping to raise the profile of the charity in our local community whilst having fun raising funds for this fantastic cause."
Throughout 2014, Lothian Buses and The Yard will work on a number of different projects including visits to one of their bus depots - more to be announced soon.

Send a Lovelight and support The Yard

Let your friends know just how important they are to you whilst raising funds for The Yard by sending a Lovelight from your smart phone or via the web. Lovelights cost just £1 and 33 pence of that is donated directly to The Yard. Sending a Lovelight is the latest eco-friendly way to tell your friends and loved ones just how you feel.

There are 6 animated designs to choose from including a 'disco theme', 'exploding fireworks' and 'romantic pandas'. Each lovelight can be sent either from a smartphone or from spreadthelovelight.com with the cost billed directly to your mobile phone. You can also include a personal message with each Lovelight. Downloading takes seconds and your Lovelight can be opened as many times as wished and saved onto your smartphone or email.

Don't just take our word for it, see for yourself at www.spreadthelovelight.com . It is so easy, takes two minutes to do and raises vital funds for The Yard.




Sunday Family Sessions

If you are interested in coming along to our new family sessions on a Sunday afternoon then please contact Sharron Ainsile sharron@theyardscotland.org.uk to discuss a place. These sessions are for those families who are unable to successfully access our busy Friday and Saturday family sessions. Dates from January until March will be:

Sunday 19 Jan 1pm to 4pm
Sunday 2 Feb 1pm to 4pm
Sunday 16 Feb 1pm to 4pm
Sunday 9 March 1pm to 4pm
Sunday 23 March 1pm to 4pm

Bank of Scotland Community Fund

We are delighted to announce that we were successful in securing £3000 in funds from the Bank of Scotland Community Fund. This money will go towards the development of our new 10-14 Young Adventurers Club.

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for us.


The Buccleuch Property Challenge

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in Friday's challenge at Drumlanrig Castle - raising funds for The Yard

Fun and Friendship

The Yard has recently published 'Fun and Friendship' for youth workers and those working in youth services. This document outlines our experience of running youth clubs for teenagers with additional support needs and gives some tips and guidance for organisations planning to start up their own club. Funded by BBC Children in Need's Fun and Friendship Programme. Download a PDF version (2.3MB)

Aileen Campbell visits The Yard

Our thanks to everyone involved in the Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell's visit to The Yard last week. She was joined by John Fellows from the Big Lottery Fund and met with staff and pupils from Redhall School.


Complementary Therapy Service

Once a month we run our free reflexology (foot massage) and indian head massage (head, neck and shoulders) therapy service for parents and carers.  For more information or to book one of our therapies contact teri@theyardscotland.org.uk

National Youth Worker of the Year Awards

Well done to our team who were runners-up for Innovative Practice at last week's awards.

A big thank you from The Yard!

A big thank you from The Yard to all the companies and individuals who donated their time and expertise to the Big Build and to the 3.9 people who tuned in to watch the show!

During the hour of broadcast, over £260,000 was raised for Children in Need. 

Thanks also to local cake maker extraordinaire Joyce, of Joyce’s Cake Shop, who provided the amazing cake pictured above.

Home and dry at The Yard!

Scott Hastings, former Watsonians, Scotland and British & Irish Lions player, with The Yard’s Chief Executive Celine Sinclair and Jamie and Erin Pass.

Scott, along with some of the children from our 3-8’s Club, unveiled a plaque recognising the generous funding from Wooden Spoon- the children’s charity of rugby- which allowed for the essential upgrading of playground facilities including a complete overhaul of the drainage.

BBC Children in Need DIY SOS special at The Yard!

The BBC 1 series DIY SOS has chosen The Yard for their next big build!

This is an amazing opportunity and will mean a revamp of the whole building, both inside and outside, in just 10 days.

Only one charity in the whole of the UK is chosen each year by the DIY SOS team for this BBC Children in Need special. The build starts next month on the 26 September 2012 with the 'grand reveal' to families and friends set for the 5 October 2012. The work will also be filmed and broadcast UK-wide in November in their annual hour long DIY SOS Big Build Special.

We anticipate minor disruption to our service during this period and will keep you posted over the coming weeks of our plans.

So please spread the word and if you have a professional trade and would like to volunteer as part of the team then email susans@theyardscotland.org.uk and we will forward your details to the BBC.

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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.  

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