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The Big Fun Raiser is back!

Great news! The Big Fun Raiser is back for a second year, so pop the 26th September in your diaries and we will send you more details soon...


The Yard is delighted to announce that they have been chosen as one of Aegon's nominated charities for 2015. We are very much looking forward to working with them this year.

Tesco Bank Edinburgh

We are delighted to have been chosen as Charity of the Year for Tesco Bank Edinburgh.
Looking forward to a fantastic year ahead!

Training Workshops

Every Thursday, we run free training sessions at The Yard on working with disabled children and young people. Areas covered include; Disability Awareness, Inclusive Play and Sign-a-long and courses run from 9.30am to 12.30pm. We work with the Tailor Ed Foundation and Lothian Autistic Society to deliver these courses. To book your place contact susans@theyardscotland.org.uk

RED Driving School

Thanks to RED Driving School  who gave a talk during the 18 to 25s club.

The talk covered safety as a pedestrian, when using public transport, and what drivers have to keep in mind to keep us safe on the roads.

The Big Fun Raiser raises over £65k for The Yard

On Saturday 4 October at The Sheraton Grand in Edinburgh, TV Presenter Nick Knowles hosted our first fundraising ball in over 12 years. We are delighted to announce that it raised over £65k on the night and would like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who helped us make it happen.  

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. 

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.

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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