Events & notices
Christmas Family Sessions
In the lead up to Christmas, just to add to the general excitement we will be theming each of our family sessions so...
Friday 19 December - Christmas in the Kitchen
Come and help us make festive treats and pies for the party.
Saturday 20 December - Christmas Party
11am to 1pm, 1.45pm to 3.45pm
Santa is on his way! Come and join us, dressing up is optional but we'd love to see more elves and angels through out doors. Please email email@example.com as soon as possible or call us on 0131 476 4506 to let us know which party you will be coming along to and the names and ages of your children and their siblings.
Monday 22 December - Wrap up Warm!
It's time to give your favourite Christmas jumpers or onesies an outing - prizes for the best dressed.
Tuesday 23 December - Christmas Crack a Joke Day
Apparently it's the way you tell them, so see if you can make our play team smile. We will also be doing face painting.
Wednesday 24 December Christmas Karaoke
Spend the morning with us blasting out your favourite Christmas tunes
Have a fantastic holiday!
The forum will next meet on Wednesday 7 January at 4.45pm at The Yard. All welcome.
Free Massage Service
Our massage service run by Jen Wood, is now available across all our clubs and family sessions for everyone over the age of 8 years. Jen is next here on Friday 19 Dec 1pm to 4pm email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a session.
Click here for more information and to see a copy of our new timetable.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Youth Worker of the Year Awards
Well done to our team who were runners-up for Innovative Practice at last week's awards.
22 Eyre Place Lane
Edinburgh EH3 5EH
We are open to families
with children with
disabilities on a
drop-in basis Friday
on Saturdays year
round. We are open
6 days 10am-4pm
in school holidays.
0131 476 4506
Get here by bus
The number 8, 27
and 36 stop nearby
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