Events & notices
National Play Strategy Action Plan Launched
Aileen Campbell Minister for Children and Young People launched the Action Plan for the National Play Strategy today (Monday 28 October) at The Yard. The plan gives useful advice and support to encourage families and communities out to play and help inspire a generation of active, healthy youngsters.
Yard Bonfire Night
Thursday 7 November 6-8pm
Watch amazing fire juggling, listen to Edinburgh University's Brass Band giving it some oompah, and enjoy soup and stovies in front of our bonfire.
All welcome, entry by donation, bring your own sparklers.
Please note there will be no fireworks and the fire will be enclosed and supervised at all times.
Bank of Scotland Community Fund
We need your votes for a chance to secure up to £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 and we are one of only four charities in the running so please:
- Vote online at www.bankofscotland.co.uk/communityfund
- Vote by SMS - text the word VOTE followed by CBPD to 82332
- Vote in person at the Edinburgh Goldenacre branch of the Bank of Scotland
Voting closes Friday 1 November 2013.
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 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.
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 email@example.com and we will forward your details to the BBC.
For regular updates on when the filming takes place and other information about The Yard please sign up for a copy of our newsletter
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