Chief Executive of The Yard, Celine Sinclair, has been awarded Leading Light at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards.

Celine has been Chief Executive here for the last ten years. As a parent of a child with autism, she knows first-hand the life changing difference communities of support like The Yard make, giving children and families space to play together without judgement.

On being presented with the Leading Light award, Celine said:

“During The Yard’s 30th anniversary year, I am absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award. Thank you to SCVO for a fantastic celebration of the amazing work of Scotland’s third sector. The endorsement of my peers means a lot, and will help us reach more people with The Yard’s services. I feel excited and honoured to be spearheading our growth beyond our flagship Edinburgh centre, into Dundee, Fife and beyond.

“Gaining the recognition of our colleagues in this way helps us reach new audiences, allowing the success of The Yard model to be shared more widely and, ultimately, fulfil our vision of access to play for all Scotland’s disabled children.”

Organised by SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations), the Scottish Charity Awards celebrate the life-changing work of charities, community groups and individuals dedicated to making Scotland a better place to live. This year’s ceremony was held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 22 June, with over 400 guests present from top Scottish charities and the private sector.