The public face presented by our play team is confident and high-spirited, balanced by a sense of professionalism, and backed up by training and combined years of experience. Behind the scenes too, creative approaches are found in developing new partnerships and services. At The Yard we provide care, support, fun and friendship in equal measure, while promoting challenge and personal growth in an environment that values independence, and celebrates the capabilities and achievements of each individual child.

As well as our staff team, our volunteers are a key part of The Yard family. Whatever your background, and however much time you have to spare, you can make a difference to the lives of disabled children and young people in Scotland.

The Yard recognises the value of volunteers to the organisation. As a volunteer, you gain new experiences and insights, and learn new and transferable skills, whilst knowing you are making a valuable contribution.

We are always looking for people who want to volunteer at our play sessions and youth clubs, especially weekends, and for fundraising, events, maintenance, admin and reception.

All our volunteers receive:

  • Supervised taster session before making a regular commitment
  • Full training on health and safety, induction to The Yard and child protection
  • Opportunities to attend our training courses on inclusive play, autism awareness and challenging behaviour
  • Comprehensive supervision and support, including regular 1:1 meetings with your manager
  • Out of pocket expenses, eg travel costs
  • The Yard yellow tshirt and ID badge

Learn more about our current volunteering opportunities or email us to find out more about volunteering at The Yard in Edinburgh, Dundee or Fife. We will then send you out an application pack and invite you to attend one of our regular volunteer recruitment evenings, so we can get to know each other. Read our transparency statement for volunteer applicants.

If you are more interested in becoming a paid sessional playworker, please visit our jobs page.

I love getting to act like a child again and seeing laughing smiling faces everywhere… It is one of the highlights of my week and I would highly recommend joining The Yard team to anyone