Who we are What we believe in What we believe in The Yard is an award-winning charity running adventure play services for disabled children, young people and their families in the east of Scotland. We offer disabled children and their siblings the chance to experience creative, adventurous indoor and outdoor play in a well-supported environment. Since we opened in 1986, our services have grown significantly, but we will always retain our holistic approach and ethos of a child-centred and child-led play service. At The Yard, our role in the lives of children and families is an ambitious one. Our single purpose as an organisation is to provide care, support, and opportunities for fun and friendship for disabled children and young people. We also encourage families to let go, promoting challenge, personal growth and supported independence for their children. We promote challenge and adventure for our children and young people. None of what we do at The Yard contains risk for its own sake, but we are there to promote physical development and social communication, and to give children a vibrant experience and sense of achievement. There are few places where children with visual impairments can experience building and lighting fires, and cooking their own food, or build dens, ropes bridges or simple spaces to enjoy their own time. Everyone who uses The Yard is safe to learn and explore through taking controlled risks. The Yard is as much about emotional as practical support for families. Besides offering informal respite, meeting other parents who face similar challenges gives them the chance to build a network of support and understanding that helps ease the difficulties they often face. In 2017, we worked with over 1,000 families who have a disabled child aged 0-25, many of whom have multiple and complex needs, and all of whom show tenacity, spirit and determination every day. Each of these children is offered a unique and dynamic play experience. We promote inclusive play to help disabled children and young people develop their full potential, confidence, self-esteem and life skills. Our success is largely due to our talented team of trained and experienced specialist playworkers who inspire, guide and support the children who come to play. They are also a source of advice and support for the whole family. We share our expertise by providing a range of specialist training opportunities for play practitioners across Scotland. Since The Yard was established in 1986, our flagship centre in Edinburgh was refurbished by BBC's DIY SOS The Big Build for Children in Need in 2012, and The Yard Dundee opened in 2015, followed by The Yard Fife in 2016. Our vision is one of safe and adventurous play opportunities for all disabled children and young people, and so The Yard continues to grow. The Yard supports Scotland's Play Charter. The Yard adheres to the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated, ie as human beings with a distinct set of rights, instead of as passive objects of care and charity. The Yard is currently working towards our LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Charter mark; a programme run by LGBT Youth Scotland to support and guide organisations to ensure their services are welcoming, inclusive and safe for LGBT people. It involves working towards and achieving standards, which cover things from policy, to promotional materials and staff training. As an organisation that works with disabled children and young people, we always consider inclusivity in terms of disability; going through this process is an opportunity to expand our practice to also consider gender and sexuality. We hope this will become just another of the many wonderful ways we continue to support our families, staff and volunteers, and most importantly, provide the creative and nurturing play environment our children need.