The Yard


The Yard runs adventure play services for disabled children, young people and their families in the east of Scotland. We offer creative, adventurous indoor and outdoor play experiences in a well-supported environment.

Since we opened in 1986, set up by a group of parents, teachers and social workers who recognised the need for a safe place to play, our services have grown significantly, but we retain our holistic approach and ethos of child-centred and -led play.

We provide care, support, and opportunities for fun and friendship. We encourage families to let go, promoting challenge, adventure, personal growth and supported independence. We promote physical development and social communication, giving children a vibrant experience and sense of achievement. Everyone is safe to learn and explore through controlled risk.

Besides informal respite, meeting other parents who face similar challenges lets them build a network of support and understanding that helps ease the difficulties they face.

Our flagship Edinburgh centre was refurbished by BBC's DIY SOS The Big Build in 2012, and The Yard Dundee opened in 2015, followed by The Yard Fife in 2016. Our vision is safe and adventurous play opportunities for all disabled children, and so The Yard continues to grow.

Last updated 17/09/2018

Contact information

0131 476 4506