We donate £5 from each booking fee to charity. This year our chosen charity is the very magical The Yard. The Yard is very close to our office just off Eyre Place. Visiting The Yard itself is a unique and dynamic adventure experienced every year by more than 2,000 children and young people with disabilities from across the East of Scotland.
The Yard has a reputation for turning the mundane into the magical, and their success is rooted in a culture that relies on the ingenuity and drive of creative staff and a humbling commitment by parents, carers and children to each other. Their vision is to create opportunities for fun, friendship and adventure for disabled children from across Scotland.
The Yard is open 360 days a year, seven days a week. For children and young people with disabilities, one of the greatest barriers to enjoying life is loneliness and social isolation. What they do at The Yard helps to end some of that social isolation and supports them to make friends and have fun. It’s also a life saver for the parents and carers who get respite and support from The Yard.
‘Without The Yard I would be lost and unable to cope with everyday life. I can quite honestly say that your preschool sessions are a lifeline. My son, Jamie’s, diagnosis of Autisitic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged four helped us understand his very challenging and often violent behaviour but it meant that I became isolated as friends with children refused to visit. From the outset The Yard staff understood Jamie’s needs and let him be himself. He can paint, bake, dressup, play chase, dig in the sandpit and ride a tricycle in this relaxed and supportive environment. Coming to The Yard means that I’m a better mum to my two kids.’