The Yard Fife

An adventure play service for disabled children, young people and their families.
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.

Getting here

The Yard Fife is in temporary, shared premises in Kirkcaldy.

Argos Centre

Appin Crescent

Kirkcaldy

KY2 6EJ

Opening times

We are open to our members for drop-in family sessions on:

Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm

Sundays from 10.30am to 4pm

There is no need to book for our family sessions.

Membership

Your first visit is free. Please come and try it out to see if The Yard suits your family. If you would like to keep coming to The Yard, we ask you to become a member, either with a visiting membership or regular monthly payment. Find out more about our membership options.

You can use your membership for The Yard at all three of our sites – The Yard Fife, The Yard Edinburgh and The Yard Dundee.

           

We are open to our members for drop-in family sessions on: Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm Sundays from 10.30am to 4pm There is no need to book for our family sessions.

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We are open to our members for drop-in family sessions on: Saturdays from 10.30am to 4pm Sundays from 10.30am to 4pm There is no need to book for our family sessions.