Number 6 One-Stop Shop

Number 6 is a service for autistic adults who fit the following criteria: 16 and over, do not have a learning disability, and live in the Lothians or the Scottish Borders.


The service is provided by Autism Initiatives UK and was officially launched in June 2005, with the opening of the Number 6 One-Stop Shop.


Number 6 provides free social opportunities and 1-1 advice and support on a range of issues


Anyone interested in using the services at Number 6 should book an initial appointment to meet with Kim Maxwell, who will give you a brief induction to the resources available.


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Although the building is closed, Number 6 staff are still working and available for phone calls, emails and Skype. We have a temporary mobile number that will be available to take calls between 9:30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, so if you want to get in touch, call 07570 953 331. If we are busy on another call, then please leave a message and we will get back to you within 24 hours. Please note that if you are running low on data, minutes etc just ask us to call you back.

Staff will continue to organise appointments via email as well, and we can also use Skype if preferable. We are looking at ways of providing some of our groups remotely, and will provide an update on these on Monday 6th April.

We know that for many of you, this period of isolation will be very difficult, so please get in touch if you want to talk.


New Research Project - check out our Research page for more information

Developing Ways to Measure Depression in Autism (For folk 16-18)

Many young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience depression. Researchers from the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh are developing screening tools to assess depression in children and teenagers with ASD.

We want to interview young people with ASD and their parents about a list of thoughts, feelings and behaviours which may be related to depression. We are seeking feedback on the clarity and wording of these, as well as if they are relevant to the experience of depression in young people with ASD. We are looking to interview families with a young person with ASD:

Lothian Lockdown Project


We are a team of researchers at the University of Edinburgh investigating how the Covid-19 lockdown is impacting on the lives of residents in Edinburgh and the Lothians. We are looking for people who might be interested in sharing their lockdown experiences.

Any resident in the Lothian region is eligible to participate and taking part is easy. We ask participants to record a short video or audio sharing their lockdown experience and to answer some survey questions at the end. Each person who uploads a video or audio diary and completes a short survey will be eligible for £15 in thanks from the University of Edinburgh. Alternatively, they can choose to donate the £15 reward to a charitable organisation.

For more information about the project, the research team and how to take part, please see our website Lothian Lockdown


You can also follow us on twitter at @LothianLockdown

For any further questions about this research, please contact Dr Lauren Hall-Lew

New Group

Trans, non-binary or gender-questioning? I would like to hear from you. I am investigating the possibility of setting up a group at Number 6 for trans, gender-queer and gender-questioning autistic people and I would love your input.

If you have any ideas or suggestions about what you would like or need and how better we can help and support you please email me Morag Donnachie



The University of Edinburgh are inviting you to take part in research to share your views on friendships and relationships.


For the advert click here


You are being invited to take part in research on your experiences as a member of the Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) community with Police Scotland. Dr Karri Gillespie-Smith at the University of Edinburgh is leading this research. The purpose of the study is to provide more data and information on Police Scotland’s understanding of ASC and how satisfied members of the ASC community are with their interactions with police in Scotland.


For autistic individuals (18+): Click here


For parents/ carers: Click here


Autism-Europe would be grateful if you could disseminate the survey to autistic people and their families at your respective sites. It covers issues such as services provision, accessibility of information, provision of support and helplines, reasonable accommodation in healthcare in relation to Covid-19. The survey was designed by Autism-Europe’s secretariat with the input of self-representatives, also in cooperation with University Cambridge (AIMS-2-TRIALS WP5 Lead) and Autistica.


The survey is currently available in the following languages: EnglishFrenchGermanDutchSpanish , Italian and Ukrainian


It will remain open until May 6th 2020.


Autism-Europe has also gathered useful resources from members, partners and other stakeholders from across Europe in different languages on how to deal with the issues surrounding COVID-19. 


Please find the Survey at




This month’s Tai Chi session will take place using the online ZOOM platform, next Tuesday at 11—11:30am. The session is for any existing users of Number 6.  


Between now and Tuesday, install ZOOM onto your device ( Make sure your device has a microphone and a camera. Be aware laptops provide better visual options than tablets or phone.


To join the next session, email Andy by Monday 20th April.



If you're looking to apply for an Autism Alert Card issued by Lothian and Borders police, please email Matthew at for the registration form. Once returned to us, we will then send the form to our head office to be processed; the card will be posted out to you shortly after.

Re: Covid-19 (UPDATED: 17/2/20)

Dear Stakeholder,


In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic and Government guidance on how to minimise the spread of it, we are having to make some changes to how we provide our One Stop Shop services. As of immediate effect, we are cancelling all groups and drop-ins. This is in order to adopt ‘social distancing’ as is recommended by our Government.


We will still, at this time, be able to provide 1:1 telephone appointments. Please arrange these by contacting one of our Coordinators. If it is absolutely necessary, we will be able to provide you with 1:1 appointments at the OSS – again, this must be arranged with one of our Coordinators in advance. We will not be able to provide a service to someone who ‘just turns up’. 


I appreciate that this is a very worrying time. The uncertainty of how long these, and other measures, need to be in place for, is adding to everyone’s concern. Hopefully, by taking these measures and following Government advice, we will be able to resume our normal service soon. I will keep you updated of any changes to our approach.


Thank you, in anticipation, for your understanding.


With kindest regards,


Cathy Steedman
National Director


Neurodiversity and technology research 


Skills Development Scotland is carrying out research into neurodiversity in the Scottish technology sector. The research aims to understand: 


· The strengths, skills and capabilities of people with neurodiverse conditions and the opportunities they present for technology related employment. 


· The barriers to increasing neurodiversity in tech education and the tech workforce. 


· The experience of neurodivergent people in education, training or employment. 


The findings of the research will be used to develop a wider action plan to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the technology sector. 


We would like to speak to people with neurodiverse conditions (for example autistic people or people with e.g. ADHD, dyslexia) in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education or training OR in employment in the technology sector, to discuss some of the points above. This discussion will take place face-to-face or by telephone at a time and place of your convenience. 


If you would like to participate in this important research or find out more about it, please contact Lynsey Stewart at Strathclyde University on or 0141 444 8145.


Fundraising, Transcontinental Race 2019

And he's off.... Kris has started the Transcontinental Race 2019 this morning, Saturday 27th July. Number 6 would like to wish him well on his travels!

If you would like to keep an eye on his progress click on the link below. His cap number is 138.

click on this link to be taken to the track leaders page.


If you would like to read more about why Kris has undertaken this amazing challenge or would like to donate race click on this link.

An Auternative: A Society Fit for Autistics is a research project funded by Disability Research for Independent Living and Learning (DRILL).  


The project aims to create recommendations for overcoming the barriers faced by autistic people, challenging the prevalent stereotypes and enabling autistic people to take their place in the world.  


The research is being carried-out by an autistic-led group consisting mainly of autistic people and has an all-autistic advisory committee.  The project partners are two academics, at the universities of Glasgow (Marion Hersh) and Leeds (Sharon Elley), an assistant psychologist (Callum Watson), a university support worker for autistic students (Zyggy Banks) and three people involved in community and academic projects with autistic people (David Cowan, Michael Dawson and Panda Mery). 


We recognise the diversity of needs and views of the autistic community in looking for recommendations to improve the quality of life of autistic people.  


As part of this project we are looking for people to complete a questionnaire about their positive and negative experiences and the strategies they have used.  Follow-up research will include interviews. 


This is again voluntary.  


We are looking for autistic people with different characteristics to complete our questionnaire to capture the diversity of autistic people's experiences.  This includes non-verbal autistic people, autistic people with learning difficulties, autistic people with sensory and/or physical disabilities, autistic people from ethnic minorities and autistic people over 70.


We have received ethical approval from the Ethics Committee of the College of Science and Engineering of the University of Glasgow.


The link for the questionnaire is


More information about the project can be found on our website:

New Training Dates

Check out the training tab for the new dates for 2019


Online Survey

Ashley Robertson, Sarah Cassidy and Jacqui Rodgers are conducting research aiming to prevent suicide in the autistic community.


They have launched an online consultation. This is to identify research and policies that would help prevent suicide for autistic people. The findings will be presented at a two day meeting.


If you are interested, you can access the survey here:


The survey is anonymous. It includes (but not limited to), autistic people, family members of autistic people, clinicians, service providers, charities, policy makers, civil servants, and researchers.


This exercise is funded by the International Society for Autism Research <>, in association with the James Lind Alliance priority setting partnership <> (JLA), and Autistica <>.


The event following the survey will be independently facilitated by senior JLA advisor Katherine Cowen.


New Research Projects

Two new research projects have been added to our research page. Please click on the research tab for more information.


Book by Katherine Highland

The book launch has passed but you can still buy the book by local autistic author , Katherine Highland - Deferred Sunlight: Illuminating Ways Through the Darker Times. All funds go to the Highland One Stop Shop.


If you would like to read more about the book or to purchase a copy please click on this link to be taken to amazon.


Drop In Times (opening times)

Monday, 10—8pm

Tuesday, Quiet Drop In: 10am—5pm

Wednesday, 10am—8pm

Thursday, 10—8pm

Friday, 10—5pm (pool drop-in 3—5pm)

First and Third Saturdays of the month, 10am—4pm


Outside of these times, use of the building is by arrangement only, and people should contact a member of staff to book the use of any facilities.