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.


Drop In Times (opening times)

Monday, 2—8pm

Tuesday, Quiet Drop In: 10am—5pm

Wednesday, 10am—8pm

Thursday, 2—8pm

Friday, 12—5pm (pool drop-in 3—5pm)

First, Third and Fourth 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.


Latest News


Tuesday 22nd October 2019


Meet at Hill Street at 11.30am.


For October, we have decided to re-visit Lochend Park and Loch, which is a public space in Edinburgh that has a variety of wildlife and historic buildings.  We will be travelling down to Lochend by bus (approx. travel time – 20 mins), meet at the slightly earlier time of 11.30am at Hill Street.  


If you are interested in coming along, or require more detail please email Stew on


Kindest regards.



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.