Number 6 One-Stop Shop

Number 6 is a service for adults (16 and over) with High Functioning Autism (HFA) or Asperger Syndrome (AS) who live in the Lothians and the 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.

There are now three distinctive strands within Number 6:
One-Stop Shop (providing free social opportunities and 1-1 advice and support on a range of issues);
Outreach (funded packages of 1-1 support);

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


Latest News


Saturday Drop In, 24th September

As part of the doors open day event Lothian Buses are running a vintage bus day. The service 16 will include some of their vintage buses. They will be running from Lothian Road to Newhaven.

Please meet at Number 6 at 10.30am. The group will walk along to Lothian Road to meet one of the vintage buses. We will travel to Newhaven then change and jump on a different vintage bus back.

We will aim to be back at Number 6 by around 1pm.

New Employment Website

A new a non-profit website has been produced, which helps individuals with disabilities obtain a job.

The main goal is to help promote the values and attributes autistic individuals can bring to a business or organisation, that may not have been initially obvious.

There are over 700,000 individuals living in the UK with autism, however, it is estimated that only 15% of those have jobs. For businesses, this is a massively untapped market, that we would like to shine a positive light on.

Please click here for more information.

West Lothian Groups

Our groups are running on Tuesday 13th September which will be a cinema trip. Maff will be running this group and the film and time will be decided a few days before.

Rachel is running a social group on Monday 26th September. She has planned for the group to meet at Polkemmet Country Park at 12pm. The group will meet at the Courtyard Cafe at 12noon. They can have a bite to eat and then have the option of going for a walk around the park or visit the Owl centre. If you would like to take part in either of these please let a staff member know.

Please contact Rachel McRitchie if you would like to take part or would like more information.

New Study

We have just added a new study on our research page. Click on the research tab on the left hand side of this page.

Understanding and Working with Adults with Asperger Syndrome Course

This course is for NHS and local authority professionals from Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders regions who have a direct involvement with Adults with Asperger Syndrome, including Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Therapists, Nurses, Social Workers.

If you would like more information Click Here

Autism Network Scotland Survey

Autism Network Scotland are currently conducting a survey of autistic people, their families and carers to find out about their awareness and interactions with the Scottish Strategy for Autism and its accompanying website and newsletters.

Please follow this link to find out more information and complete the survey: Click Here

RaNaissance 2016 Calendars

The Number 6 2016 RaNaissance calendars are now available to purchase! The 2016 calendar, as well as all the artwork included in it, was designed and created by one of our service users. Ras artwork is developed from the strict use of straight lines a technique that he mastered in the foothills of the Himalayas.

The calendars are priced at 4.50 each and we have a limited supply, so dont delay, contact a member of staff at Hill Street and reserve your copy today!!

Research Projects

There is a new research project available. Click on the Research tab on the left of this page to find out more about the project.

Art Group Calendar July to October 2016

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Monday Girls' Group Calendar

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Wednesday Girls' Group Calendar

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September Calendar Click Here

September Newsletter Click Here

October Calendar Click Here

October Newsletter Click Here