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.


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The group met in November and decided that in December they would like to watch Prometheus, then discuss the film afterwards. The group will meet in the Training Room at 1pm.

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

STUDY - Investigating the experience of university life of students with autism (you must have attended university for at least one year)

'My name is Sarah Ashford-Smith and I am a 4th year Psychology student at Heriot Watt University. I am inviting you to take part in a study I am carrying out which is investigating the experience of university life of students with autism and students who have developed typically, attending UK based universities.

The study uses a questionnaire which includes; information about yourself, how you spend your time at university, your application to university, your adjustment to university life, your experience of lectures, the support at your university and how you feel about your course. The student experience questionnaire has 7 sections and you will be asked to complete 3 additional short questionnaires to control for mood and personality characteristics.

The study will take approximately 70 minutes to complete and there will be an option on the online survey to save it so that you can return to complete it as I recognise that this survey may take some time. Participants can be of any age and gender and we are looking for English speakers/readers.

You also do not need to have a particular type of diagnosis of autism. The only request is that you have attended university for at least one year. If you would like to take part in my study please email me on: or if you would like to contact my supervisor with any questions, instead of myself, then please email Dr Mel McKendrick:

Scottish Parliament Apprenticeship Programme

Number 6 would like to inform any one between the ages of 16 to 24 about a Scottish Parliament Apprenticeship Programme. Number 6 is planning to take anyone who would like to attend the open day as part of a group. If you are interested in attending as part of a Number 6 group please email or telephone 0131 220 1075 and ask to have your name put on the list. We need to arrange group attendance in advance so please tell us as soon as possible.

For more information please go to Scottish Paliament

Or on Twitter: @ScotParl #SPApprentices or on Facebook: scottishpaliament


Apologies for the delay in getting a date confirmed for the Snooker Competition.

Date: Saturday 29th November 2014, Time: 11am till 4pm, Location: The Ball Room (Previously called The Newyorker)at Jock’s Lodge, Entry Fee: £4.50

Contact Stew or Kim asap to confirm your entry.


Research is being undertaken into autism and anxiety. The link below is for a short survey, which asks questions about the impact of anxiety and what, if anything, has helped people with autism to manage their anxiety. If you are, or have been, affected by anxiety, and you want to take part, then click the link below. If you want to discuss this further before getting involved, then you can email or call Matthew Day - 0131 220 1075 or



We are looking for some feedback from those who use Number 6, their families and/or any relevant professionals so that we can look at how the service is currently used, what people have achieved through Number 6, and how we can improve on what we provide.

The link below will take you to a survey monkey site, and the survey shouldn’t take long to complete.


Thank you in advance.


The annual Hairy Haggis Relay is nearly upon us. On Sunday 25th May, 3 teams of 4 will be running 26.2 miles which is split in to 4 legs and each runner running one leg. The teams are doing this to raise money for Number 6. This fundraising event helps us to continue running our regular groups but it also helps us to run extra trips and events during July and August.

Please click on the link below if you would like to donate a little something. Thank you in advance!

Click Here


In relation to the information provided in the February newsletter about Project Search, please be aware that only people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are resident in the City of Edinburgh council region and have a diagnosis of being on the autistic spectrum are eligible. We hope this information clarifies eligibility criteria.


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