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


New Shared Accommodation Availability

Autism Initiatives has some shared accommodation in the Bingham area of Edinburgh. We have a property with five bedrooms, and the plan is to rent out four of the rooms, with the other being a sleepover room for staff.

If you are interested in living in shared accommodation with the availability of sleepover support (and daytime support options), then Cathy Steedman (AI Director for Scotland) is holding an information session between 2-4pm on Monday 27th June, in the art room at Number 6.

If you are interested in attending, you can come along on the day, or discuss it beforehand with Ant or Matthew.

West Lothian Groups

We are going to start running a couple of extra groups in West Lothian. Please see below for the details and let Rachel know if you would like to take part;

Friday 24th June, Cinema Trip Please meet at the main entrance to Vue cinema in the shopping centre at 1.30pm. We have decided to see Independence Day Resurgence at 2pm ends at 4.20pm. Tickets cost 8.99 for an adult, 7.79 student, and 7.49 for 18 and under bring more for snacks.

Monday 27th June, Dinner Please meet at Nandos, Almondvale Phase 3, West Lothian, Livingston, EH54 6HR at 5pm

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.

Royal Highland Show, 23rd June

One of our service users, Ra, has helped raise some money for Number 6 through the design and sale of our 2016 Number 6 One Stop Shop Calendar and he has suggested that we use the proceeds of the calendar sales to subsidise a trip to the Royal Highland Show on Thursday 23rd June.

Tickets to the Royal highland Show are normally priced at 22.00, or 19.00 for a concession, however we would look to reduce the price of the tickets equally per person using the money that has been raised from the 2016 Calendar.

As we will need to book the tickets before the end of May can I ask anyone who is interested in coming along to the Royal Highland Show to please contact Stew or Kim by 18th May.

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

Your Views

Our acting National Director, Cathy Steedman is keen to hear your views on a variety of areas. Please Click Here

for more information.

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 January to April 2016

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Photography Group Agenda 2015

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Monday Girls' Group Calendar

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