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

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


Cinema Group, Saturday 16th March
 

This week we have decided to change venues and visit Vue at the Omni Centre. We are going to see the 1.30pm showing of Captain Marvel. Please meet at Number 6 at 12.15pm and we will leave at 12.30pm to walk along to the Omni. There will be a chance to have lunch before we leave. Tickets will cost £5.99 but you will need extra for drinks and snacks. The film lasts just over 2 hours which means it will finish around 4pm so we will not be coming back to Number 6.


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 https://anauternative.uk/questionnaire.

 

More information about the project can be found on our website: https://anauternative.uk/

 
New Training Dates

Check out the training tab for the new dates for 2019

 

Words That Carry On Survey

Words That Carry On want to fund some research into autism and personality disorder. They are conducting a survey to find out what kind of research people with lived experience of autism and /or personality disorder would like to see conducted.
 

WTCO are currently trying to gather feedback from the autistic community through the survey below.
 

The survey closes on the 15th February 2019.


Online Survey

Let us know what you think. You're opinion is crucially important! We are evaluating One Stop Shops across Scotland, and it would be helpful to get as much feedback as possible.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SPPB2JR

 

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: https://tinyurl.com/y75k5p3q

 

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 <https://www.autism-insar.org/page/PolicyBrief>, in association with the James Lind Alliance priority setting partnership <http://www.jla.nihr.ac.uk/> (JLA), and Autistica <https://www.autistica.org.uk/>.

 

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

 

 

Training Room

Unfortunately the Training Room is out of action until further notice. We will try to create a Quiet Room where we can and some groups may need to be cancelled.

 

Please speak to a staff member or check our Facebook, website or whiteboard each day for more information. We are really sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 

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.