Number 6 One-Stop Shop

If you would like to make a referral please email and we will organise an initial appointment via phone/video call or in person at Number 6.


Number 6 is a service for autistic adults who fit the following criteria: 


·         16 and over

·         Formally diagnosed with autism

·         No additional learning disability

·         Resident in Edinburgh, 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.


We accept self-referrals and third-party referrals. If you would like to make a referral please email and we will organise an initial appointment via phone/video call or in person at Number 6. Autism Diagnostic Service


We have been running a diagnostic service for individuals resident in Edinburgh since 2019 however we cannot accept self-referrals or GP referrals to this service. If you would like to pursue an autism assessment then you must ask your GP to refer you to the NHS mental health team (or CAMHS for under 18’s). We are able to accept referrals from professionals within the community mental health team (including psychiatrists, psychologists and CPNs).


For diagnostic enquiries please email:


Engagement Event - Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodiversity Bill

Date: Thursday 21st July @ 5.30pm. Location: 22 Hill Street (next door to Number 6)

As part of the Scottish Government’s work to develop options for the coverage, powers and language of the Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodiversity Bill (including the introduction of a commissioner), they are running a series of engagement events with stakeholders to gather initial responses and to help understand what needs to be included in the formal and more detailed public consultation on the Bill.

It is particularly important for them that this Bill reflects the needs and views of the full range of people with lived experience whom it could cover. As such, they want to make the public consultation on the Bill as inclusive and accessible as possible.

With this in mind we have agreed to host an engagement event on 21st July at 5.30pm in our new building at 22 Hill Street. This a chance for you to come along, hear about the proposed bill from a government representative, and to express your views on the bill itself and whether a commissioner is the right way forward.

More information on the bill and commissioner can be found using the link below:

  • Click Here

  • Please email Stew at Number 6 to let us know you are planning to attend.

    Service Information

    Due to the ongoing Covid situation, Number 6 staff are working partly from home and partly from the office. We are not taking calls on the landline however we are available on 07570 953 331 Monday to Friday 9:30am – 5pm. If we are busy on another call, then please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also email us with enquiries at



    Service Update (4/4/2022)

    Please see the Monthly Calendars tab for our latest calendar. The calendar lists all of the groups and activities that we are currently running and an explanation about how to get involved. From Tuesday 12th April, we will be running drop-in sessions again on the following days & times:


    Tuesdays 3-7pm Thursdays 3-7pm Fridays 1-5pm Service users are welcome to drop into the building during these times to use the Computer Room, Kitchen and any meeting rooms that are free. The Pool Room will also be available for use on Friday afternoons. Please note that staff will be largely unavailable during drop-in times so if you need help with a specific issue, please contact us to arrange an appointment. Please note that you must be registered with Number 6 to use our drop-in – if you are not yet registered, please email: to arrange an initial registration appointment.


    Best wishes,


    The Number 6 Team



    If you're looking to apply for an Autism Alert Card issued by Lothian and Borders police, please contact any member of staff for the registration form.