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


Todays Thursday Discussion Group

Unfortunately the group will not be running today due to staff sickness. It will be running as usual next week. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Photography Group, Thursday 20th, 6 - 8pm

For October, the photography Group will be heading out to Calton Hill to photograph Edinburgh by night. We will be focusing on the silhouettes created by Arthur Seat, the Craggs as well photographing Princes Street from the east end.

Meet at Hill Street at 6pm to head up with the Group to Calton Hill.

West Lothian Cinema Group, Friday 21st October

This month we are going to see Inferno, directed by Ron Howard. Starring Tom Hanks, Ben Foster and Felicity Jones.hen Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Due to the running time, including trailers, being 2hours 30 minutes we are going to go to the 11am showing.

Meet Stew outside the Vue Cinema at the Almondvale Shopping centre at 10.45am.

The Wellbeing Mela, Sunday 23rd October, Out of the Blue Drill Hall

There is a free family event happening on Sunday 23rd October from 1 - 4pm. You can enjoy music, dance, basket-weaving, henna, Chinese paper-folding and complementary therapies.

There are free 30 minute workshops in Tai chi at 1.45pm, Hula hooping at 2.25pm and a Laughter Workshop at 3.05pm.

Out of the Blue Drill Hall is based at 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

New 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.

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 Monday 17th October. Meet Rachel at Pizza Hut at 5pm in Livingston Centre.

Stew is running a cinema group on Friday 21st October. The film will be decided a few days beforehand so please keep an eye on here or on our Facebook page.

If you would like to take part in either of these activities or would like more information please contact Rachel McRitchie.

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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October Calendar Click Here

October Newsletter Click Here