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Care Inspectorate - Read our most recent Care Inspection Report - carried out March 2017  InspectionReport- March 2017.pdf where we were awarded a Grade 6 "Excellent" for the Quality of the Care and Support we provide.

New Firsthand Lothian Parent and Carer Group This new parent led group encourages you to join other parents and carers for a Coffee and Chat on Wed 3rd of October 10 – 12am at Costa Coffee at 39 Haddington Place EH7 4AG (Leith Walk). See flyer FHL Parent Carers Group - 3rd Oct 18.docx

New See  VOCAL's programme of workshops and events for Carers running Oct - Dec 18  VOCAL - Events Calendar - Oct to Dec18.pdf 

New  See flyer for details about a Building Confidence course for Women which will be running at Goodtrees from 25th Sept 18 Confidence course for Women at Goodtrees.jpg

New See flyers for information about a wide range of groups for parents/carers who have children under 5's - Leith and North East Edinburgh 

New  Tailor Ed Foundation, who support families raising children with autism, are launching a new Early Years Service for families with a child with a diagnosis of autism, living in The City of Edinburgh.  Providng 12 months of support to families to teach their child the most essential skills they need in day to day life, focussing on communication, daily living skills such as toileting, and “learning to learn” skills such as listening to instructions and play skills.

They are currently  taking referrals from families who have children aged 4 - 5 who have  have a diagnosis of autism.  For more information and a referral form please email Fran at

New Follow this link for Tailor Eds directory of  activities on in Edinburgh over Summer 2018

New  Information about courses for Parents with children  aged 2 - 5years - see flyer Incredible Years - for 2-5years North East Edinburgh- Oct 2018.pdf 

New Are you a parent or carer of a disabled child or young person, or a child with additional support needs?
  Do you want to meet other parents and carers?
· Explore opportunities around support?
· Increase your confidence to ask for the support you need?
· Find out about practical information, resources and who to ask for more help? 
LCiL are running workshops on Tues 23rd October 2018 10.30am – 2.15pm  See flyer for further details Getting it Right for your Child October 2018.docx

New  Restalrig Community Hub runs various activities over the week for parents, toddlers and young people. See flyer for further details Restalrig Community Hub Activities - Ripple Project - March 18.pdf

New  ENABLE Scotland has started a youth program, running on Thursday evenings from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm during term time and based at Braidburn School. The group aspires to create a space for young people to have fun, to connect with each other, and also to support them to become active and empowered in their community.

There are 2 different ways young people can get involved:
As a Youth ACE Member – for those aged 14-18
As a Peer Supporter – for anyone aged 14-25 who wishes to volunteer and help other young people. 

New ASN Softplay Sessions at Tumbles Portobello. Weekly softplay sessions for children with additional support needs at Tumbles Softplay Centre in Portobello. Every Saturday afternoon, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm these sessions have been designed to provide an inclusive service for children with additional support needs and appropriate for families of children with additional support needs, e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sight and Hearing Impairments, Global Developmental Delay, and Genetic Disorders.

Siblings without additional support needs are very welcome to attend the sessions too.

Lothian Autistic Society currently have spaces in their upcoming Edinburgh Saturday Club taster sessions.  The Edinburgh Saturday Club currently runs from Leith Academy on a fortnightly basis for children and young people aged 5-17 on the autistic spectrum.
Sessions run from 09:30-15:30. If you would like to enquire further about prices, session plans and availability, please contact or telephone the office on 0131 661 3834. Spaces are limited so get in touch as soon as possible

The Royal Commonwealth Pool  is offering new weekly softplay sessions for children with additional support needs Within Clambers softplay at the Royal Commonwealth Pool they've created a specific session for children with additional support needs.
These sessions have been specifically designed to provide an inclusive service for children with additional support needs and appropriate for families of children with additional support needs, e.g. Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Sight and Hearing Impairments, Global Developmental Delay, and Genetic Disorders.The Sessions will take place every Wednesday morning from 9am-10am at our Clambers softplay, Royal Commonwealth Pool

Clambers offers opportunities for all children to have an amazing adventure with carefully designed baby, toddler and junior zones.

There's a comfortable cafe with uninterrupted views serving quality coffee with tasty (and healthy) treats for both parents and kids.

Siblings without additional support needs are very welcome to attend the sessions too. We want the whole family to be able to play and get active together.

Sessions are priced at £1.10 for children aged 0-11months, £4.20 for children aged 12month-3years, £5.20 for children aged 4years and up

Polish Family Support Service has moved to B5, 17-19 Smith’s Place, Edinburgh, EH6 8NU. Direct access to their office is from the back of the building.  Their telephone number 0131 281 0429 or 07404 633 415 or contact them on

This project is targeted at Polish families with children who recently came to Scotland offering psychological and advocacy support as well as support groups in local schools, support meetings and consultations for parents. More information about the project can be found on their website:  English - 
Polish -
Their website with regular updates can be found at

Smart Play Network -  have a look at their Play Ideas videos on You Tube.    There are so many interesting and fun things to do you won’t know where to begin!  You can find out how to make anything from a bird feeder to a wind twirler and also learn how to cook by a candle!

Families with children with speech, language and communication difficulties  - there is a new online tool for parents - PICCI. You can have a look at this at into your web browser.

Clown Around  - Soft Play -  Restalrig Road. Provides a more      friendly environment for families who have children with ASD and a chance to speak with other parents in similar situations. The soft  play has a wonderful sensory area and trampolines. Siblings welcome. Runs on the last Friday of every month 4.30pm-5.30pm - Costs £4.00 a session

Edinburgh Project SEARCH® helps people with disabilities who want to work full-time.  If you are 16–24 years old and living in Edinburgh, it could be for you. Call 0131 529 3139 or email  See info leaflet for more detals Project-SEARCH.pdf

The Drop In’   is a city-wide fun packed activity for families with a child/young person aged 0 - 18 years old with a disability and their siblings who live in Edinburgh. This is an Edinburgh Council service and is taking place in 4 local community centres across Edinburgh every Saturday for 2 hours Please click here for further details Drop In - Information Flyer.pdf

Scottish Autism has launched a new programme for parents with children with Autism. To find out more go to

Free Nursery and Child care places for 2 year oldsCertain children are entitled to receive up to 600 hours of free early learning and childcare during the school year.  From August 2015  the criteria has been widened for two year olds who are eligible for 600 hours of early learning and childcare.Early learning and childcare for two year olds will be available for children who meet the criteria in certain establishments in Edinburgh.  Specific information for professionals and parents and carers in Edinburgh has been developed.   For further information please visit: 

Other useful links............

Feniks is a  Polish organisation which runs a  group for mothers and toddlers called “New Mums Get Together” They meet at Tynecastle High School Community Wing on Wednesdays between 2-4pm. If anyone would like to participate please  contact via email  or

The link in Polish is:

Talktime Edinburgh are a new charity who are offering  a free counselling service for young people in and around Edinburgh aged 12-25 with physical disabilities. They are based at Norton Park just off Easter Road and have availability at the moment for new clients. There is a video of their  clients talking about the benefits of counselling on the home page of our website:

Upward Mobility - works with young people transitioning into            adult hood to promote self -confidence, creative expression and        the building of friendships. They provide an extensive range of            workshops and activities.                                                            

Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living - Visit their website.

CarersNet Edinburgh and Lothian - Visit their website.

Keys For Learning - Provide ABA Assessment and Programmes for families in Scotland

ABA Scotland - Provide ABA Assessment and Programmes for families in Scotland

Potential source of  funding for individuals / families go to :-

 Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Family Grants  Marvellous Family Grants are for families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness. They provide support to help families cope, from respite breaks and counselling to hospital travel expenses.


















































































































































































































































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