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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 Please see information about What is On for families in North East Edinburgh over Dec 18 & January 19 Whats-On-for-Families-North East Edinburgh 2018-19.pdf

New  Autism Focus Teen Triple P Group  Mon 28th Jan- 1st April 19   1-3pm  at East Neighbourhood Centre, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DS This group is suitable for parents/carers who have a child aged 11-16 years who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Social/ Communication difficulties and is registered to attend mainstream education in Edinburgh. This group will be delivered by Educational Psychologists who will guide parents through the Teen Triple P programme taking account of the needs of young people with ASD. 

Applications can be made by completing an online application form Please state on the application you are applying for the Autism Focus group. Info for Parent Carers of teenagers.pdf

New  Triple P courses are starting at the beginning of 2019 across the city for parents/ carers of 3 to 6 year olds and parents/carers of 6 to 11 year olds. Applications can be made via  You will be contacted directly to be offered a suitable place as soon as one has been identified. Triple P Venues Dates from Jan 2019.pdf                  Teen Triple P Venues - 2019.docx  

Wellness Wednesdays -New group for parents and carers delivered by the YMCA.pdf 

New  Scottish Government launches Best Start Grant in Dec 2018 .  See leaflet for  details about this, eligibility and how to apply.    Best Start Grants launches Dec 18.docx.  

New  See leaflet re family events for children affected by Speech, Languague & Communication difficulties running across the city  Family Pop INs at local libraries.pdf

New  Autism Friendly Play Session (Open to all children with ASN)Tailor Ed are running their  regular autism friendly play session at Time Twisters  on Wednesday November 28th from 4pm-6pm. Time Twisters is at Unit 5, Catalyst Park, 2B Bankhead Drive, Edinburgh EH11 4EJ.  These sessions are closed to the general public but siblings and friends are welcome to attend. A member of Tailor Ed staff will be present at these sessions. These sessions cost £5.25 per child (adults enter for free)

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

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  See flyer for information about drop in Groups for young mums at Gate 55  Young Mums Group - Gate 55.pdf

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

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 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 activitities                                                            

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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