WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Midlothian Council’s autism strategy ‘Two Trumpets’ was developed from the personal experience of local people, parents and practitioners who spoke about what makes a difference. We want to keep conversations going about what’s available to people living in Midlothian, or happening in Midlothian – so this website will feature current initiatives. If you’d like to share an event, a support or something helpful to share … Continue reading WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

VOCAL Short Break Fund Available for Carers

Wee Break Midlothian is administering a Short Breaks Fund and Better Breaks Fund at the moment. Details about these two funds is listed below: Short Breaks Fund for adult carers and young carers.  This fund is supported through Midlothian Council and Shared Care Scotland and is designed to give unpaid carers a break from their caring role. You can apply for anything that would give you a break from your caring role, for … Continue reading VOCAL Short Break Fund Available for Carers

Thinking about Inflexible Thinking Perth, Nov 14th

Some children with ASD can have a particularly fixed thinking style. This can cause problems with accepting change, a strong sense of injustice, understanding why things happen and accepting people’s differing point of view. This can often results in an explosion of frustration! This training is to help parents look at different ways to support a child who has inflexible thinking and how to introduce … Continue reading Thinking about Inflexible Thinking Perth, Nov 14th

Introduction to Boardmaker Nov Wed 14th Nov

Boardmaker is a computer software programme that is widely used to produce visual supports for adults and children with language and communication difficulties, learning difficulties and autism spectrum disorder. This training provides advice and support on producing visual supports and a demonstration on how to create these using Boardmaker. This training aims to: Increase awareness of Boardmaker software. Describe how Boardmaker can be used to … Continue reading Introduction to Boardmaker Nov Wed 14th Nov

Proposal for Upmo autism and learning disability service in Gorebridge

Gorebridge Community Cares shared a facebook post to assess local community thoughts on a new service for Gorebridge for young adults with learning disability and autism- here’s the information. There are exciting proposals to bring a young adults with learning difficulties and autism service to Gorebridge, through a group called UpMo. The plans are still to be confirmed, but Gorebridge Community Cares are working with … Continue reading Proposal for Upmo autism and learning disability service in Gorebridge

New comedy show explores social education for kids

“Gongo Learn the Rules!” is a new theatre show inspired by Midlothian Autism Strategy created by Penicuik based Engross Theatre Company. The show is aimed at children or adults with learning disability or autism and uses slapstick comedy and audience participation to explore social routines like meeting and greeting. Young Ben loves everything Sci-Fi, like Star Wars and Star Trek, but his biggest dream of all … Continue reading New comedy show explores social education for kids

Midlothian autism and other supports

One of the things you told us in the development of the strategy was having an easy way to find out about autism supports in Midlothian. Think of this guide as a ‘work in progress’ rather than a perfect picture. We’ve divided it into adult supports, and children and family supports. Just click on the links. You can download a copy from these links. If … Continue reading Midlothian autism and other supports

My Place, My Perspective

“My Place, My Perspective is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will be delivered in partnership by Lothian Autistic Society, The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and Historic Environment Scotland. The project is funded for three years and we, ideally, would like the young people to stay for the duration of the project. Young people should be aged 11-14 at the start of the project. … Continue reading My Place, My Perspective

Archive: Our Autism Event in Midlothian Monday 26th March 2018

This event took place in March 2018 to showcase the work of the Creative Team who are exploring ways to share lived experience and positive views on autism and neurodiversity.  Join us, have a coffee, come say hello at an event to share some of the actions of the Midlothian Autism Strategy. So far we have some really interesting people connected to autism in Midlothian … Continue reading Archive: Our Autism Event in Midlothian Monday 26th March 2018

THURSDAY LIVE: Free performances for adults with learning disability/autism

THURSDAY LIVE is for adults with learning disabilities and if you need support please bring your support staff with you thanks. If you’re new to TLIVE, please let Cherry Road know you’d like to join the fun. THURSDAY LIVE, Thursdays, 2pm-3pm, Cherry Road Resource Centre, Bonnyrigg For more info contact Annabel at Artlink annabel@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk 0131 229 3555 / 07527 332 708 Continue reading THURSDAY LIVE: Free performances for adults with learning disability/autism

Saltersgate School’s ‘The Great Monkey Escape’ animation is revealed

As part of Dalkeith’s Museum’s Corn Exchange community engagement project, pupils from Saltersgate school have been developing an exciting piece of work in response to the story of the escaped monkeys from the Zoo circus in 1933 in Ironmills Park. Using newspaper articles as a starting point, the pupils have been creating drawings and images to illustrate the story and have created a short piece … Continue reading Saltersgate School’s ‘The Great Monkey Escape’ animation is revealed

Dalkeith pupils with autism to design their own youth club

October 2017 A pilot for a new project has been successful for students of Dalkeith High School who have autism to inform the design of their own youth club. A small group of students will work alongside Barnardos staff with experience of running clubs in Edinburgh and Artlink who will provide specialist activity of choice like film editing and animation. The work will focus on … Continue reading Dalkeith pupils with autism to design their own youth club

Music and Spoken Word Sessions for Older Adults: starts 24th Oct

Cherry Road’s Golden Group have started a new group which welcomes older adults with learning disability, autism or dementia to joint their stories, poems, news and memories sessions. Anyone who has their own support can join in. It’s free on Tuesdays 11-12, Loanhead Library, The Loanhead Centre, George Avenue, Loanhead EH20 9LA In association with Midlothian Council Libraries. Contact Brenda Smith Brenda.Smith@midlothian.gov.uk 0131 561 5402   Continue reading Music and Spoken Word Sessions for Older Adults: starts 24th Oct

Cygnet – Barnardos Supports for Parents and Siblings

  Barnardo’s Caern Project regularly runs groups open to people living in the Lothians. We provide Barnardo’s Cygnet service is widely recognised for its award winning parenting support programme that is now available to parents of children on the autistic spectrum aged 5-18. The programme is designed to: increase parents understanding of autistic spectrum conditions help parents develop their knowledge on how a child on … Continue reading Cygnet – Barnardos Supports for Parents and Siblings

Fit, Fun ‘n Fab

The project, for women with a learning disability in Midlothian, is looking for women with learning disability who migh be interested in a health and wellbeing exercise group in Midlothian. We ran a pilot in Ladywood Leisure centre, but are interested to hear from you, and find a good place to host it. Would you like to learn about: Activities in your area Keeping Healthy … Continue reading Fit, Fun ‘n Fab