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 please email kara@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk with some text and an image or call 0131 229 3555.


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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


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 the autistic spectrum experiences the world and what drives their behaviour
  • guide parents through practical strategies they can use with children
  • direct parents to relevant ASC resources
  • give parents the opportunity to meet with other parents who have had similar experiences and to gain support and learn from each other

The programme is delivered over seven, two and a half – three hour sessions which sequentially work towards behaviour management and covers a number of topics

We also regularly run siblings’ groups which offer a mix of therapeutic and fun activities. For more information please contact isabel.mclaren@barnardos.org.uk

Fit, Fun ‘n Fab

The project, for women with a learning disability in Midlothian, will run for six Thursdays at Ladywood Leisure Centre, Penicuik from

19th October until 23rd November from 11a.m. until 12.45. p.m.

Would you like to learn about:

  • Activities in your area
  • Keeping Healthy – including gentle exercise
  • Looking after Ourselves – including making health appointments and screening
  • Healthy Eating
  • Relaxation and Having Fun!

If this is something that interests you please phone the Local Area Co-ordinators, Morag Paterson on 07889 456265 or Sue Healy on 07889 456708.

Educational Entertainment for Schools

Engross Theatre company use hilarious slapstick theatre to allow young audiences to engage with tricky subjects like social etiquette, stranger danger and difference.

The company is run by Bobby and Yvonne Moore, parents to an autistic son, who has inspired their love of communicating complex social situations, through a fun interactive medium.

If your school would be interested a topic you’d like to see addressed through the power of slapstick comedy, we’d love to hear from you.

Engross are proposing theatre based autism awareness production for mainstream primary schools. Contact Bobby or Yvonne Moore for more information http://www.engrosstheatre.org.uk/


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