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?

Autism Events Pilot for Glasgow European Games August 2018

Autism Network Scotland and the Autism Resource Centre in Glasgow have been collaborating with Glasgow 2018 on the forthcoming European Games which are coming to the city from 2nd – 12th August to support an autism aware pilot in a range of sporting venues. For the pilot, we have been allocated a restricted number of tickets across 2 or 3 sessions on a couple of … Continue reading Autism Events Pilot for Glasgow European Games August 2018

MeAT up Socials July 7th and 8th

Just a reminder that we have two socials happening next weekend in Edinburgh and West Lothian! On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July join us for a picnic as part of our ‘mEAT UP’ events! Edinburgh: Saturday 7th July 1pm-3pm – mEAT UP, Picnic in The Meadows, Edinburgh. Bring your own food, enjoy a picnic, and meet new people. West Lothian: Sunday 8th July 1pm-3pm … Continue reading MeAT up Socials July 7th and 8th

Biodanza Inclusive Dance Wed 11th July

I teach a type of dance called Biodanza, which means Dance of Life, which originates from South America and have been doing classes at Garvald Centres in Edinburgh for the last 16 years and at Mayfield for the last 2 years. I also do classes at the Columcille Centre in Morningside (since 2012) and have done some events through Get2gether.   I am attaching information … Continue reading Biodanza Inclusive Dance Wed 11th July

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