People First Meeting ‘Let’s Talk About the Budget Cuts’ 21 Feb

PEOPLE FIRST (SCOTLAND) People First (Scotland) is a collective advocacy organisation for people with learning disabilities.  We are holding themed events for people with learning disabilities in Midlothian to get together to talk about issues that affect them. We would really like to hear from young people with learning disabilities too.  Come along for a cuppa and a biscuit and a chat with other people … Continue reading People First Meeting ‘Let’s Talk About the Budget Cuts’ 21 Feb

Deadline for abstracts Feb 13th for European Autism Conference

http://www.autismeurope-congress2019.com/en/abstract/ AUTHORS GUIDELINES We are now accepting submissions for presentation at the 12th Autism-Europe International Congress.  The Congress is being held on 13-15 September 2019 in Nice, France.  Click here to download authors guidelines SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT NOW! About the Congress Autism-Europe’s international congresses are dedicated to sharing advances in the practical and scientific knowledge of autism to as wide an audience as possible, including … Continue reading Deadline for abstracts Feb 13th for European Autism Conference

Alive and Singing -wellbeing group for care staff

A new singing group for current and retired health and social care workers. Relax, de-stress, have fun and make new connections with each other through song. Songs will be taught by ear in a relaxed and fun environment – no previous experience needed. All welcome! Cairngreen dayroom, Midlothian Community Hospital, Bonnyrigg Tuesdays 5.30 – 7PM  cost £5 Jan 15th, 29th; Feb 26th, March 12th, 26th 2019  ‘I … Continue reading Alive and Singing -wellbeing group for care staff

Life’s Spectrum – Dalkeith songwriter’s song about her son

Dalkeith based songwriter Vicky Haylott wrote and performed a song about her improved perspective on life as a consequence of seeing the world through her son’s eyes. ‘Life’s Spectrum’ was inspired by his unique take on the world and the frustrations around how much he is required to fit into neurotypical expectations. Vicky performed and professionally recorded the song at the Midlothian council autism strategy … Continue reading Life’s Spectrum – Dalkeith songwriter’s song about her son

Events and resources for autistic children and young people National Museum of Scotland

National Museums Scotland is committed to encouraging children and young people on the autism spectrum to visit and enjoy our museums. We now have a range of initiatives to support and welcome families with autistic children to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Read about the early doors opening, sensory backpacks and more… https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/plan-your-visit/events-and-resources-for-autistic-people/   Continue reading Events and resources for autistic children and young people National Museum of Scotland

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

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

What should we focus on next?

Midlothian autism strategy group sounds terribly official but we are a bunch of people who work in Midlothian who care about autism, and what difference we can make by working together. Some of us work in education, social care or health, some of us work in employment support or the arts. We got together because of the strategy whose biggest aim is to create practical … Continue reading What should we focus on next?

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

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

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?

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