Number 6 One-Stop Shop

Number 6 is a service for autistic adults who fit the following criteria: 16 and over, do not have a learning disability and live in the Lothians or the Scottish Borders.


The service is provided by Autism Initiatives UK and was officially launched in June 2005, with the opening of the Number 6 One-Stop Shop.


Number 6 provides free social opportunities and 1-1 advice and support on a range of issues


Anyone interested in using the services at Number 6 should book an initial appointment to meet with Kim Maxwell, who will give you a brief induction to the resources available.


Drop In Times (opening times)

Monday, 2—8pm

Tuesday, Quiet Drop In: 10am—5pm

Wednesday, 10am—8pm

Thursday, 2—8pm

Friday, 12—5pm (pool drop-in 3—5pm)

First, Third and Fourth Saturdays of the month, 10am—4pm


Outside of these times, use of the building is by arrangement only, and people should contact a member of staff to book the use of any facilities.


Latest News

Number 6 Closed

Please remember Number 6 is closed from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July for staff training. This does mean there are no groups or drop-ins running throughout that week. We are open again on Saturday 27th July 10 - 4pm for our usual drop in. We will be checking emails and voicemails at some points during the week but won't be able to respond quickly unless urgent.

Photography Group

Due to Number 6 being closed for staff training for the week Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th July, inclusive, the Photography Group has moved to Tuesday 30th July. For July the photography group will be heading up to Fountainbridge to walk along and photograph the scenery, houseboats and wildlife on the Union Canal. Meet at Number 6 at 12pm to walk up to Fountainbridge. All welcome.

Bus Group Trial, Friday 19th July

Please meet at Number 6 at 11am. We are planning on getting the number 1 bus on Princes Street. We will try to get the 11.36 bus to the end of the route in Clermiston, Drum Brae. Graeme will then walk with the group up Clermiston Road North to Queensferry Street to catch the number 41 to Hanover Street. Depending on the time the group may want to carry on the 41 route a bit further but they can decide on the day.

The group can discuss on the day how they would like to group to run and we can think about the plan for the next trip.

An Auternative: A Society Fit for Autistics is a research project funded by Disability Research for Independent Living and Learning (DRILL).  


The project aims to create recommendations for overcoming the barriers faced by autistic people, challenging the prevalent stereotypes and enabling autistic people to take their place in the world.  


The research is being carried-out by an autistic-led group consisting mainly of autistic people and has an all-autistic advisory committee.  The project partners are two academics, at the universities of Glasgow (Marion Hersh) and Leeds (Sharon Elley), an assistant psychologist (Callum Watson), a university support worker for autistic students (Zyggy Banks) and three people involved in community and academic projects with autistic people (David Cowan, Michael Dawson and Panda Mery). 


We recognise the diversity of needs and views of the autistic community in looking for recommendations to improve the quality of life of autistic people.  


As part of this project we are looking for people to complete a questionnaire about their positive and negative experiences and the strategies they have used.  Follow-up research will include interviews. 


This is again voluntary.  


We are looking for autistic people with different characteristics to complete our questionnaire to capture the diversity of autistic people's experiences.  This includes non-verbal autistic people, autistic people with learning difficulties, autistic people with sensory and/or physical disabilities, autistic people from ethnic minorities and autistic people over 70.


We have received ethical approval from the Ethics Committee of the College of Science and Engineering of the University of Glasgow.


The link for the questionnaire is


More information about the project can be found on our website:

New Training Dates

Check out the training tab for the new dates for 2019



Online Survey

Ashley Robertson, Sarah Cassidy and Jacqui Rodgers are conducting research aiming to prevent suicide in the autistic community.


They have launched an online consultation. This is to identify research and policies that would help prevent suicide for autistic people. The findings will be presented at a two day meeting.


If you are interested, you can access the survey here:


The survey is anonymous. It includes (but not limited to), autistic people, family members of autistic people, clinicians, service providers, charities, policy makers, civil servants, and researchers.


This exercise is funded by the International Society for Autism Research <>, in association with the James Lind Alliance priority setting partnership <> (JLA), and Autistica <>.


The event following the survey will be independently facilitated by senior JLA advisor Katherine Cowen.


New Research Projects

Two new research projects have been added to our research page. Please click on the research tab for more information.


Book by Katherine Highland

The book launch has passed but you can still buy the book by local autistic author , Katherine Highland - Deferred Sunlight: Illuminating Ways Through the Darker Times. All funds go to the Highland One Stop Shop.


If you would like to read more about the book or to purchase a copy please click on this link to be taken to amazon.


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