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Number 6 is a service for autistic adults who fit the following criteria:

  • 16 years old and over
  • Formal autism diagnosis
  • No learning disability
  • Resident in Edinburgh, Lothians or Scottish Borders.

We accept self-referrals and third-party referrals for those with an autism diagnosis who wish to access our post-diagnostic services. If you would like to make a referral please email and we will organise an initial appointment via phone/video call or in person at Number 6.

Support for Adults

We have been running a diagnostic service in some areas since 2019 however we cannot accept self-referrals or GP referrals to this service. If you would like to pursue an autism assessment then you must ask your GP to refer you to your local NHS mental health team (or CAMHS for under 18s).

For diagnostic enquiries please contact us.

Autism Diagnostic Service

Staff working within the Number 6 One-Stop Shop are available for 1 to 1 appointments to discuss a range of issues. Appointments are limited to three sessions to develop strategies for specific situations and areas of difficulty.

Typical issues that arise in 1 to 1 appointments are:

Employment – including finding and maintaining employment. Support may be given for the application and interview process, as well as discussing difficulties that arise in the workplace.

Housing – including support with housing applications (e.g. Edindex) and advice on financial or other issues that may help to maintain a tenancy.

Benefits – including letters you have received, new applications and support for appeals/tribunals.

Problem solving support can also be provided in the following areas: Education, Mental Health and Relationships.

Please visit the main Number 6 website for staff contact details. If you are not sure who to contact, please email us.

1 to 1 Support

Number 6 run drop-in sessions on the following days & times:

Tuesdays 1-7pm
Thursdays 1-7pm
Fridays 1-5pm

Service users are welcome to drop into the building during these times to use the computer room, kitchen and any meeting rooms that are free. The pool room will also be available for use on Friday afternoons.

Staff will be largely unavailable during drop-in times so if you need help with a specific issue, please contact us to arrange an appointment.

Please note:  you must be registered with Number 6 to use our drop-in – if you are not yet registered, please contact us to arrange an initial registration appointment.

Drop-in sessions

We are grateful that we have amazing volunteers who are active throughout the Lothians, and provide support to many aspects of our work, the main areas being:
Befriending – meeting someone on a one-to-one basis and enjoying regular social activities.
Social Groups – supporting a small group to enjoy socialising in the local community.
Special Interest Groups – supporting social interaction and expression through creative arts (e.g. a music or painting group).

In addition, we also use volunteers to support our quiz nights, film nights, pool evenings, games group, relaxation group and walking group. We also have volunteers who help out with our Saturday drop-in days. There are new social events starting all the time, so new volunteer opportunities are always available contact us to find out more


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Could you benefit from accessing services at Number 6?

If you, or someone you know, is in need of help and support, or would benefit from taking advantage of the support we can offer at Number 6, please get in touch and someone at Autism Initiatives will be able to advise on your next steps.

It completely changed my life. It helped me understand myself and self-manage, which resulted in me relying less on NHS services. It has helped me navigate the bad days

'Jo' who accesses support at Number 6