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October 2019 Newsletter

It’s October and only a month until our 10th birthday which we’re looking forward to celebrating with you all.

Below you’ll find info about the events we have planned as well as some truly inspirational ROARsome progress from Toby.
Pete’s Kiltwalk
Pete completed the 24 mile challenge at the Kiltwalk in September alongside his wife Shelley and his sisters.  It’s not too late to show your support for their great achievement and make a donation…


Money raised is topped up by 40% so it’s the best value giving opportunity around. 
Toby’s ROARsome Progress

This month Toby was keen to share the fantastic progress he’s made with the essential life skill of taking medication.  Below Toby and his mum Anthea share their story…

 “Toby was suffering from painful lumps in the top of his mouth. The recommended treatment is 2g of Evening Primrose Oil a day for 3 months. As Toby had never swallowed tablets of any kind before we tried the straight oil but Toby complained of the taste and also the texture. We sought Tailor Ed’s help in getting Toby to take capsules. Callum used social stories to establish a purpose then started Toby off with sprinkles, silver cake balls, mini smarties eventually working up to jelly beans. As these are actually bigger than the capsules Toby found swallowing them no problem! As always Callum was patient and went at Toby’s pace, keeping everything fun and pressure free. They have built up such a good relationship over the years and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have TailorEd on our team.” Anthea, Toby’s mum.

 “The idea of swallowing anything was scary at first but the alternative, having to take a spoonful of oil every day, was worse. Callum was a great support along with my family in helping me through this task. Now I can swallow my 4 capsules without really thinking about it! Yeah me!” Toby.

Callum and the team are so impressed with how Toby took on this challenge.  The effort Toby has put in now will help ensure his health needs can be met without any further stress. Well done Toby!

October Events

Summary of events
All featuring birthday cake
Tuesday 29th October – Mums Night
Wednesday 30th October – Time Twisters Afternoon
Thursday 31st October – Coffee Morning
Friday 1st November – Dads Night
Saturday 2nd November – Community Cinema Morning

Saturday 9th November – 10th Birthday Party

Mum’s nights 
For all mums raising a child with autism
Mum’s nights are informal relaxed gatherings providing a chance to meet with other mums who are raising a child with autism. Our next event is Tuesday 29th of October at the Joker and the Thief on Elm Row from 7pm until 10pm (feel free to drop in anytime you like).  Martha and Eva will be there and first drinks and pizzas are on us!

For more information please free to contact Eva on eva@tailoredfoundation.co.uk or on 07851 472191.
If you would like to be added to our mum’s mailing list, where we set dates and plan what to do for events please contact Eva on the details above.

Autism Friendly Play Session
Open to all children with ASN
Our regular autism friendly play session at Time Twisters will run on Wednesday October 30th from 4pm-6pm. Time Twisters is at Unit 5, Catalyst Park, 2B Bankhead Drive, Edinburgh EH11 4EJ.

Sessions are closed to the general public but siblings and friends are welcome to attend. A member of Tailor Ed staff (usually Pete) will be present at these sessions and runs a few group games for those who wish to take part.
Please be assured that there is extra upstairs seating available where numbers will be limited to ensure it’s a quieter space for those who need it.

These sessions now cost £2 per child (adults enter for free). 

***Please note there will be some Halloween decorations up at Time Twisters for their Halloween Party.  If anyone attending would like to dress up then feel free. Time Twisters Staff will be organising some optional Halloween activities such as dooking for apples during this session ***

Coffee Morning (NEWish LOCATION)
For all parents and carers raising a child with autism

This months coffee morning will focus on school placements.  It will take place on Thursday 31st of October 10am-12pm.  We hope to be joined by an Educational Psychologist from City of Edinburgh Council who can provide clear information on the processes involved. 
 You’ll find us at Starbucks inside Cineworld at Fountainpark.  There’s free 4-hour car park and with bus services 1, 34, 35, 300 just outside and services 22, 30, 10 and 27 only 5 minutes away.

Coffee is on us!

For more information or suggestions please free to contact Martha on martha@tailoredfoundation.co.uk or call her on 07742 603750.

Dads’ nights 
For all dads raising a child with autism

For Tailor Ed’s 10th birthday, Callum and Pete have booked a table at Brewhemia (1A Market Street, EH1 1DE) at 7pm for some drinks and live music on Friday the 1st of November. The first drink will be on us!

We also join the Newsroom quiz on the third Thursday of the month so the next one will be on the 17th of October and then again on the 21st of November. Feel free to get in touch with Iain if you plan to head along (iain.mackenzie@gmail.com).

These nights are an informal opportunity to meet with other dads who are raising a child with autism. If you would like to ask us about our dads’ nights, feel free to get in touch with Pete (pete@tailoredfoundation.co.uk) or Callum (callum@tailoredfoundation.co.uk).

Leith Community Cinema – ASN friendly screening
Open to all children with ASN

The screening will be on Saturday the 2nd of November, at 10 am at Pilrig St Paul’s Church (1B Pilrig St, Edinburgh EH6 5AH).

We thought it would be great to have your say on what you would like to see. We have put together 4 options: Toy Story, Toy Story 4, The Lego Batman Movie or Aladdin (2019)
Vote here for the film that you would like to be screened. The poll will close on Monday the 14th of October.

The screening will be quieter than usual cinemas and lights and volume can be adjusted according to the needs of the children attending. Children are free to stand up, have fun and play with sensory toys while the film is on. 

Callum from Tailor Ed will be there and if you need more information regarding the screening feel free to contact him on callum@tailoredfoundation.co.uk or on  07980 533 185.

10th Birthday Party
Invitations to follow to the families we’ve been lucky enough to work with over the last 10 years.
In the meantime please save the date.
Saturday 9th of November, 2-4pm.

And if you’d like to give us a wee birthday gift…

The best gift for any independent charity like ours is to sign up to regular giving to help ensure a predictable income in to the future so we can continue our work with families.  

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