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April 2018 Newsletter


Hi all,

 We have an array of events coming up for all. You do not have to have a Tailor Ed referral to access these events.

  • Tailor Ed Coffee Morning and Evening
  • Autism Friendly Play Sessions
  • Autism Friendly Quiet Hour at Hard Rock Café

We also have information on the new Carers Act and how you can support us with regular giving.


Tailor Ed Coffee Morning

This month our coffee morning theme will be the updates to our own services. We want to tell you about our extended consultation service for our existing referrals and discussing the launch of our new Early Years Homebased service for preschool children.

Join us on the 3rd of May from 10am to 12pm at The Well Café, Nicholson Square.

This event is free but is ticketed. To book please go to the Eventbrite link. We hope to see you there.


If you are unable to join us during the day then please find a link to our evening session on the 3rd of May at 6pm at Southbridge Resource Centre, 6 Infirmary Street EH 11LT. Booking is essential.



Autism Friendly Play Session


Our regular autism friendly play session at Time Twisters will run on Wednesday April 25th from 4pm-6pm. Time Twisters is at Unit 5, Catalyst Park, 2B Bankhead Drive, Edinburgh EH11 4EJ.

 These sessions are held to create a less busy play session for children and families who may find it difficult to access mainstream provisions.  These sessions are closed to the general public but siblings/friends are welcome to attend.

A member of Tailor Ed staff will be present at these sessions.

These sessions cost £5.25 per child (adults enter for free). For families who want to attend but need help with the cost, we have a small budget available for this. Please email contact@tailoredfoundation.co.uk for a form.


Quiet Hour dining at the Hard Rock Café

Following on from the success of the pilot Autism Friendly Dining Sessions, the Hard Rock Café are running more autism friendly dining sessions.

On Sunday the 29th of April the Hard Rock Café will open for a Quiet Hour from 11am until 12.  Numbers are limited so it won’t get too busy and the restaurant is closed to the general public for this time.  Music will be quieter, there will be space for children to move around and an area to relax in if required.  You are able to pre-order food (and drinks) to avoid waiting.

Families are also welcome to bring their own food, cutlery etc. if that will help their child enjoy the experience.

Space is limited so booking is essential. A £5 deposit is required at the time of booking.

Tel. 0131 260 3000 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)


Carers Act (2016)

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 finally came into effect on the 1st April.  This is a significant landmark for unpaid carers and we are keen to ensure that they are fully informed about the new rights and responsibilities introduced by this legislation. Please see this link to access an online toolkit to help you. This has been produced by Shared Care Scotland, on behalf of the National Carer Organisations (NCO), to help facilitate clear, accurate and consistent communications on the Carers Act.

The toolkit contains a ‘jargon buster’ – a glossary of terms used in the Act and the accompanying guidance.



Join Team Tailor Ed

In consultation with families we launched Team Tailor Ed last year to contribute to our annual fundraising target. Given the current financial climate, the need to increase our fundraising is important to our sustainability. This is our preferred method of encouraging families and friends to donate regularly rather than instating a mandatory membership fee. Our voluntary contribution scheme means that families can opt to donate regularly whatever they could afford.

As a part of Team Tailor Ed and pledging to give us a regular donation from £5 upwards, you would be helping us to continue our work with families.

To sign up please visit our webpage and encourage family members and friends to join too: http://tailoredfoundation.co.uk/donate/team-tailor-ed/

In this current financial climate, the need to fundraise is more pertinent now.

Any amount would make such a huge difference to us and we are so grateful for all of your support.

Best wishes from all at Tailor Ed

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