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November 2018 Newsletter


Hello and welcome to our November Newsletter.      Below you’ll find information on…

  • Tailor Ed News
  • Millar’s ROARsome progress
  • Upcoming events

Tailor Ed News

SCERTS training

At the end of September the team attended the Scottish Government funded 2 day training on SCERTS.  Many ASN schools in Edinburgh have also received this training which provides a framework and guidance on supporting children with autism.  Feel free to ask your Project Worker if you’d like to hear more about it.


Thanks to all those who have been involved in raising funds for us recently.  The big event was of course the Edinburgh Kiltwalk.  Between them Tailor Ed staff and families raised an incredible £6504.68!

If you’d like to take part in an event you can check out our calendar of events:
http://tailoredfoundation.co.uk/fundraising-events-calendar-2018/ and let us know if you’re taking part by emailing fundraising@tailoredfoundation.co.uk

Online Christmas shopping?

Now you can offset any guilt about excessive amazon orders by knowing that 0.05% of your spend will be donated to us.  Just follow the link below and then shop as normal.


ROARsome Progress

This month we’d like to share with you the amazing progress Millar has made, beautifully described by his mum Pauline…

“Tailor Ed have been a part of our family for over two years now, I say family because we have developed a lovely relationship and consider Callum to be a very important part of our particular story.  Our son Millar, whom many of you may know, is 11 years old and has autism.  The biggest difficulty this causes Millar is in his relationship with food due to severe sensory issues. Imagine the worst food smell you can and then multiply that by 100 and you might get a slight sense of how he would feel many times throughout the day.  And it’s not only the smell of food – it’s the taste, its touch and even the sight of it can be hard for him to cope with.  This made everyday life stressful for all of us and as you can imagine he had a very limited diet.  Millar would only take liquids, mainly milk and some yogurt.  Since his diagnosis in 2009 we have had a few specialists come into our home and try their best to assist with his dietary needs but sadly unsuccessfully.  Tailor Ed came in with an approach that started with play and Millar responded so positively.  I’m not saying it has all been a breeze, it has been very trying at times and required lots of thinking out the box. But Callum’s support has been unfettered, always encouraging and just a text, email or call away.  Skip forward to the present day and we now have a child who can sit at a table with people eating and manage his sensory issues beautifully.  He helps us with cooking, can play with food and make a huge mess and most importantly he can now eat small pieces of apple, banana, orange and strawberry and has extended his very rigid diet to include custard and many flavours of yogurt. As a family we can eat out together and this means the world to us.  Tailor Ed have helped with communication too (along with many, many other issues), so not only can we go to restaurants now but Millar can now order for us too! We do have a long way to go but Tailor Ed have shown us there is a light at the end of the tunnel.” 

Callum and the team are incredibly proud of Millar and the progress he’s made.  He’s really pushed himself to tackle this challenge and shown great resilience.  Pauline has worked incredibly hard to develop Millar’s skills and confidence around new foods and we’re delighted they can both enjoy the benefits of this truly roarsome progress.
 If you’d like to join Team Tailor Ed and support our work with children like Millar click below.


Coffee morning (Open to all parents of children with ASN)
Aliki will host our coffee morning on Thursday November 29th from 10am until 12.  This will take place at the Well café  (at the Methodist church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX).  Tracey Francis, Transitions Officer for Contact in Scotland, is coming to explain what you need to be thinking about once your child has started secondary school, and how to get ready for the next stage in their lives.  http://www.contact.org.uk/

Autism Friendly Play Session (Open to all children with ASN)
Our regular autism friendly play session at Time Twisters will run on Wednesday November 28th 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 and 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.

Workgroup – Keeping Your Child Safe Online (For Tailor Ed families)
This workgroup will be delivered by Callum over 2 sessions on the 15th & 29th of November from 10am till 1pm at Tailor Ed’s office (11 Maritime Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6SB).

The first session will explore all the different ways your child could be accessing the internet as well as looking at the benefits and risks of going online. This has been designed by Becky Dunn and Colin Brownlie (Child Exploitation and Online Protections Ambassadors within City of Edinburgh Council). The second session will discuss practical ways to discuss staying safe online with your child.

Email contact@tailoredfoundation.co.uk to book your place.

Early Years Service Family Get Together (For Tailor Ed EY Families)
We’re organising our second meet up for families accessing our Early Years Service.  This event will be on Saturday 24th of November 2pm-4pm at Broughton St Mary’s, 12 Bellevue Crescent. 

Aliki, Pete and Kate will be organising games and activities for the whole family to take part in; weather permitting there’ll be games indoors and out but we’ve lots of space inside for parachute and bubble fun if it’s a bit wintery.  There’ll be teas, coffees and snacks available and a chance to chat with other families.

Mum’s night (For Tailor Ed mums)
Mum’s nights are informal relaxed gatherings providing a chance to meet with other mums who are raising a child with autism. Our “Christmas” Mum’s night will take place on the 22nd of November at 8pm at the Royal Dick in Summerhall.  If you would like to attend or be added to our mum’s mailing list, please email our Project Worker Aliki who is organising the event at aliki@tailoredfoundation.co.uk

Dads’s Christmas Curry Night (For Tailor Ed dads)
Pete and Callum have begun organising the Christmas Night for our Dad’s group. At the suggestion of some of the dads who came along to our last social night, we will go out for some curry and then to a pub.  We will then be in touch with more details about the night, including venue and cost.

  If you would like to be added to our dad’s mailing list, please email pete@tailoredfoundation.co.uk. These are informal relaxed gatherings and a chance to meet with other dads who are raising a child with autism. A chance to enjoy a drink, as well as a catch up with Tailor Ed Project Workers.

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