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Welcome to our campaign page.

What has happened

After 8 years of support, our core funder has decided not to continue funding us. As a small and independent charity we simply can’t absorb this loss. As we are an intervention based service working with children with complex needs, we need some funding secured in to the future to responsibly take on new families.Our previous Lottery grant finished at the end of October and we are currently running on our reserves. These reserves will run out at the end of March 2018. We will have to close our doors if we are unsuccessful in securing the funding we need.

Why Tailor Ed’s Services are so important

To date Tailor Ed has supported 317 families raising a child with autism in Edinburgh. We do practical, direct work with children teaching them vital daily living skills such as learning how to communicate, increasing independence, keeping themselves safe and learning to learn.

There is no other service in Edinburgh that works within the family home, simultaneously skilling up both the child and their family. There is no other service that works on the areas we target as a preventative measure, rather than waiting until families are in crisis. There is no other service holistically supporting families with target based work and social supports to ensure that families are included in their local community.

Demand for our service is such that in July 2015 we closed to new referrals in order to work through our extensive waitlist. With a large multi-year core grant, we had hoped to reopen referrals to our services to work with more families in Edinburgh and to do so needed to increase our staff team and raise £280k per year for the next three years to ensure that we deliver and maintain a viable service.

If we abandon plans to recruit, with 7 staff can reach 300 families across the next 3 years at a cost of £215,000 per year

Current situation:

Dear all,

It is with great relief that we can share that Tailor Ed will remain open for the foreseeable future.

The response from our Tailor Ed families, friends, local businesses, politicians and funders has been truly incredible and as a result we’ve secured sufficient funding to feel confident about the year ahead and have plans in place to increase our financial security in the longer term.

On behalf of the Tailor Ed Team we need to thank all who contributed to this outcome in so many creative and constructive ways.  There’s still much work to do and be assured that our work on fundraising remains constant even if our efforts are now less visible than during the last few months.  We’re also very conscious that whilst it’s important Tailor Ed remains open, there are still a great many families we’re yet to reach. Over the coming weeks we’ll be announcing changes to our services to maximise what we can achieve with the resource we have available.  We know it won’t be enough and again, please be assured that we’re doing all we can to address this.  But thank you for ensuring that we’re here and have so much to build from.

With love,


Shows of support

Edinburgh Evening News article 11/1/2018

Third Force News article 12/1/2018

Tailor Ed Family set up Crowdfunding Appeal

Third Force News Article mention 23/1/2018

Daniel Johnson backs Tailor Ed

Kezia Dugdale backs Tailor Ed

Edinburgh Evening News article 5/2/2018

Tailor Ed Families  make an Appeal

Edinburgh Evening News article 12/3/2018

Twitter #SaveTailorEd


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