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Tailor Ed’s East Lothian Schools Pilot Service

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Tailor Ed Foundation are pleased to announce they are expanding their services to include an East Lothian Schools pilot service, working initially with a small group of autistic children to support them both at home and at school.

Headed up by our Senior Project Worker Pete McNaughton, this project will aim to support autistic children in mainstream East Lothian primary schools access their education. We will work intensively with a small group of children identified by the local authority over 12 months. We’ll work holistically across school and home environments and with the team around the child including parents.

Our dedicated Senior Project Worker will assess and then formulate targets for each child in collaboration with school, home and other key professionals using the SCERTS framework. We’ll deliver intervention strategies directly, drawing on our expertise in evidence-based approaches for autistic children. With effective methods in place to support each child better access their education we’ll work to embed these, modelling, coaching and providing training as necessary. We will then look to fade our direct involvement and evaluate the impact of the service.

Email for more information

Ride a Bike Workgroup

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Ride a Bike Workgroup
For families referred to Tailor Ed

Again this year we’re running our workshop for parents who want to teach their child to ride a bike. This will be run by our project workers Kate and Javier.

The first session is just for parents/carers and will be on Zoom on Wednesday 13th of April at 8pm.  At this first session we will go through the practicalities of teaching your child to ride a bike and how to decide if your child is ready, as well as watching some videos of the basic exercises we will be using. If you’re not able to make this time let us know and we can book in to run through vital information before you attend one of the practical sessions below.

The practical sessions are for parents and carers and their child to practice riding a bike.

The sessions will be Sunday 24th April, Saturday 9th July and Saturday 30th July at the Edinburgh Academy Junior School grounds in Canonmills (some free parking may be available). Kate and Javier will be on hand to help you teach your child and practice the various exercises. We can provide bikes if needed.

Places on this workshop must be booked in advance as there are limited places.

To book email or speak to your project worker

Workgroup dates

  • Wed 13th April, 8pm (Online)

  • Sunday 24th April

  • Saturday 9th July

  • Saturday 30th July

Appointments will be available throughout the day to book on to

Easter Holiday Activities for Children with Disabilities

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We’re pleased to be able to share details of a range of activities, organised by various organisations, taking place in Edinburgh over the Easter Break for children with a disability. All of these must be pre-booked so please see the details below:

  • Water of Leith Conservation Trust (24 Lanark Road) – Wild Wednesday 13th of April 2-4pm, Free Session for children with a  physical disability. Parent must attend if child is in a wheelchair. Book by emailing
  • Water of Leith Conservation Trust (24 Lanark Road) – Wild Wednesday 20th of April 2-4pm, Free session for children with social and behavioural needs. Parent is not required to stay. Book by emailing
  • Yard Family Sessions -Running through the Easter Holidays, Morning Session is 11.30am-1.30pm and afternoon session is 2.30pm-4.30pm. Free No sessions run on Good Friday or Easter Monday. An adult must stay for the session. To book a slot please email
  • Braidburn Swimming – Make sure you are on the distribution list to attend the Family Swims at Braidburn. Contact
  • Spartans ASN Football camp – Junior Soccer School Holiday Camp (5-9yr old) – Each session is £25, 1st session Thursday the 14th and 2nd session 21st of April. You can book one session or both. Runs 10-12.30pm. If you would like more information before booking please email
  • Spartans ASN Football camp – Senior Soccer School Holiday Camp (10-15yr old) –  Each session is £25, 1st session Thursday the 14th and 2nd session 21st of April. You can book one session or both. Runs 1.30pm-4pm.If you would like more information before booking please email
  • Gold and Gray – Football Camp over Easter register by clicking the link and scrolling down to the ASN Course

Mental Health Sessions and Workshops Survey for Parents and Carers

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There’s a range of initiatives underway to help address gaps in services for families across the city. Tailor Ed is keen to ensure that the needs of families of autistic children are considered and inform service developments and so we’ll share with you news and opportunities to have your say. We have work underway with partners Barnardos and Autism Initiatives on a new offer to help support the mental health and wellbeing of neurodiverse children and young people which we hope to be able to share with you soon.

In addition, Jillian Hart, Development Officer for Parent & Carer Support in the Department of Schools and Lifelong Learning, City of Edinburgh Council has created a survey to help capture need and inform service planning around mental health supports for parents…

If you are a parent or carer who cares for a child or young person with emotional wellbeing or mental health issues, we would be grateful if you could complete this survey to share your views.

This survey is being carried out by a working group of professionals who wish to develop and increase the availability of mental health information sessions and courses for parents and carers. Gaps in the support available for families in this area were highlighted during a large Family Support parent and services consultation exercise during COVID 19. Members of this group are from The City of Edinburgh Council Parent and Carer Support and Psychological Services Teams, Health in Mind, One Parent Families Scotland, The Junction, VOCAL and CAMHS. The views gathered in the survey will be used to inform future developments.

Please follow the link below to complete the survey before the 17th Of February 2022.


Mental Health Sessions and Workshops Survey


If you wish any more information on the survey please contact Jillian Hart or Paulina Szach

Online Event for Leisure & Activity Providers – Friday 4th February

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Disability Strategy Group –

Providers Event for Children with a Disability

This Event is open to all providers of Leisure Opportunities and Short Breaks for children in the Edinburgh area.  If you would be interested in learning more about offering inclusive classes & opportunities for children with a range of additional support needs, including Autism, ADHD and physical disabilities, then please register to attend this free Event.

The Disability Strategy Group, who are a group of service managers from Edinburgh City Council, the NHS and third sector representatives (including our Tailor Ed Project Manager Roo), have organised a virtual event on FRIDAY 4TH FEBRUARY for providers of short break and leisure opportunities for young people in and around Edinburgh. The Event is to address the gaps in the support that is being offered to children with a disability, and the aim of the event is to offer a space for providers to come together to hear the feedback from parents on what is needed and to look creatively as how we can take this forward.

Friday 4th February 2022, 10am – 11.30am (Online)


Please register to attend this event at:



Work with us – two new roles in the Tailor Ed Team

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Tailor Ed Foundation are now recruiting for two new positions, one within the Early Years Team and a second in our new Community Mental Health Project.

Applications for both roles are open until 12th January 2022 – please see links below for full job descriptions and Application Forms. Please feel free share these adverts with anyone who might be interested in or suitable for these positions!

Project Worker – Early Years Team

  • Salary: £25,650
  • Hours: 35 hours per week, specific days/hours to be negotiated   
  • Location: Edinburgh and East Lothian
  • Closing Date: 12th January 2022
Click here for Details & to Apply

Project Worker – Community Mental Health Project

  • Salary: £25,650 pro-rata
  • Hours: 15-20 hours per week, specific days/hours to be negotiated   
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Closing Date: 12th January 2022
Click here for Details & to Apply

Christmas 2021

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The whole Tailor Ed team would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! We will be taking a break from Thursday 23rd Dec – Wednesday 5th Jan however please see details of our fun Christmas activities below.

Christmas Party – 3pm Wed 22nd December

We will be hosting a short online Christmas party again this year. If you would like to join the party for some fun Christmas games and activities, please let your Project Worker know by Friday 10th Dec or email us at so we can send your child and their siblings a party bag full of fun items to bring our virtual party to life! We’ll also include a timetable of events so you know what to expect.  Be assured festive versions of our favourite games will feature, there’ll be a wee break for some party food and even a ‘special visitor’ at our Christmas party!

Circle Time

During school holidays, you can join us to start the day at Circle Time, each weekday at 10 am. You can join the group from 9.45am. If you want to request the Zoom link to join circle time,  or if you need any help accessing this or have any questions then please contact us on

Date for your Diary – Join us for a Parents Games Night on Thursday 6th January at 8.30pm!