The Saturday Club

What is The Saturday Club?

The Saturday Club service offers families with children with additional support needs daytime respite, every second Saturday, all year round! The club provides children and young people with an opportunity to access community activities and venues whilst improving their social and emotional learning through play.

At The Saturday Club we aim to:

  • Provide a safe and secure play environment in which children and young people can flourish as individuals
  • Promote inclusion through developing group and social skills, and supported integration into mainstream activities and settings
  • Facilitate an environment to provide children and young people with the opportunity to develop age appropriate play skills
  • Provide parents, siblings and carers with a break from caring
  • Actively work with parents and carers to complement existing care profiles, establishing a more complete assessment of needs

In West Lothian, the Saturday Adventure Team runs with two groups. The first is for children aged 5-8, while the second is for those aged 9-17, with the groups meeting on alternate weeks.

In Edinburgh, The Saturday Club has recently been relaunched as a pilot project, with plans to increase the number of spaces available in the future (to be reviewed in 2017).

Who is The Saturday Club for?

The Saturday Club is open to children and young people, aged 5-18, with an ASD diagnosis or with diagnoses of a similar nature. We can accept new members with a varied range of care needs.

We can offer one-off taster sessions for your child to attend before you commit to signing up for an extended period of time (currently available in Edinburgh).

Where is The Saturday Club held?

In Edinburgh, The Saturday Club meets at:

Leith Academy, 20 Academy Park, Edinburgh, EH6 8JQ, from 09:30 – 15:30

In West Lothian, the Saturday Adventure Team meets at:

Quigley House, Craigshill Road East, Craigshill, Livingston, EH54 5DT, from 10:00 – 16:00

What is the cost?

Enquiries on costings should be made directly to the office for The Saturday Club in Edinburgh, while enquiries regarding the Saturday Adventure Team in West Lothian should be made to the Child Disability Service. All contact details can be found below.

How can I get my child involved?

If you live in Edinburgh, simply contact the office at office@lothianautistic.org and we can send you a referral form to complete, or for information on possibly attending a taster session contact Craig Bell, Care & Support officer on c.bell@lothianautistic.org.

We receive referrals for the Saturday Adventure Team in West Lothian directly from the Child Disability Service. If you live in West Lothian, contact the Child Disability Service at Livingston Social Work Centre on 01506 282 252 or via email at socialwork@westlothian.gov.uk to register your interest.