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Question & Answers
What dates are we moving?
The proposed dates to move are:
Links House – 6th May 2019
Duncan Place – January 2020
Swanfield - early next year, Planning and funding dependant.
Will Art stay at Links House?
No, we hope that Art will move to Duncan Place
Where will the new Yoyo Café be?
Will there still be a fashion workshop?
Yes, fashion will be based at Links House initially and then move to Duncan Place.
Will there be lifts in the new premises?
Yes, there will be a lift in each of the new premises.
Where is the music workshop going to be in the new premises?
Are we going to have new cooking workshops?
Cooking workshops will continue at St Margaret’s House and then move to Swanfield. Cooking currently runs in every available slot Monday to Friday, but the Links House move will create more space in most workshops if you are interested in cooking.
How will iMuse/Sensory sessions run in the new premises?
iMuse/Sensory will be located at St Margaret’s House initially. Everyone who already has a slot has been offered a workshop based at St Margaret’s House so they can still attend if they wish to. The iMuse will move to Links House eventually.
Are students going to be in the same building all day?
Initially yes. Grant and Coordination are working hard to put together timetables for every student. Case managers are currently speaking to all students regarding their suggested plans.
What is going to happen to transport?
Transport and travel - there are plans to update parents asap via case managers with regards to the impact of the timetabling changes on transport for the student(s) they care for. Meetings with East Lothian council and Transport Hub regarding students affected are in process.
What buses can I get to the new buildings?
All the new premises are located in walking distance from each other in the Leith area; they are all on major Edinburgh bus routes.
Constitution Street- No.16
Duke Street - No. 21, 25, 34, 35, 49
Easter Road – No.1
Junction Place – No. 7, 10, 14, 21, 34, 36
When can we visit the new building at Links House?
Students and parents will not be able to visit until the work is complete and this will likely be end April/early May.
What is going to happen to the lunch service?
Lunches at Links - You will need to bring a packed lunch or you can eat locally, or in the café in neighbouring Great Michael House.
Can students have taster sessions there?
Unfortunately there isn’t much time for us to arrange taster sessions but if students really feel they need these, we can look into it.
Will there be quiet rooms?
In all the new buildings there will be designated quiet spaces.
How can I have my son/daughter learn the new route as they self-travel?
The planning team and case managers are putting together packages for the transition and will be working with councils to arrange travel training.
Progress update and site visit images.
Why don’t you consider working at one of our Yoyo cafés. It is a great way to learn new skills that can lead to employment opportunities.
Please get in touch if you interested in being part of the Parents and Carers Fundraising Committee
We are recruiting project workers to join the Upmo team.
Edinburgh Leisure customer feedback survey.
Hoodies now available in green and black and new branded reusable coffee cups.
Live Music Event to launch Upmo’s new Campus
Have a look at our new range of branded merchandise; including hoodies, t-shirts and beanie hats.
Come to Scotland to celebrate a Future4All. Glasgow is hosting the World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Upmo's very own skater-girl, Life, took part in the 26-mile Sk8athon in August to raise funds to help support our activities.
Upmo’s East Lothian community gardening project has had another successful season, with lots of delicious fruit and veg. Even the caterpillars got a feed.
On Sunday 16th September the Edinburgh Kiltwalk took place, we are very proud of everyone who took part including our very staff members Gina, Grant, Aaron, Steven and Claire.
Check out some fantastic pictures from the recent FasionABLE 2018 event…
Watch our great video from FashionABLE 2018 - and be inspired.
Steven was inspired by Upmo students to take part in the Kiltwalk. Find out what he likes best about working with us.