Upmo are hiring!

Upmo is a charity operating in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian, providing support and opportunity for adults with learning difficulties, autism, and additional support needs.

Every week, we encourage our students to build confidence, use imagination and develop life skills through music, drama, art and other expressive and physical activities.

We are currently recruiting for full time, part time and relief Project Workers to work across our services based in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian.

The role includes supporting students in workshops and working one to one with students, and facilitating workshops. The role also involves supporting people with personal care, as and when required.

To download an application pack, visit: https://www.upmo.org/work/

Upmo is a Living Wage Employer; the rate of pay for this role is £9 p/h.

A Sense of Belonging by Chloe

A Sense of Belonging is a beautifully written and heartfelt piece by Chloe, who attends the Midlothian Project. She very eloquently describes what attending Upmo means to her;

High school for me was a bit of a social minefield one which I could never really navigate no matter how hard I tried. I always knew that I was different from the other girls my age but I never really understood why which often left me feeling confused and frustrated. I often wondered why I wasn’t ‘normal’ but now I ask myself :

What is normality?

In itself this question seems easy to answer but is it?


I’ve recently started attending Upmo which is a service for adults with Autism and learning difficulties. To be honest Upmo is anything but normal but that’s part of the reason I love it as it means that there’s never a dull moment and there’s always new memories to be made.

Take today for example – We’re all doing our separate jobs in our cooking workshop and one of the staff members says that she wants to be a goat which makes us all laugh. Many people may find this to be a bit odd but at Upmo everyone just sees this as another amusing moment.

There are many reasons why I love going to Upmo. One of the many reasons I love going is because at Upmo I can be myself and the group accept me for who I am. They don’t ask me to be overly sociable or to talk more as they accept that it may take me a while to come fully out of my shell which I appreciate as I like to do things in my own time. Occasionally I have been able to join in with the conversation or the laughter which for me makes me happy as it’s nice to feel included and I feel it has helped me progress socially as well. 

I often wonder what the best way to describe my relationship with everyone at Upmo is 

Are they acquaintances or friends?

The truth is they’re more than that to me – They’re my crazy Upmo family. 

At Upmo we support, protect and care for each other just like a family would. If one of us has a bad day then we help the person through it and we move on. 

It doesn’t change our opinion of each other. We’re able to have a laugh with each other and keep things playful but we know when to work hard as well. Overall I just love spending time with everyone at Upmo as they make me feel happy and I feel like I’ve found where I belong.

I guess over the last few months I’ve begun to realise that there’s no such thing as normality and I’m slowly learning to accept my differences instead of trying to hide them. 


After all :

We’re humans not Chameleons



Yoyo Cafe Healthy Living Award


Huge well done to the team at Yoyo Café Leith Victoria for achieving their Healthy Living Award.

This is fantastic accomplishment and recognition for all the hard work and and efforts by the team over the last two years. The Yoyo Café continues to flourish scoring the highest feedback in a recent Edinburgh Leisure survey of all their cafe facilities. Congratulations!

Upmo Campus Q&As

IMG_0335 2.jpg

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. 

Links House: 

No. 12

Constitution Street- No.16 

Duncan Place: 

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.