What do we do?

In partnership with parents/carers, education professionals, health professionals and other agencies we aim to:

– Increase awareness and understanding of various difficulties and their impact on children’s progress

– Highlight practical strategies which can help make learning easier for children so that each child with additional support needs can be helped to reach their full potential.

How do we do this?

We support our members by holding coffee mornings, evening meetings, workshops and presentations. Members also have access to our extensive library of books which cover subjects such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, autistic spectrum disorders, anxiety, attention deficit disorders, teaching strategies, psychology and anger management. We have a dance lesson every other Saturday in term time for children with ASN and individual sessions of fun and sporting activities for children with ASN and their siblings.

We encourage people interested in our activities to become members. Membership of SCILL is free and on joining you can select which communications you wish to receive from us. Most members chose to be emailed our newsletters which contain information on our events, useful information and details of other activities, products or strategies that our members want to share. One-off children’s activities such as sessions at Transition Extreme climbing wall are very popular and details are emailed to members.

Our part-time administrator’s post is funded by the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the National Lottery Community Fund and the Stafford Trust. Other recent funders are the Robertson Trust and the Miss Agnes H Hunter Trust. Our children’s activities are supported by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, Arnold Clark and Run Banchory.

For Adults

Enjoy chatting to other members over a cup of coffee and browse our extensive library of books. These sessions are a chance to speak to others dealing with similar issues.

We understand that many parents/carers and professionals are at work through the day so we also offer evening support sessions.

In our workshops we explore ways to help in more detail with groups of 8-20 people. Past workshops have included supporting maths skill development, dyslexia, emotional literacy and anger management.

Our past work has included inviting professionals to give presentations to audiences of up to 200 people.

Activities for Children with ASN

 We offer relaxed dancing lessons with the emphasis on fun for children with additional support needs.

Each term we offer other activities such as visits to the climbing wall at Transition Extreme or visits to Cocoa Ooze for children with ASN and their siblings. Members are emailed when activities are available.

Read more about dancing

children dancing holding scarves.


We have an extensive library of books which are free for our members to borrow.

Read more about the library