Thank you for visiting our website. Telfie Central is part of the Redwoods Caring Foundation and provides a range of daytime activities for people in the Edinburgh area with learning disabilities.

The Redwoods Caring Foundation (Redwoods) is a registered Edinburgh-based charity (SC013566, company number 125367), and was initially established in 1986 by a local church to meet the needs of a specific group of vulnerable people within the community.We provide day services from our base near Portobello called Telfie Central. Our approach is always to work in partnership and consultation with other professionals to enhance the quality of life and support for people in Redwoods.You can see Telfie Central's latest Care Inspectorate Report HERE.

From our base in the east of Edinburgh, near Portobello, we offer a wide range of projects and activities, including:NEW SHOOTS
– Gardening in our allotment
– Growing food and flowers
– Discovering and looking after garden wildlife and the environment
– Creative expression with visual arts and crafts
– Visiting galleries and exhibitions
– Putting your own work on show
– Planning and preparing great food
– Enjoying staying active
– Exploring ways to express who you are
– Finding out what it means to care about yourself and others
– Enjoying our sensory zone
– Access to music and drama therapies
– Discovering what is going on around you
– Letting people know what is important to you and others
– Getting involved in helping other people

We do lots of fun and interesting things at Telfie Central. Have a look at some photos below. If you click on a photo, it will become larger and hide the other photos - just click on the X at the top right hand side of the page to come back to the gallery.

We welcome all enquiries. Please contact us on 0131 669 4817 or complete the enquiry form below.

How about GDPR?We have asked for personal information from you. This information is necessary for one of the reasons specified in the General Data Protection Regulation.For more information, please read our full privacy notice HEREIf you have any concerns, please contact us using the details provided in our privacy notice.

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If you are looking for great activities and some company during weekdays why not think about joining us at Telfie Central?We are a small community of people supported by friendly staff. Each of us can get involved in planning what we’d like to do, usually in small groups.Some groups go out into the community in our minibus or on public transport and some groups do their activities at the Centre. It depends on which day you come along but there is lots of variety in what we do.You can also do a Borders College course at our centre that staff will help you with. There are lots of subjects that you can choose from to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

- Staying active and getting fitter.
- Cooking and eating good food.
- Through Art, Drama, Craft, Music

- We have an allotment close by where we grow vegetables, fruits
- Going out to visit places of interest and fun
- Going to the library, shops and cafes near by
- Getting involved with organising events in Redwoods
- Keeping up with local, national and International events and news

If you would like to come and see for yourself please phone 0131 669 4817 to arrange a visit.

Telfie Central has been offering a varied programme of person- centred day activities to people with moderate learning disabilities for over 30 years. It is a lively and friendly place catering for individuals who prefer a smaller community setting but who also enjoy being out and about in small groups. You can read our latest Care Inspectorate report HEREWe aim to provide a place to come where people can become part of a friendly and caring community whilst also developing their interests and skills.The range of activities we offer come under 4 main headings:- Living Well: this can include staying active, cooking and shopping, eating well, health and well- being, building self- worth and living well alongside others, enjoying music and access to music and drama therapies.- The Blossom Studio: this is our art and craft studio where people can blossom in their creativity and if they like people can visit art galleries.- New Shoots: This is our gardening group who work in the community allotment nearby.- Connecting with Life: This can include building communication skills, being understood and understanding others, being an active citizen and following local and national events. People can earn how Life works and build their own life skills.We also have staff trained in administering Borders College courses, and these are great not just for enjoyment and satisfaction, but for developing people's interests and life skills in a structured way. (see the photo at the top of this page).If you would like to come and see for yourself to find out more please contact the manager to arrange a visit…….

‘Telfie Central’ is the centre-based day service of The Redwoods Caring Foundation situated in the North East of Edinburgh. Our service offers day activities to adults with learning disabilities.Activities and opportunities are organised in the context of a community and so there are significant benefits to individuals that go beyond the confines of each specific activity.The service outcomes we aim to provide are:
- that Telfie Central is a place where our Service Users have a sense of belonging, community and friendship.
- People are given opportunities to make choices….to express themselves ….explore their creativity…. learn new skills.
- This enables people to **grow in confidence, self- esteem and independence. **
Within each group activity there are opportunities to achieve positive outcomes for individuals as expressed in the Keys To Life document. We take a holistic approach to developing opportunities within the context of a safe environment and with the support of well trained, caring and committed staff. When an individual requires 1:1 support this can be facilitated, subject to funding, either within a group setting or not as preferred.The range of activities we offer are grouped into four main themes:- Living Well: includes staying active, cooking and shopping, eating well, health and well- being, building self- worth and living well alongside others. We also offer access to music and drama therapies.
- The Blossom Studio: includes expressing creativity, developing skills, visiting art galleries and exhibitions, exhibiting work.
- New Shoots: includes gardening at the near-by allotment, learning about food from soil to plate, planning and organising.

- Connecting with Life: includes communicating with others, being understood and understanding others, active citizenship, enjoying events in Edinburgh, Involvement Group, developing life skills, learning about how LIFE works.

Activities are not solely centre based. Most groups go out into the community to access services and opportunities. Where possible Service users are involved in deciding and planning what they would like to do. Where this is not possible staff will offer ideas based on their knowledge and understanding of people’s interests, consulting with families and carers as needed. Staff are responsive to the reactions and responses of those service users who cannot communicate verbally and will work with them to find what is most meaningful to them. We have staff trained in administering Borders College courses, and these are great not just for enjoyment and satisfaction, but for developing people's interests and life skills in a structured way.We have a 9 seater minibus which enables service users to access local amenities throughout the year. Those who can, and like to, are supported to use public transport as well.For enquiries about availability, our rates, or general questions, please contact us on 0131 669 4817.

Updated policies for Day Services

Telfie Central Contingent Plan - What happens if people have COVID symptoms or are contacted by Test and Protect - updated 11Aug21

Although Telfie can only offer limited support in the centre, staff are still available for information or advice.There is also a private webpage for current members of Telfie Central. Details of this can be sent to you by members of the Telfie staff team.Please fill in this form below if you would like to get in touch.

How about GDPR?We have asked for personal information from you. This information is necessary for one of the reasons specified in the General Data Protection Regulation.For more information, please read our full privacy notice HEREIf you have any concerns, please contact us using the details provided in our privacy notice.

The Redwoods Caring Foundation (Redwoods) is a registered charity (SC013566) and limited company (125367).We fully respect your right to privacy and this document sets out details of our privacy practices and what we do to maintain your right to privacy.This notice forms part of our website terms and conditions (website terms). By accepting our Website Terms or by visiting (the website) you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this Privacy Policy.What information do we collect from you?Through your use of [through your use of]our website we may collect the following information from you:
- Information that you submit by filling in forms on our site;
- Information that you give us when making an enquiry about one of our services.
This may include your name, address, phone number, email address.How will we store and use your information?Any information collected through an enquiry you make will only be used for the purposes of responding to that enquiry, and will only be stored while that enquiry is active. Subsequently your details will be deleted/destroyed in a confidential manner.**Cookies **We do not use any cookies on this website. If you follow any links from this website to an external website, please remember to check the cookies/privacy policy pertaining to that website.Who will access your information?Administrative and management staff will access your information in order to respond to your enquiry.
Redwoods will never pass on your information to any third party.
If you follow an external link from our website, Redwoods takes no responsibility for their content or how they may use your information.Further informationIf you would like further information about any aspect of data protection in Redwoods, please contact the central office at Kirk Farm House, 6 Lasswade Road, Edinburgh EH16 6RZ or at [email protected].You may ask for a copy of our Privacy Policy at any time, noting that this policy covers information collected through our website. Separate policies exist for information collected from our staff and from people we support.You have the right to find out what information we hold about you – you can formally request this: by writing to the address above; or emailing [email protected]. Redwoods reserves the right to make a charge to cover the administration of this.Further information about data protection and your rights can be found at

Please read these terms and conditions (these 'Terms') carefully as they contain important information about your rights and obligations when using this website (the 'Website') and in particular clause 9.6 and 9.7. You should print a copy of these terms for future reference.The Website is owned and operated by The Redwoods Caring Foundation ('we'/'us'/'our') (Redwoods), of Kirk Farm House, 6 Lasswade Road, Edinburgh, EH16 6RZ.
1 How these Terms apply
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1.2 Use of the Website includes accessing or browsing the Website.
1.3 We reserve the right to change these Terms at any time. We will take reasonable steps to make you aware of any changes to the Terms, for example by posting them on the Website. You agree to be bound by the version of these Terms displayed on the Website at the time you use it.
2 Access
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2.2 You are responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the Website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms, and that they comply with them.
2.3 We make reasonable efforts to ensure that the Website is available to view and use 24 hours a day throughout each year however, this is not guaranteed. The Website may be temporarily unavailable at any time because of server or systems failure or other technical issues, or reasons that are beyond our control, required updating, maintenance or repair.
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3.2 The software code contained in and related to the Website and the materials on the Website including text, images, videos, photographs and other materials are protected by Intellectual Property Rights owned by us and our licensors. You acknowledge that the Intellectual Property Rights in the Website and any software code used with and material supplied as part of the Website shall remain with us or our licensors.
3.3 Subject to clause 4 you may:
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3.4 Copying, downloading, storing or printing the materials on the Website for any reason other than personal use or in accordance with clause 4.2.2 is expressly prohibited.
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3.6 No licence is granted to you to use any of our trade marks or those of our affiliated companies.
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4 Use of the Website
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4.2 Provided that you comply with the other provisions of this clause, you may download or print one copy only of pages of our website:
4.2.1 for your own private use; or
4.2.2 to draw attention to the content of our website to members of your organisation.
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4.3.2 alter the content of any webpage you download or print; or
4.3.3 use any images, videos or photographs on the webpage without the accompanying text.
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4.7.2 Temporarily or permanently change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Website, including the availability of any features, information, database or content or restrict access to parts of or the entire Website without notice or liability to you or any third party
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4.8.14 To represent to others that there is any connection between the Website and your business or your views and opinions or that we endorse you or anything connected to you
4.9 In addition, you must not:
4.9.1 Knowingly introduce viruses, Trojans, worms, logic bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful to the Website
4.9.2 Impersonate any other person or fraudulently provide us with incorrect information
4.9.3 Attempt to gain unauthorised access to the Website, the server on which the Website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to it
4.9.4 Attack the Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack
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4.9.6 Remove any copyright notice or notice of any other intellectual property right from the Website or any materials on the Website
4.10 A breach of clause 4.9 or 4.8 may be a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We may report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and disclose your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use the Website will cease immediately.
5Suspending or terminating your access
We reserve the right to terminate or suspend your access to the Website immediately and without notice to you if:
5.1 You breach these Terms (repeatedly or otherwise)
5.2 You are impersonating any other person or entity
5.3 When requested by us to do so, you fail to provide us within a reasonable time with sufficient information to enable us to determine the accuracy and validity of any information supplied by you, or your identity
5.4 We suspect you have engaged, or are about to engage, or have in any way been involved, in fraudulent, defamatory or illegal activity on the Website
6 Linking to the Website
6.1 You must not create a link to the Website from another website, document or any other source without first obtaining our prior written consent.
6.2 Any agreed link must:
6.2.1 Be to the Website's homepage and not to any other page on the Website
6.2.2 Be established from a website or document that is owned by you and does not contain content that is offensive, controversial, defamatory, infringes any intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or does not comply in any way with the law in the UK and the law in any country from which they are hosted
6.2.3 Be provided in such a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it
6.2.4 Not suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists
6.2.5 Not cause the Website or content on the Website to be embedded in or 'framed' by any other website
6.2.6 Not cause the content of the Website to be displayed differently from the way it appears on the Website
6.3 We have no obligation to inform you if the address of the Website home page changes and it is your responsibility to ensure that any link you provide to our homepage is at all times accurate.
6.4 We reserve the right to withdraw our consent without notice and without providing any reasons for withdrawal. Upon receiving such notice you must immediately remove the link and inform us once this has been done.
7 External links
To provide increased value and convenience to our users, we may provide links to other websites or resources for you to access at your sole discretion and risk. You acknowledge and agree that, as you have chosen to enter the linked website we are not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and do not review or endorse and are not responsible or liable in any way, whether directly or indirectly, for:
7.1 The privacy practices of such websites
7.2 The content of such websites, including (without limitation) any advertising, content, products, goods or other materials or services on or available from such websites or resources
7.3 The use which others make of these websites
7.4 Any damage, loss or offence caused or alleged to be caused to you, arising from or in connection with the use of or reliance upon any such advertising, content, products, goods, materials or services available on and/or purchased by you from such external websites or resources
8 Disclaimer
8.1 The content on the Website is provided for general information only. It is not intended to be advice on which you should rely. It shall be your responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through the Website meet your specific requirements.
8.2 We attempt to ensure that the information available on the Website at any time is accurate. However, we do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of material on this Website. We use all reasonable endeavours to correct errors and omissions as quickly as practicable after becoming aware or being notified of them. We make no commitment to ensure that such material is correct or up to date.
8.3 The Website is provided on an 'as is' and 'as available' basis without any representation or endorsement made and we make no warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, statutory or otherwise (unless otherwise expressly stated in these Terms or required by law).
8.4 We make no representation or warranty of any kind express or implied statutory or otherwise regarding the availability of the Website or that it will be timely or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that the Website or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs.
8.5 We will not be responsible or liable to you for any loss of content or material uploaded or transmitted through the Website and we accept no liability of any kind for any loss or damage from action taken in reliance on material or information contained on the Website.
8.6 You are responsible for maintaining appropriate anti-virus software on and appropriately configuring the technological devices, platform and computer programs you use to access the Website that are in your control. You must bear the risk associated with the use of the internet. In particular, we will not be liable for any damage or loss caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, any viruses, Trojans, worms, logic bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful that may infect your computer, peripheral computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material as a result of your use of the Website or you downloading any material posted or sold on the Website or from any website linked to it.
9 Limitation of liability and indemnity
9.1 If you are a consumer, nothing in these Terms affects your legal rights. You can obtain advice about your legal rights from Citizens Advice if you need to.
9.2 We cannot exclude or limit our responsibility to you for:
9.2.1 Death or personal injury resulting from our negligence
9.2.2 Fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation
9.2.3 Action pursuant to section 2(3) of the Consumer Protection Act 1987
9.2.4 Any liability, right or remedy which we cannot exclude or limit pursuant to the Consumer Rights Act 2015
9.2.5 Any other matter for which it would be unlawful for us to exclude or attempt to exclude our liability
9.3 We will not be liable, in contract or delict (including, without limitation, negligence), or in respect of pre-contract or other representations (other than fraudulent or negligent misrepresentations) or otherwise for the below mentioned losses where they have arisen from use of or inability to use the Website for commercial purposes, or use of or reliance on any material or content displayed on the Website or on any linked websites for commercial purposes:
9.3.1 Any economic losses (including without limitation loss of revenues, profits, contracts, business or anticipated savings)
9.3.2 Any loss of goodwill or reputation
9.3.3 Any special or indirect losses
9.3.4 Any loss of data
9.3.5 Wasted management or office time
9.3.6 Any other loss or damage of any kind

9.4 If you are not a consumer we exclude all liability, including any liability in negligence, arising from your use or inability to access or use the Website other than that referred to in clause 9.2.
9.5 If you are a consumer, we are responsible for foreseeable loss or damage which you suffer as a result of a breach by us of the Terms or as a result of our failure to act with reasonable care and skill. Loss or damage is foreseeable if either it is obvious that it will happen or if, at the time the contract was made, both we and you knew it might happen, for example, if you discussed it with us before using the Website. We are not responsible for unforeseeable losses.
9.6 If you are not a consumer, you agree to fully indemnify, defend and hold us, and our officers, directors, employees and suppliers, harmless immediately on demand, from and against all claims, including but not limited to losses (including loss of profit, revenue, goodwill or reputation), costs and expenses, including reasonable administrative and legal costs, arising out of any breach of these Terms by you, or any other liabilities arising out of your use of this Website or any other person accessing the Website using your personal information with your authority.
9.7 If you are a consumer you agree to fully reimburse us, our officers, directors, employees and suppliers for all losses (including loss of profit, revenue, goodwill or reputation), costs and expenses, including reasonable administrative and legal costs, arising out of any breach of these Terms by you, or any other act or omission by you in using the Website or by any other person accessing the Website using your personal information with your authority that results in any legal responsibility on our part to any third party.
10 Use of personal data
You authorise us to transmit your name, address and other personal information supplied by you (included updated information) to obtain information from third parties about you, including, but not limited to, credit reports and so that we may authenticate your identity.
11 General
11.1 We reserve the right to change the domain address of this Website and any services, products, product prices, product specifications and availability at any time.
11.2 Each of the sub-clauses of these Terms should be considered separately. If any of these Terms are found to be unenforceable, invalid or illegal, the rest of these Terms will continue to have full effect.
11.3 These Terms are in English only.
11.4 We will not lose our rights under these Terms by reason of any delay by us in enforcing those rights. We will not be bound by any agreement not to enforce our rights under these Terms unless we have agreed not to do so in writing.
11.5 Any delay by us in enforcing our right, non-enforcement of our rights or agreement not to enforce our rights in respect of one breach by you of these Terms will not prevent us from fully enforcing our rights in respect of any other breach by you of these Terms.
12 Governing law and jurisdiction
12.1 The Website is controlled and operated in the United Kingdom.
12.2 If you are a business, these Terms are governed by the laws of Scotland and the courts of Scotland shall have exclusive jurisdiction over legal proceedings in connection with your use of the Website, any breach of these Terms and any question in connection with the interpretation or application of these Terms.
12.3 If you are a consumer these Terms are governed by the laws of Scotland and you can bring legal proceedings in the Scottish courts. If you live in England or Wales you can bring legal proceedings in either the courts of Scotland or England and Wales. If you live in Northern Ireland you can bring legal proceedings in either the courts of Northern Ireland or Scotland. If you live in another country in the EU, you can bring legal proceedings in either the courts of your home country or Scotland